Spectrummy Mummy

Asperger's, Allergies, and Adventures Abroad


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Cubby’s school required a physical before admission, so I found a pediatrician and made an appointment for both kids.  Pudding has always been my robust, healthy child, so I wasn’t too concerned about her.  As the days got closer to the appointment, though, her allergies seemed suddenly worse, and she developed diarrhea.  When we finally met with the doctor, she looked pasty and had dark circles under her eyes.

The doctor asked if iron deficiency might be a problem.  Honestly, Pudding has a better diet than most preschoolers, and is in no way as picky as her brother when it comes to food.  I asked him what the symptoms were: headaches (she wouldn’t be able to tell me), weakness (erm..), irritability (well…), attention problems (sure…), and pica (yes).  We’d have to do a blood test, and lucky for us, there was a laboratory right there in the hospital.

Unlucky for us, I was by myself with both kids, no social story preparation for Pudding, and yet more paperwork to complete while we waited.  Somehow we got through it,and waited a few days for the results.  When I got the phone call from the doctor, he told me had more questions than answers, and I’d need to come back in urgently for more blood samples.  I heard “anemia”, “abnormal results” and “white blood cells” before I started to panic.

We returned for another blood draw, but then the laboratory botched the results, so we are waiting again.  The doctor has assured us that it probably isn’t anything too serious, and we are treating her anemia while we try and find out more.  There are many things it could be, so we just have to wait and see what happens.

As I’m sure you all know by now, patience isn’t my virtue, which is why I’m convinced I’m constantly sent trials like these.  I’m sure whoever is in charge of the Ever-After keeps looking up my chart and deciding I’m still not worthy- retest.

So here we are, with more questions than answers.  More worries than peace of mind.  Treating symptoms when we don’t know the cause.  As always, the unknown being a scary place for a parent.  I’m hoping Pudding makes a rapid recovery from this mystery illness.  I’m just glad the doctor picked up on this before it became more serious.  The symptoms had completely eluded me.  I just wish we knew what was causing these problems, and I wish I knew for sure she wasn’t in pain.  The longer we wait, the more uncomfortable I become.

One thing I am comfortable about, is that this particular doctor will find out what is making Pudding ill.  It turns out he diagnosed the first ever case of Asperger’s Syndrome in this country.  The young man was 14, and had been shunted from one doctor to another all his life, until our doctor finally saw what everybody else was missing.  I’m just hoping he can find the missing piece of the puzzle for our girl.

Written by Spectrummy Mummy

September 16, 2011 at 6:19 am

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  1. Thinking of you. The waiting is awful. Sending all good vibes your way.


    September 16, 2011 at 6:44 am

  2. The waiting is truly so hard. Sending all good vibes your way.

    Angela F.

    September 16, 2011 at 6:45 am

  3. These situations are always frightning – there is nothing more scary than the unknown when it comes to our kids.I hope everything turns out ok.


    September 16, 2011 at 6:55 am

  4. Oh gees, crossing fingers and praying up a storm for you guys.


    Fi (Wonderfully Wired Mum)

    September 16, 2011 at 7:59 am

  5. Similar thing happened to us. Abnormally low white cells. Critically low!!! Oh. . . just did the test wrong. Sorry. . . false alarm!


    September 16, 2011 at 9:29 am

  6. Crossing everything here for you, waiting bites!


    September 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm

  7. saying a prayer for you, hope everything turns out to be okay for your precious girl…


    September 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm

  8. I pray that all is well with that little dolly. Perhaps, it’s just a little low iron and a bit of a virus. Thinking of you and will be checking back often for results!


    September 17, 2011 at 9:59 pm

  9. I hope she’ll get well soon.Good luck for the waiting…Health is extremely very important,be sure when you travel abroad you are covered with an International Medical Insurance .God Bless….


    September 18, 2011 at 6:00 am

  10. Thank you all for your good wishes. She doesn’t seem any worse over the last few days, so fingers crossed we’ll find everything to be back to normal next month- if I can hold on that long.

    Spectrummy Mummy

    September 19, 2011 at 12:35 am

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