Candace and Mel
Did you see the recent pick posted on the MJ FB page...umm..I don't care if they are mesh bags but I don't think I would run for the camera If I saw my kids had bags over their heads mesh or not...just sayin
ok here's his total allergy breakdown
- Grass pollen
- Weed pollen
- ragweed pollen
- tree pollen
No animal dander allergies :woohoo:
Perennial Allergies (year round)
- cockroach (dust)
but not dust mites.
Anyone want a most disgusting explanation of the cockroach allergy? Even though we don't have cockroaches in our home, we still have cockroach dust in our houses, and come in contact with it in institutional places like schools, grocery stores etc. We bring it into our home when we bring home groceries etc. Are totally skeeved out now?
She has dx'd him with allergic rhinitis, Reactive Airway Disease (NOT ASTHMA!!!!) and atopic conjunctivitis. She completely agrees with me, (or I completely agree with her) that these allergies are the cause of the majority of his illnesses, they have not been viral, but the small percentage of the viral illnesses he's had have turned into secondary infections because of his allergies. The biggest of his allergies is mold. Jax's mattress is very old. She recommend we encase it in a zip up allergen cover. I asked if we should just replace it, and she said it wouldn't be a bad idea, but that she would still recommend it be encased. We are doing the prescription form of zyrtec daily from March to June, as needed in July, and then back to daily through oct until the ragweed count goes down, then as needed through the winter. She also prescribed him an eye drop for his eyes. She thinks he will grow out of the wheezing and her first thought about it, is that it is pretty much the direct cause of the RSV we had last year. (tells you how serious that virus is)
There is so much to catch up on... I don't know why I have been so much busier than usual, but I kinda wish I could just sit around for a while. lol
Thanks for the link, Mel. Is that the same company as last time? For the cold vs. allergies, I was actually talking about me. lol Two weeks ago, I had a wicked sore throat for 2 days and lost my voice and got what I thought was a cold with a bad cough. I never really felt SICK, just had all those symptoms. Finally started to get better, but then woke up yesterday with all congested and it's much worse today. I've been constantly blowing my nose all morning, much more than I ever needed to for the past 2 weeks. So now I don't know what's going on. My DH says that allergies are like never-ending colds... I just want to feel better! Both of the boys have congested-sounding coughs, but not really runny noses. Brian's allergist said on Friday that he seemed congested and wanted him to start taking zyrtec.
So we saw Brian's allergist on Friday. Did I post about this already? I can't remember. Sorry if I'm repeating myself. We just tested him for sesame, but it was kind of silly because he had such a bad reaction to it the one time I gave it to him that I already knew that was the allergy - but I guess it's good to know for sure. So now Brian's allergic officially to eggs, all nuts, sesame. He's never had any kind of fish (we're really not fishy people lol), so I don't know if he's allergic to shellfish or not. She suspects he might have some seasonal allergies, too, but doesn't usually test them for those this young because she likes to wait to see how they develop and she treats them the same regardless (if they're having symptoms). So she'll probably test him for seasonal allergies next year. In the meantime, she wants him to start taking zyrtec, but when i mentioned this to DH, he said that both zyrtec and allegra make him feel lousy and don't really help him, and he's had much better luck with claritin. so i called the allergist and she said that was fine. but does it really matter if we just all have colds??
The boys had their 18 month check-up yesterday with their new pedi... and I had a job interview right after that, so we hit the ground running this week!!
I like their new pedi. Several of my friends see him and he's very well respected - it's hard to get into his practice and the only way we were able to was because our pedi left. Anyway, I was impressed by 2 things. 1) when he first walked into the room, I had all 3 kids in there by myself and it was a CIRCUS. Micah was wandering aimlessly whining. Noelle was upset because Brian had taken one of her crayons. Brian had JUST discovered that these magic crayons actually make marks on stuff and was writing on the door (thank God they were washable crayons and wiped off easily). So I'm trying to introduce us to the pedi - making a wonderful impression, of course lol - and the first thing he said was that Brian was acting absolutely appropriately for his age. 2) I really liked the way that he carefully observed the boys and paid close attention to their behavior in addition to just checking them physically. He was very intent. Also, he's not at all concerned with their limited vocabulary right now. He said that the most important thing is that they are trying to communicate and able to do so with their signs. He also had a response for everything they tried to say to him, which was very sweet and something I also try to do. When he left, he thanked all 3 of them for their time. lol
I wasn't thrilled with our brief discussion about vaccinations. We don't do the MMR or the chicken pox (I'm trying to find the individual components of the MMR so we can do measles and mumps and skip the rubella) and he gave me some grief about it, stating that Dr.Sears cites himself several times and didn't have adequate medical evidence to back up his claims. I did point out that we have stayed on the schedule for vaxes (which he conceded) and he also offered to investigate the whole aborted fetal tissue issue (which is the reason we've skipped those 2). So I guess it was sort of resolved, I just didn't really like the way the conversation felt - but I bet he has to fight with parents about vaxes a lot...
