I am a single mom (not diagnosed with ADHD but believe I probably fit the profile) of a very hyperactive ADHD boy, am self employed and somewhat overworked. Not a good combination!
My son got diagnosed in March 2014 but did not really start meds until August of 2014. He was on ritalin extended release and guanfacine, but the ER version of the ritalin doubled in price recently so now he's on the short version and has to medicate 3 x daily.
Sometimes the camp he goes to forgets a dose and I pick him up at 5 and I can tell he's having a hard time behaving. Last night, when he had only one dose all day, he went in the backyard while I was doing something else and got in to mischief throwing pebbles and what not. Well my neighbor's son, who is late 20's or early 30's comes over here in a rage and yells at me, telling me my son is going to torture animals, put animals in microwaves, he damaged his car and he's going to send me a bill, blah blah blah.
I got so upset I shut the door on him. Then he comes back to say next time my son acts up he'll call the police and so on...
Sometimes I just don't know how I'm going to make it through to adulthood with my son. I'm kind of at the end of my rope.
I think I may just carry his meds with me and medicate him even if it's late in the day, if he's showing signs he is potentially going to get in to trouble.
I had been hoping to try a nonstimulant but I'm beginning to think this isn't a realistic option.