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Hi I am new to this board, alll though I jump in and lurk from time to time.
I am Anna, and have 4 daughters Liv (13) Kayla (10) Cari (7) and Maddy (5).
We have known since Cari was very young, that she was "high maintenance" and then "our wild monkey". By the time she was 4, we were pretty sure she was ADHD. She didnt have a lot of issues in Kindergarten, because her teachers were very good with active learning, and since she is in an immersion program a school, I hypothesize that her brain was so active trying to pick up the Spanish, that the rest of her could sit still better. We greatly limit her sugar intake, and try to stay on a pretty good schedule. Her teachers were able to put her on a behavior/homework modification program, and we havent really worried about official testing.
Now that she is in 2nd grade, we are really beginning to have a lot of issues. There is much more sitting still and actual writing homeowrk, as well as timed tests for math facts. It soon became evident that we needed to go ahead and get the official diagnosis, if for nothing more than to get an official IEP (instead of just working with her teachers). We've been hesitant to put her on medications because she is tiny, and I was concerned about the growth issues I have heard about.
After much discussion, we are going to try medication, and see if we can find one that will work well for her without the loss of appetite. She also has trouble sleeping right now, so we will have to watch for those side effects too. We are starting with Metadate CD 10 mg once a day. We'll begin on Saturday to see how she does. We have a phone consulation in a week, and an in office consult after two weeks.
Welcome to the board! I know it's a hard decision on whether to medicate or not but sometimes it's what's needed. I know we've been on 2 meds now with DS1. So far, concerta is working but it's only a matter of time till we start to see side effects again. If you know the side effects and can be aware of them if they come up, you'll be good. KUP on on your DD does on Medadate.
Well so far things are going pretty well. We started the meds on 10/23. We didnt notice a big change the first few days, but her teachers gave rave reviews beginning on Thursday. Monday through Wednesday were good days for Cari, but she still was off task and talking a lot. Thurs and Friday she was able to finish all of her work. She was even able to take a break, come back, and start right back up on the assignment. This was great feedback.
I dont notice much difference in the mornings (i am sure its just not kicked in) and by the evening I think it has started to wear off. This weekend was hard to tell. We were completely off our schedules and there was lots of sugar. We only had one meltdown though, when she was ready to start trick or treating, but it was not time yet.