About the job interview - I've been hired to teach class piano and private lessons at a local university. The chair of the piano dept was incredibly kind and gracious and completely willing to be flexible with my crazy schedule. She was also glad I am going to be taking a 4-6pm class for her because that means she gets to leave earlier on Tuesdays next year. I'd much prefer to just be a SAHM full-time, but since I do need to supplement our income, this is going to be a great situation and she was willing to give me as many sections as i wanted, so this will allow me to add hours if I want as the kids get older. The pay is great, too, better than I expected, so we're pretty happy and thankful. I agreed to teach one class and 2 hours of private lessons, so that brings up my total number of teaching hours to 9 a week.
Crap, Brian just woke up. I'm so glad he sleeps well at night, because he is such a bad napper.
Where is Julie?
Hiya! Sorry I've been missing but was having log in issues that hopefully are all fixed now!!! I didn't even lurk here because I knew I couldn't comment lol! But I missed chatting with you guys!!!!!!
I'm sure I'm going to miss a lot commenting lol!!!
Emily that is so cool about the owl at Miles' school!! And so glad his party went well, a bouncy is always a big hit!
Peg LOL that Alyssa pulled the pinata on the first try!!! Go girl lol! I bet it was a great party, was it all good even with a Tangled party the previous day?
Colleen, love the swing set pics, that is one cool set!!!!
Mel, so glad Jax has a dx on the allergies!!!!! I hope they lighten up as he gets older and it's not life long. And hope he gets some relief as well, especially with the secondary infections!!! Love the MJ stash and pics, I cannot believe how big Abs is, she's beautiful!
Nicole I'm sorry about your MIL, I'm sure that's painful!! And sorry about the clothes being given away too...that happened to me with my cousin's wife...jumperoo, exersaucer, mat clothes, etc...she sold ALL of it, and I specifically said I wanted it all back. Stupid people!!!
Candace hope the girls are calmer for you today! So are the boobs built into the bras? I would imagine it would feel itchy or something after awhile against the scar tissue, I like your plan of putting on the tatas when you go out but just relaxing at home!
Okay that's all I remember I'm sorry!
Hi Kelly, Karrie, Emily c3po, Allie, Ruth and anyone else I didn't mean to forget lol!!!
Ok, first. I'm sorry you can't tell if you are sick or if you have allergies. I can't explain the differences and how I tell if it's allergies, other than I feel sick when I have a cold, and am just miserable with extra snot and mucus when it's allergies. Maybe if you google allergies symptoms versus cold symptoms you'll come across a great site where someone has compiled a better description.
You had not told about Brian's (man I hope I chose the right one ) allergist appt last Fri. and (this is just my opinion) but side effects from medications (zyrtec vs claratin) are very individual. And if Rick had said to me what Al said to you, I think I would have taken it with a grain of salt and gone with the original recommendation of the allergist. Zyrtec does nothing for Rick but makes him drowsy for the first couple of hours. But, a placebo would make Rick drowsy. Zyrtec works great for me. Claritin does not work for anyone in this house. Allegra is my second drug of choice. FWIW, Claritin doesn't work for most people. This is what I learned today, yes it does matter even if you just have colds. Because if you have allergies, you already have a sinus cavity that is irritated and ripe for an infection, add to that an increase in thick mucus and you have the perfect recipe for a sinus infection that will need an abx. Keep the mucus production under control with an antihistamine and keeping it thinned out with a saline nose spray and you have less chance of a bacterial infection setting in.
Yay, Julie's back!
Ruth, congrats on the new job. I bet you will LOVE getting out and teaching for those hours per week. A little time to be YOU and focus on something you love. Great that they are willing to flex etc.
