Friday, October 28, 2011


Ahren went back to school in September.  He is taking a program at a local college to earn a degree as a chef.  I am very proud of him.  Ahren had a difficult school life, especially in high school.  When he was in Kindergarten he was diagnosed with ADHD.  We tried medication and it did not help, in fact Ahren had side affects from it.  (Take into consideration that at the time ADHD was very new and the only medication was Ritalin).  When Ahren was in middle school, he was diagnosed with Bipolar.  We took him to CHOP (Childrens Hopsital in Philadelphia).  A specialist gave Ahren a test and he scored very high determining that he had ADHD and Bipolar.  Over the years medications were given to him but nothing seemed to help.  In fact Ahren slept so much during school.  It wasn't until recently I found out the medication he was on should have been given to him in the evening (not first thing in the morning like we were directed to do) because it causes drowsiness.  I honestly don't know how Ahren passed and graduated school.  It was so frustrating because we knew Ahren was an intelligent boy but it did not show in his school work.  Once Ahren graduated he decided to go off all medications and hasn't taken any for the last 5 years.
I am happy to report that Ahren is doing fantastic in school!  In fact he scored a 104% on his history mid-term!  He has the highest grade in the class right now.  I can't express how proud I am of my son!  He is maturing into a wonderful young man with a bright future ahead of him.


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