OCD, ADD, SATs…oh my! part 3

Y’all, I’ve been a bad blogger. When I started writing about the alphabet soup that now describes my family, I had every intention of writing regularly. Then, we went away for Thanksgiving and there wasn’t any reliable WiFi connection. My newly revived blogging habit died a quick death. I am trying again.
OCDADDWordleY’all know where the OCD in the title comes from. Marty has been officially diagnosed and is on meds. Slowly but surely, we are beating his OCD into submission. It is hard. It is really hard when you have to push your kid outside their comfort zone. But, even with the meds, the habits and routines of the OCD/germaphobia are so ingrained, pushing him beyond his comfort zone is the only way to to help him overcome it.

The rest of the alphabet soup comes from the other kids. I’ve known for a long time that Joey has ADD…he truly is Vic’s mini me. However, we do need to get Joey officially diagnosed because his ADD is affecting his standardized test scores and I want accommodations in place before high school. Also, we’ve come to the firm conclusion that Gabe has ADHD cause, you know, we have to have the extra letter in there. We are also pursuing an official diagnosis for him because he gets so distracted during the standardized testing that his test scores suck and he desperately needs the intellectual stimulation of the gifted program. Sometimes a mom feels just a wee bit overwhelmed. I know that no one ever promised parenting would be easy but there are times I think my fortitude and ability to cope have been vastly overestimated.

The one part of the alphabet soup of the title that is completely resolved in the SAT part. Marty took the SATs back in December and, despite nerves and the OCD gremlins, he kicked butt. Marty scored well enough on his one run at the SATs that he got into his first choice college, Lenoir Rhyne University, and he has a substantial academic scholarship in place.

Life is good. Life is hard. I’m happy. I’m stressed. I’m worried. Basically, life is normal and things are pretty good. How are y’all doing?

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