Mel, wow, your allergist sounds awesome! Hope that the new prescriptions help to keep Jax feeling well.
Emily (ms), that owl sounds fantastic!
Peg, funny that Alyssa pulled the string first. I'm sure that the kids enjoyed the stuff in in, even if they didn't get the "mystery" of when it would break!
We just got approved for a home equity loan...yay! We are consolidating all our debts into one, which eliminates a HUGE amount of money out of our monthly budget that is going strictly to interest. And we renewed our mortgage at a lower rate, which also saves me money each month. Sigh...that is such a huge relief for me right now!
Candace, I meant to comment on the tatas...yes, I would only wear them out and about too...may as well be comfy at home. My aunt has ones that are just individual, that you stick into the pockets of the bra. Similar idea?
Mel, love the pics of Jax and Abigail!! They are both so cute. And wow about her closet! That is a lot of MJ.
Colleen, that swingset looks like a lot of fun! Are you still rowing?
Julie!!! Nice to see you back chica!
Nicole, congrats on the loan!!!!
Candace, hope today is going better for you. Yay for new boobs though
Peg, sounds like you were crazy busy during Alyssa's party. It is hard to actually enjoy kids' parties because we as moms are too busy making sure things go as planned. And the last two birthday parties that I went to that had the pull-string pinatas all the goods came out after the first string was pulled.
Ruth, congrats on the new job!
Hi Kelly, Kat, Emily, Allie, Deb, Karrie and all other wonderful BBB'ers!
ok, about the MJ. I may or may not know someone, that you all may or may not also know, that has just as big of an MJ stash. YES, ladies. There is a sandbagger in our midst. I could force her out of hiding...........
julie, you animal......welcome back!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!
emily.....yup.........still rowing......did it for 1hr today and did just over 5 miles......like 8500 kilometers?? meters?? i forget what the measurment is......i love it......and i can totally see a difference in my gigantic belly......so....it's a working......now to just stick with it......i've had it a week today and have used it daily (except sunday)
mel you must be talking about candace and her mj stash......LOL .........she's got a beautiful collection!!!!!! i think we need pics of her girls closet, too.......
nicole........score on the home equity/new refi.......i need to roll my home equity into a refi.....like yesterday.........
ruth......i'm so glad you liked your new pedi........i've got nothing on the allergy front....mels got good info/advice!!!!! so sesame....is that a common allergan?? and score on the job with good pay and flexibility!!!!!!! sounds perfect!!!!!!!!!!! doing what you love and at your convenience.....sounds like a fantastic balance......i'm so happy for you!!!!!!!
ooooh Colleen, thanks for reminding me. I also was wondering about the sesame, like is that going to roll over into other seed foods?
Welcome back Julie.
Mel- someone with just as big a stash of MJ as you. That is unbelieveable.
Our MJ and LMN stash.. There's more than I thought
and the picture is really blurry for some stupid reason.
Here's the original one before I realized I forgot the Jasmine Anna and the Midnight ruffles
Ruth - FWIW, Clairitin seems to be the only thing that works for Miles and I. And yes, I have argued with both of our docs about it because, like Mel said, usually it's the opposite.
I have to say, I notice a HUGE difference in both of us now that we're both taking the allergy meds daily. Ours was definitely allergies and NOT a virus like I was thinking. And, ever since I moved to New York, my allergies present differently. I don't know if it's just a different allergen or what, but I get a really bad cough and sore throat (from post nasal drip). But if it STARTED with a sore throat, I'd be more inclined to think virus, personally.
And yea, what made you think to test sesame?
Mel - did you ask to be referred to an allergist? I was under the impression that most allergests wouldn't test for the seasonal kind of allergies at this age. Or maybe I'm just forgetting that our kids are getting older, lol.
Yay!! Julie's back. Love the picture of your kiddos!
Emily - love your new siggie pic, too!
Colleen - WTG with the rowing!
Belle and Ben are both on Zyrtec daily. It's really been pretty effective for them, aside from the hope that it would help keep the fluid in Ben's ears under control. They both have quit coughing horribly and sneezing. Belle has also lost her allergy shiners.
Ruth very cool about the job opportunity! That is perfect that it works into the schedule! And man on the allergies, I can't believe sesame though, seeds are so rarely allergens I thought, unlike nuts. Does dh have any food allergies or just seasonal?
Kerri cute stash!
