The King Is Packing On The Pounds This Holiday Season!!
December 28, 2012
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December 28, 2012
I’ve written on here many times about the king’s struggle with appetite and weight gain. There was a 6 month stretch about 2 years back where he lost 6 pounds. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but for a then 7 year old, it was 10% of his body weight. And his pediatrician was kinda concerned.
The wife took upon herself to get those pounds back on him BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY. And she did, but the feeding process was was always excruciating and put a strain on their relationship.
I wrote about his weight issues HERE. You REALLY should read that to get a taste of he feeding problems before moving forward. Please read that one now…
Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you… I’ll look at this pic of Mariah Carey in a Santa suit while I wait for y’all…
Are you back already? Did you read it? Ok, so now moving forward.
So that post was written in June 2011. And things had gotten a little better in the 17 months since then. She got the weight back on him and he kept it on, maybe going up a pound or two…but still in the same weight range he was in when he was a chunky 6 year old and he’s now 9.
But the feeding process hadn’t gotten much better. We would check his school lunch. It was almost all there, left over. And wifey would try to force feed him dinner…maybe using popcorn or Cheerios as reward/ bribery 🙂
Then in October we wound up back in the hospital for more seizures. (read about that hospital visit HERE). Kyle had a 24 hour EEG & they put him on a new anti-seizure med, Depakote. And this new med came with all the usual warnings.
“it may cause him to have an increased appetite and gain weight”
And the wife & I were like, “yeah, we’ve heard that before with a bunch of other meds he’s been on and it’s never happened… we would welcome some weight gain, but we don’t expect it.”
And in mid-October Kyle went on Depakote, and we slowly worked up his dose. And thinking back, maybe we did see some increased appetite. He definitely had more aggression / meltdowns and thinking back, maybe those were hunger related.
But it never really kicked in til around Thanksgiving. It was around then, that we worked up his dose to the full amount that his neurologist wanted him on. And I wrote about how on Thanksgiving Day he was raging, with multiple meltdowns (read here). I even said that maybe they were hunger related.
Well, they were! We don’t have a scale in our house, but from Thanksgiving to Christmas, I’ll bet he put on 6-7 pounds.
He now snacks all day long and also has 3 meals a day! He actually comes and sits down at the table when he wants a true meal!
And when his belly is full, he is a delight to be around! But if you don’t feed the beast 🙂 in time…WATCH OUT!
Having an increased appetite, and eating more comes with some new challenges. Mainly he has more bowel movements and has to pee more… and sometimes has more gas than before… and he doesn’t always know what all these different feelings feel like… so he’s been having alot more pee-pee accidents lately…sometimes probably from trying to push out some gas and then a little pee comes out… lol
But all in all, we are truly happy with this new increased appetite… but it’s amazing how quickly things change.
We went from trying to fatten him up. Wifey adding extra butter or whole milk to lots of his favorite foods or deep frying them….to now trying to offer him more fruit and hoping he gets satiated on the healthier lower calorie options.
And before you say it… we tried GFCF diet years back. He was on it for 18 months and we saw no improvement. In fact he kinda regressed & got worse while on it. (I wrote a little about that HERE). So we are not looking to try any new diets right now. 🙂
But anyway, for now we are kinda thrilled to have a healthy looking kid with a good appetite vs the skinny bony kid we had just a few months ago. And hopefully the weight gain will level off
However, once we get him on an actual scale and see where we are at, we might be shifting into diet mode! But one step at a time….
Here’s a before and after pic.
As y’all know, Kyle holds his breath and protrudes his belly… which makes him look “fat” in the before pic…but look how BONY he was… and look how healthy he looks now!
That’s all for now…
Over and out!
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Written byFrank Campagna
I’m a 48 year old neurotypical dad with a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-).