I booked an appointment with-a local psychiatrist for difficult child, just to shake things up a bit and get a 2nd opinion. I'm sick of being on 2-mo waiting lists for 5 mo's and just booked with-someone in a practice where I had already met a cpl people. I can't tell if there's a mood disorder on top of the Asperger's, or a medication issue or what, but I've never been thrilled with-the psychiatric we've had. This guy is awesome. He's young, black, into hip hop, has lots of experience with-drug abuse, and cuts to the chase in a split second. He is very in-your-face in a nice way. We accomplished more in 45 min. with-him than we have with-the other psychiatric in 6 mo's. I'm calling the ofc tomorrow and having difficult child's records moved. New psychiatric wants to take difficult child off of Adderall and put him on an alternative that won't give difficult child the rebound effect he's getting. (A cpl people here suggested that, too, a mo ago, at least.) He also suggested that difficult child has been in precocious puberty (hope I got that right) iow, that he is an early bloomer, since he started sporting a mustache at age 9 , and the pediatrician wasn't alarmed because difficult child was still in that window of 9-15, but didn't take into consideration the mood effects. So I'm going to try to get an endocrine workup. That will help us determine which way to go with-the moods and medications. He asked a lot of pointed, personal questions and I thought difficult child would die on the spot, but it really cut through a lot of garbage, and as I said, moved us ahead. I felt like we were on a plateau, in regard to therapy and medications. I don't know if any of this will work, but it feels good to at least be doing something! This has been the most awful 2 wks of my life ... financial issues with-our broker, issues with-my 81-yr-old cousin, P, our hot water heater went out, I thought fios would be a good idea, so Verizon started the work, dug a trench, installed wires, and cut out lines. Zip. No phone, no computer for 10 days. I'm on husband's ofc computer. Cust svc was rude (I am going to file a complaint) Oh, speaking of which, P's ins in NY was still in effect and it was conflicting with-Medicare. They sent me a ltr in Jan that said she'd been disenrolled and they never actually did it. Then they told me they couldn't find my POA. Then they found it but it wasn't stapled to the disenr. form. Then they said the 60-day window had closed and they needed me to write a ltr. I filed an online complaint with-the State of NY Ins Dept. P's pain mgmt dr refused to see her because her ID was too old! So we went shopping. ALL day. Arg. She picked out tons of panties, and one partic nice pr of lace from Macy's. She then dumped the bag on her bed and offered one of the nurses her pick. Of course the nurse picked the expensive pr. Now P wants to go shopping and have me take time out to get her more for herself ... I don't THINK so! difficult child has been obnoxious and is flunking. I mean, this is it, folks. He's flunking 3 out of 4 classes and he doesn't understand that he can't turn in a 3-wk project late, which he just did, and start it after it's due. He's driving me nuts. His voice is so loud, and I know some of that is the autism, but all the antidepressants and/or wine in the world just can't seem to calm me down when he's screaming at me. Of course, it only lasts a few min, and he's fine. But I'm not. I'm learning to walk away, literally, out of the house, and come back in 15 min and that helps a lot. Meanwhile, he has to use my computer because he wrecked the pins on his plug by shoving it too hard, which means I have to sit there with-him because he cannot be alone in my ofc ... So I sure hope this new psychiatric works a miracle. He is avail every other Sat, which is very unusual and helpful. Gosh, psychiatric in the a.m. and baseball in the afternoon. What more could you want?