Well I think that should be my new name, when it comes to my blog!
Things have been tough since about November.
I'm good at keeping my chin up, and can always find positive in just about any situation!
But, you do get worn down.
Emotionally. Physically. Spiritually.
So you just don't feel like shouting to the world what all is going on in your little world! Ya know?
Anyway... a quick little update.
My camera is broken - so no pics today, or for a while! :(
My youngest daughter, Calli, has been ill since November.
Very severe stomach pains, and cramping and nausea and vomiting. :(
LOTS of doctors visits, too many ER visits, and not enough answers!
We "wasted" three whole months with a doctor that had an ego the size of Russia, and his office staff were as inept as the size of his ego! Not a good situation! Finally fired him, and found another doctor... had to wait 5 weeks to get in to see him. But, praise God - on the first visit, they did 5 different tests, including a thorough ultrasound, xrays, stool tests and a few others. They were able to eliminate soo many of the possibilities! We spent two weeks doing an agressive flush on Calli's system, and then prepped for a colonoscopy and an endoscopy.
Her pain was constant, but would flare up for 4 or 5 days and keep her doubled over in pain... and then it would just ease up enough for her to function reasonably well.
Do you know how hard it is watching your little (and getting smaller by the day) daughter be in pain for that long??
Let me just tell you... it is THE MOST HELPLESS horrible feeling in the world!
Mommys are supposed to be able to make it all better!! :(
Anyway, she had those procedures done, and they figured out what was going on.
She had a bacteria in her stomach called Helicobacter pylori. Something that is extremely common!! But 80% of people don't show symptoms or even know they have it. ?
So why does it affect the other 20% so horribly??
I have no idea. I asked that question of the specialists and they didn't know either. Their guess is something about DNA.
Anyway, they put her on 2 weeks of doubled up antibiotics, and an acid blocker. Her stomach was already so trashed, with the beginnings of a peptic ulcer. :( Add on peppermint oil to help with the nausea and vomiting, and probiotics. She was taking a pill like every 2 hours through out the day, as they all had to be spaced apart.
Geez. We prayed over her. We laid hands on her.
We kept hoping to see some improvement after the 2 weeks.
Ok.. so.. it's not unheard of for this bacteria to take two huge rounds of antibiotics, to kill it off. We were just hoping for the shorter version! :)
Then she got that RSV hummer of a virus that was going around.
Like she hasn't already dealt with enough?
Two weeks of it... and thankfully she didn't get it all that bad!
She was feeling much better last week. She had her birthday party on Saturday. (can't believe she is 9 !)
And then... on Sunday night she was feeling kind of yucky. By monday morning she sounded like she had croup, and had a fever of 103.
Off to the doctor we went.
Dumb doctor told me - oh it's nothing. Just give her some ibuprofen!
*ok.. sorry... insert a little momism here. Moms KNOW their kids! I knew that morning what it was on it's way to being. Doctors NEED to listen to moms! I am a mother of 4 - not a new mom who freaks out over the tinest little thing! Hellooo!*
And of course, by wednesday it was horrible. So back to the doctor we went yesterday.
Now, they have her back on antibiotics (this is not good for her system, you know that right? But what choice do they have?) AND she has pink eye to boot!
My heart is breaking for her.
She is so miserable. :(
She's been fighting all this junk for months, and she is just exhausted, the poor baby! :(
And that cough is horrible. I know how much i hurt when i had it a few weeks ago. You never stop coughing, and ya just want someone to shoot you and put you out of your misery!
And she's so little. And it's just wracking her poor little body. :(
Arrrggghh. And I feel sooo dang helpless! I just want to make her feel better!
I wouldn't trade being a mom for ANYTHING.
But as you moms know, sometimes it just plain sucks!!
You don't sleep when your kids are this sick. The worry factor is off the charts. I'm sure i'm not the only mom who hits this point?!
She has missed a ton of school. And he last three days are next week. Praying, praying she will be well enough to go for that last 3 days. She's missed all the fun stuff this last week. Parties, yearbook signing, field trips. :( Hoping we can get her back on the road to recovery this weekend! So she can have those last few days with her friends!
Prayers for her would be wonderful!!