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Better

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Cubby got sick yesterday.  He started with diarrhea, went to lost appetite, and finished up at fever.  We had a stay-at-home day making the most of our new GIANT beanbag (only it isn’t beans and the kids adore the sensory experience) thing.  So there was too much TV and movies, with a little bit of drawing and writing practice, but mostly a comfortable day at home.

Then comes nightfall, and the illness kicked up a notch, as they are wont to do.  He was sick all over our bed, and the diarrhea became worse.  The fever got higher today.  It would abate when we gave him medicine, but then pick up again as it wore off.  The highest it got was 102.7.  In the week, we’d have been straight to the clinic, but at the weekend it gets trickier.  He didn’t appear dehydrated, but the diarrhea was more frequent, and he was definitely more miserable.

In the late afternoon, I changed his diaper and found blood and mucous.  Oops, should have done a warning earlier in this post, shouldn’t I?  I really hope you’re not reading this over breakfast.  Sorry.  Anyway, with that, the four of us were winging it to the ER/Casualty whatever you want to call it.  Last time I went there was with Pudding, and it had been a pretty bad experience.  Spectrummy Daddy pointed out the peanuts(!) scattered on the floor, and I wasn’t hoping for much better on this occasion.

But this time it was better.  They did chide me for only having a GP and not a pediatrician.  But I just took it, without pointing out that our GP knows more about allergies and anaphylaxis than anyone in that nut-infested clinic, and that we did have a pediatrician based in this very hospital, but he died and you didn’t tell us and when we called for an appointment the replacement had too many patients so we had to go elsewhere.  To the GP.

I also didn’t, having learned my lesson the last time, try to tell them about Cubby’s sensory issues, or his hyperactivity, how he could have ADHD, or he might have a dash of Asperger’s.  I kept mum, if you will.  This was much better.  He was just a three year-old having a very bad weekend, and we were just his average family looking for some help.  They found us a room quickly, and the doctor came not much longer after that.

The doctor examined Cubby, who only resisted slightly (progress!).  He decided Cubby was not dehydrated, and the bloody stools were a result of too much diarrhea, probably caused by an infection.  He wrote a prescription, and we were free to go.

Not much of a story, eh?  Well, for me the big story here is what I’m not mentioning.  Have you noticed I haven’t spoken of Pudding?  Pudding, who can’t stand to be cooped up in the house for two days, coped.  And Pudding, who hates the hospital, came along without a peep.  And Pudding, who used to crawl all over the floor and put everything she found in her mouth, sat in her chair and didn’t even notice the peanuts on the floor.  Pudding, who finds waiting rooms too much, waited.  Pudding, who finds the examination room a sensory nightmare, sat in her chair and drew Hello Kitty.

So, while it wasn’t the best weekend, it shows the leaps and bounds our girl has been making lately.  Not just in things she can can now do, but also in the things she no longer does.  Today could have been a hundred times worse.  Today I saw how things are getting better.  Now we only need to hope the same for poor Cubby.

 

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October 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Waiting

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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.

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September 16, 2011 at 6:19 am