Hmmm, I was thinking Colleen has a pretty good MJ stash! Hmmmmm?
Emily c3po love that siggy! How have you been? What's the date on dh's return now, I forget.
Ms Emily Claritin works for me too lol! Well, as well as anything can work....does anyone feel "all better" with meds or just not as bad as without?
Kat how did Sophia do on her first flight?
Hmmmm some waffle cone ice cream is calling my name!
Julie, and I love YOUR new siggy! Colby and Daphne look so much alike. Mmmmm waffle cone ice cream sounds yummy! DH is coming home at the end of August. Hopefully they do not push that date back a third time.
Colleen, holy crap an hour of rowing?? :bowing: and that is all I have to say about that
Kerri, you have got quite the collection too!
Kat, how is Sophia doing with the PT today?
I get the meanest mother of the year award today..... Gweny has been TERRIBLE lately. Fit throwing, talking back, yelling at me, telling me no, not listening, laughing at me when I put her in time out or take toys away from her....and the list goes on and on and on. Finally today I snapped and completely lost it. I went and got her my little ponies and I made her throw them in the trash can She was so upset. I have never seen her that sad before and it wasn't a fit throwing cry she was doing, she was really hurt. I made sure to put some plastic bags in the trash can before I made her throw them away so I could take them out of the trash. After letting her cry it out for a good bit I did give them back to her and she was the most grateful I have ever seen her! She has been good as gold since so I guess I got my point across, but manoman I really do feel bad and I hope I didn't traumatize her or anything
Julie- Sofia did really well on her first flight. At first she.wanted to sit on my lap, but I convinced her to sit on her seat. They didnt complain about their ears at all. I brought the DS and the LeapPad and they were good as gold.
Emily- hit and miss today. She held it for a while but peed at Mil's. Came home and peed onbthe potty again. Then she peed and pooped in a diaper. Then peed on the potty. Finally sat her before bed and nothing. I hope she holds it over night, but she usually does. I think what you did is not at all terrible. It is hard to watch our kids heart's be broken but you let her know there are consequences to her actions.
ugh..allergies. Claritin does NOTHING for my allergies. In fact, Zyrtec knocks me out, but doesn't really help. Allegra used to help, but then stopped. The only thing that did help when I had allergies in full force (thank you Grace) was Clarinex combined with Singular and some nasal spray and eye drops. I think the effects of each drug really depends on the person.
Emily, I am THIS CLOSE or this close[SIZE=2] however I should type it - to doing something similar to Cadence. She is acting so crazy these days and it is obvious she doesn't believe anything I say. I don't think you did any long term "damage" to her at all. Yes, she may remember it, but in a way that will benefit you!!!
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Emily and Julie, LOVE the new siggies!!
you got me.
When they did the blood test on Micah (I think it's called RAST? - it's just a screening test for the common allergens), sesame came back as a possibility, so that's how I even knew to suspect it. Apparently, sesame is not a common allergy for the average person, but it IS a common allergy if someone already has other food allergies, if that makes sense. There was no doubt that Brian reacted to the sesame. I gave them a little snack of hummus on sesame seed pita chips and even though Brian didn't like it and only had one bite, he started reacting very quickly. It was his worst reaction so far. Poor kid was just miserable until the benadryl kicked in. I don't know what else he might be allergic to that we haven't tried yet (aside from shellfish). I feel like he's eaten just about everything except fish by now. I really hope he outgrows these allergies!!
Sounds good to me. I'd like to think allergies wouldn't make me this miserable. That, and my DH is allergic to just about everything and he hasn't felt that bad today... I hope I feel better tomorrow.
Waffle cone ice cream? Nope, DH doesn't have any food allergies (except his skin reacts to red wine - his face gets splotchy and his lips turn gray. kinda freaky.). I really hope Brian outgrows them. And I hope Micah isn't allergic to anything (we haven't tried peanut butter with him yet, but he's been fine with everything else... although he does have eczema so there's something out there that he's allergic to).
Candace, yay for boobs! My grandmother liked that she could take hers off. lol
Nicole, awesome news about the home equity stuff!!!!
Emily, you gotta do what you gotta do. You were nice to give them back to her. I made Noelle throw something away a few months ago and she didn't get it back... so I guess that means I actually have the title of world's meanest mom. lol
OK, I forget what else I read, sorry. Gotta get to bed.