Well things have not gotten better. We went to the doctor this morning.
Yesterday she actually had a pretty good day all day. She was in a good mood, active and pretty happy. Ate well all day. Aodhan had some friends over to celebrate his birthday and we all spent a lot of time outdoors, no complaints from Nathalie.
But i still made the doc appointment for today anyway, especially since it was her regular doctor who would be seeing her, instead of a random one on duty.
So i bring her in this morning for the appointment and she throws up on the way there. She then threw up twice more while we were at the docs, and once more on the way home.
I gave the doc the headache diary that I've been keeping. The last two times that she has thrown up, there has not been any report of headache to go along with it, so now the doc thinks that maybe the Rx she gave is working for the headaches and that she might have coincidentally caught a stomach bug in the last few days.
I don't think she's right, but i can understand where the logic comes from. Nathalie threw up two days ago, was fine yesterday...then threw up 4 more times this morning. Nathalie has an excellent resistance to stomach viruses, she is typically a one and done vomiter while the three older kids have it for at least a day if not more. This would be very out of the ordinary. I did tell the doc that, but its probably treated as anecdotal information.
Anyway...she told me to give her pedialite today and slowly ease her back into eating. Now that we've been home for an hour...she is acting fine, totally like herself and not sick at all. I gave her the pedialite anyway.
They did a urine test and a strep test and tried to do a blood draw but the woman who was there (only does weekends i guess) couldn't get any blood, so she has to go back for that tomorrow. The woman who is there during the week is much better at it i guess.
The doctor did ask if she has been bitten by a tick recently. I told her not that i know of but that they do play outside a lot. Doctor said that standard practice is that you only test for lyme if there is reason to do so, like a known tick bite. She says for now they put it on a secondary list after they rule out other things. I don't fully understand why they don't just test for that tomorrow though since they are doing the blood draw anyway. Whatever.
I just want answers at this point. I don't think she has a stomach bug....the poor girl looks so miserable some of the time and pretty normal the rest of the time. I've never seen anything like this before.
Oh Kim, I'm sorry. It has to be so hard. It doesn't sound much like a stomach bug but hopefully you'll have answers very soon. You should push for the lyme disease test. Why not? I know (as I'm sure you do) that you have to be aggressive when it comes to medical situations and they'll have the blood. Make them do it.
I'm so sorry Kim! My niece suffers from migraines as well, but not with the frequency Nathalie has been dealing with them. I hope the bloodwork might point to something for the cause of the headaches.
AFM - sorry I've been so bad about posting on here lately. With my sister and kids in town we've been pretty busy with that. I'm taking it easy today since I started the morning off early with a 15 mile run. Marathon training kind of sucks sometime ....it was raining when I got up, and I so wanted to turn back over and go back to sleep. But I was meeting up with a friend, so I got my butt out of bed and actually had a great time. This is the furthest I've ever run, and it's just going to get longer and harder from here on out.
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Laurie, i looked into it a little, why they don't want to push the testing early, my doctor's words were "the recommendation is to not go seeking it out unless there is reason to" So i asked my brother in law, who just recently graduated from med school, and I checked the cdc site to learn more.
Vomiting and headaches is actually atypical presentation of lyme disease...not that it doesn't happen, just that its not the way it typical shows. That coupled with the fact that I didn't see a tick bite at any time means that there are probably more likely causes. But the last part of the whole thing is that the lyme disease test is fairly succeptable to both false negatives AND false positives. So to do that as a first step in this situation, doesn't make a lot of sense and could lead us down the wrong road.
After learning about it, it made more sense to me.
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That makes sense!
I do hope you find some answers asap....how stressful for you and how terrible for Nathalie!
So i've been all caught up in this thing with Nathalie that I haven't mentioned some of the positives that went on this weekend. We had a few of Aodhan's friends over Saturday to celebrate his birthday. They had a great time. Believe it or not, it was the actual first 'non-family' birthday part we've done, where the kids invited their friends. And i loved it because i didn't have to invite the whole class...he very decidedly mentioned four friends that he wanted there and that was it! Easy peasy compared to the insanity that is a class birthday party.
Then Saturday night we went to see A Prairie Home Companion...it was so much fun! It was really a great show...beautiful night too. Seamus and i went out for a couple of beers after. It was a great date night.
We had all of Seamus' family over for dinner last night. We made Spent Grains Veggie/Black Bean burgers. Very tasty!
Glad you're having some fun, Kim!
We never invite the whole class. In the past we've done 10-15 kids, last year we did more because Nathaniel's party was at a movie theater and you could have a lot more for the same price. But I want the kids to invite their friends, not their class, plus there are multiple classes per grade so some of the their friends are in the other classes. We didn't even go the max with the movie theater birthday, but we let the kids with siblings Juliet's age invite them along too.
We had a fantastic weekend. I had Friday off and I pulled the kids out of camp because my brother was in town with his family. We went to these "secret" parks way downtown in NYC and had a blast! The weather was beautiful, we were outside all day looking out across the water at the Statue of Liberty or playing on a giant slide hidden in a secret park in the middle of a city block, and more. So fun.
On Sunday Dave took the kids to his church's picnic and I got HOURS alone, which never ever ever happens. I went to yoga, did 800 loads of laundry, baked banana bread, and generally just enjoyed the precious hours of nobody needing anything from me.
Juliet decided to give herself a bath yesterday, she ran it, washed herself (with a little supervision), and was all done. Amazing! She also "taught" a meditation class with me as her student. It was hilarious. I told my meditation teacher (who knows Juliet because she also teaches the kids' yoga classes) and she wants me to write it up so she can put it in the book she's writing. Funny.
Kim - So sorry that Nathalie has been dealing with that and that you still don't have any answers. That must be so hard. I hope that they are able to figure it out soon. On the other hand, I am glad that you guys have been having fun this week. I'm jealous that you got to see A Prairie Home Companion. I feel like I've been locked in baby jail for the past 4 months! LOL
Laurie - Ooooh, don't you love time home alone? I absolutely savor those hours because they only happen once in a blue moon. The secret parks in NYC sound so intriguing. What makes them "secret?" Too cute about Juliet teaching a meditation class for you. What a cutie!
AFM - Well, it's official! We are under contract for the new house! It's funny, because I remember that last year there was a thread about what you would buy if you won the lottery. I posted this post about how I would buy a house. It describes my new house pretty well, except that it's not in downtown Littleton (although it's way closer than we were before, and it's in my second favorite part of Littleton after downtown, and it's like 4 blocks from T's school.) Other than that though, I got my wish!
ETA: Oh yeah, and it also does not have a finished basement yet, but it was priced right so that we are going to be able to do the 2 things to it that it really needs right away - update the master bath, and finish the basement. We are going to start updating the master bath pretty much as soon as we get settled in, and then once that's done we are doing the basement so we are hoping to have everything done in about 6-8 months.
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What do you guys make of this? The pic doesn't quite do the redness justice. It looks like he has a sunburn on both his feet, mostly the left. Also in the light along his instep is a whole bunch of tiny bumps. I'm thinking maybe HFM, but he doesn't have a fever or any other symptoms. I left the pic big intentionally.
So happy for you about the house!!!