August Chat Thread!
Hi girls. Sorry I've been MIA for a bit. This week has been so hectic with going back to work, making a trip to Michigan to begin the peanut desensitization for Sean, etc.
I called up my family doctor on Monday and talked him into letting me do a trial of antibiotics that would treat Lyme. I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but within a day, I was feeling more human than I have felt in months. I had felt like I was walking around in a fog, like I can't even describe it... My head feels clear now. I have not had any weird muscle pain/cramp sensations, and those were pretty much a constant. The pain in my hands has been a constant... It is gone. I still have some weird nerve sensations... Buzzing, tingling, and random muscle twitches... But I've only taken 2.5 days worth of meds, and I really hope that the things that seem better are not coincidental. I feel more like myself than I have felt in months, and I just really hope it continues to get better.
In other news, Sean's peanut thing was crazy. They fed him tiny doses of peanut flour in liquid every 15 minutes. We started with like 1 microgram of peanut protein. Each dose repeated once, then roughly doubled each time they increased. He worked his way up to 1 milligram over the course of the day. I was nervous, watching him like a hawk the whole day. My nerves were SHOT. I felt like I was having a full-on panic attack after they gave him the first dose. My feet went cold, I broke into cold sweat, my heart rate and breathing sped up... omg. The room felt small and I just wanted to go run laps around the building outside to burn off the nervous energy, hahaha. He did great, though. He was happy and playing, and considering we were in the office like 7 hours, he was really well-behaved. He made it through 20 doses (up to about 1mg of peanut protein, like I mentioned). On the 21st dose (the day 1 protocol went to a max of 25 doses and most people react somewhere in the middle) he went from happy and playing to acting withdrawn and cranky. He didn't want to talk to anyone, he just wanted to sit on my lap with his arms around me and hide his face in my neck. Of course, I began to freak... We asked him what was wrong (not supposed to ask him any leading questions) and he just said, "I think they gave me too much." DH, trying not to lead him, said "too much water?" Sean said, "No, too much of that purple stuff" (they had flavored it grape). We eventually got out of him that it was hurting his belly.. The doctor said that is a common presenting symptom. In this treatment, they don't try to push through mild symptoms because a study of 10,000 patients showed a 15% rate of anaphylaxis if they try to push through. So with the tummy ache, we were done for the day and had to observe him for an hour, then we were sent home. They gave him applesauce, which they say really helps their bellies, and a few little toys.. He was back to his playful self in maybe 15 minutes. We now give him the last dose that he was able to take without reacting at home twice daily. He's not allowed to "exercise" for two hours after his dose or sleep for one hour after. So far, so good... But I'm still a nervous wreck.
ETA: Of course as soon as I posted some optimism about the antibiotics, I started getting the weird numb sensations in one of my fingers again. I know neuropathy won't resolve itself in 2 days, but I just wish I had more certainty as to whether or not this is working. I do seem to feel a bit better... I just hope it isn't placebo effect or coincidence.
Mary - I hope the antibiotics work for you and it isn't placebo.
Glad the peanut thing is going well so far with Sean.
DH got a promotion and a raise YAY!!!
My birthday gifts are ready to be picked up, DH ordered online and won't tell me what they are, he still wants me to open them as if it were my birthday even though it's past.
Pretty quiet here today just getting some cleaning done.
Mary - I hope the antibiotics work - I think it's totally worth the try ! I'm glad Sean's thing seemed to go well. Did you bring all three boys? What a long day!
Amanda - I hope it's something fun :)
AFM - I go Wed the 14th to NC. My mom's dog is still hanging on. She had a blood transfusion and spent today at the vet's if her numbers haven't tanked by tomorrow she'll come back home and probably spend the weekend here b/c I'm just more capable than my mom at force feeding her and pilling her. I had to talk to the specialist today b/c my mom is just overwhelmed. So I really hope she pulls through but it's still really touch and go. Between the dog , my mom, work and the job interview I'm toast for the week!
Mary - I really hope the antibiotics keep helping!
Katie - yes, we'd be moving away from family. :/
AFM: another busy day planned. Whew.
Katie - Glad your mom's dog seems to be doing better, hope it heals up and pulls through.
Here is what I got for my birthday.
Game of Thrones Season 2 and a Kindle Case that looks like River Songs journal from Doctor Who (it's leather). The colour is off cause my phone camera is not so good in low light.
Mary - I hope the antibiotics are really helping out so you can put all of this behind you. I'm glad the peanut thing went well. I'm glad Sean told you about the belly ache. If I ever had to do something like that with Xander he would be the type to keep everything in until it was bad...
Amanda - I love that case! Very cool.
Katie - how exciting about the job interview! It sure does sound like you have one heck of a busy week!
AFM - I am so glad it's almost the weekend. I am totally beat by every single Friday... Not a ton going on here, just normal summer shenanigans.
Amanda - I saw the picture showed the top of a counter and thought "There's no way that could be a picture of a BFP, could it?" I couldn't scroll down fast enough. :ROFL: Yay for good presents, though!
Feeling like death today. One of my worst days in a while. I'm really glad I didn't have to work, but I also hate spending my better days at work and having to spend the days I feel like crap with the kiddos. I want to be able to give them my best. :( I'm just having full-body nerve pain/buzzing/shaking... horrid. I don't know. I know in some cases, treating Lyme with antibiotics can cause a reaction where symptoms worsen before they get better. But I guess there's just no way I can know if that's what's happening or if it's just totally something different that is getting worse. I hate, hate, hate it. :(
Mary - I hope it is the antibiotics working. I hope you feel better. I loved the video on fb of Nolan smiling
It has been a long week with my mom's sick dog. She came home yesterday after a blood transfusion and multiple days hospitalized and seems to be doing better today but it is still a long road. Interestingly this autoimmune disease typically has a trigger and in May her Lyme test was negative they 're tested her and it was positive and Lyme has been a known trigger. A nasty disease
Mary - :bighug:
Katie - crazy. I hope the dog improves. My aunt's dog went through something similar after contracting Lyme.
AFM: 29w and change. Whew. About 10 weeks to go (barring an early delivery) regardless of whether I have a scheduled c/s or not. They'd want to do it at 39w and I usually go into labor around 39w. It had me worried when the previa was complete, but now it gives me hope that if it moves more, but not quite enough, maybe I'll get a trial of labor even without official permission.