Ethan and Jonah on St. Patrick's Day!
As some of you know, my twinners are both on ADD medicine. Their grades both began to plummet in 3rd grade. They stopped paying attention in class and were not able to do well on the in class assignments or tests. After an evaluation from the Dr., their teachers and us, we put them on medicine to see if it would help. And after a few trial-and-error type trials, boy did they help! Their grades went from mostly C's to straight A's. Both of them. We were happy!
There have been not very many side effects, but Ethan's medicine (Concerta) effects his appetite. Once it hits his system, he is not very hungry. So, from the hours of 10-5 he doesn't eat a lot. But, at dinner he eats a ton and has a nighttime snack. Jonah is on a different medicine (Intuniv) and hasn't had that same side effect.
As a result, Jonah is bigger than Ethan for the first time in his life. Since my boys are both pretty small for their age anyways, it has been rough to see such a toll on Ethan. In November, we switched to a Specialist in ADD and switched medicines (Focalin) for Ethan- in an attempt to get his appetite back. It didn't help. We have been concerned for him and have been trying to get him to eat more and to work on feeding him more calories- bagels, peanut butter, shakes, etc. But it hasn't done much.
After a trip back to California and others noticing such a weight different in Ethan, we are more intent on getting Ethan's weight up. I will be switching him to Elizabeth and Jonah's Nurse Practitioner and trying him on Jonah's medicine. Prayers are appreciated for this little one of ours!