Waiting for the Unknown

As a mother, I completely devoted to my kids. They are my entire world and focus each and every day. Often times I worry and fret over fears that I have, and honestly I have the media to thank for those fears. All of the news articles about kids scares the crap out of me and the fear of something happening to my children grows in my mind. I know that majority of moms out there have those same fears. One of those fears is becoming more real than I would like these days.

Let’s start from the beginning, in September when I took Brooke to the doctor for a routine 5-year-old check up. She was healthy, growing, and perfect! Over the next few weeks, we started seeing a major change in her. She was moody, aggressive, angry, and not eating. The not eating is what scared me the most. She was eating a bite or two at meals including snacks. Brooke is a picky eater but she will eat especially snacks. This was not like her so in early October I called the doctor and requested her to evaluate Brooke. It had been 4 weeks since her well check up and Brooke had lost 6 oz. That’s not a lot so the doctor requested that we bring her back in a few weeks to recheck.

To My Amazement…

Brooke started eating again that night. She came home from the doctor and ate her first full meal (and even asked for seconds) for the first time in a month. I was so excited I cried. I believed that maybe I overreacted by taking her to the doctor. The next few weeks she was eating again, not everything I gave her but the majority of it. I chose to keep her follow up appointment on October 30 because I wanted to make sure she had gained the weight back. The doctor requested that she was fasting to do a blood sugar check that morning. Fasting for a 5-year-old is very difficult but she did it without complaining. The blood sugar results were completely normal for a fasting child, 86. Yay! We continued the appointment with the thought in my mind that she is doing great, no worries! I was just panicking before.

However, the doctor’s face did not match my excitement. Instead, her face showed a concern and seriousness that I was not feeling. She then told me that Brooke had lost an additional 2 lbs in three weeks. My mouth dropped and I responded with “But she is eating.” The doctor requested that we do additional blood work at a lab to see if there were any indicators of a problem. Basically, she has no idea why Brooke is not gaining weight. As a mom, this is terrifying! Your baby needs your help and you have no idea where to go, how to help. I managed to wait until I dropped her off at school that morning to start crying. I think I cried for an hour just completely lost and scared!

On Halloween, I took her to get lab work. Joel and I wanted it done as soon as possible to get answers. The sooner we got the results, the sooner we could help her and move forward.

It’s been a week now…

And we still do not have results. I have called the doctor to see if I can get some answers because the stalking that I have been doing to the patient portal, is not helping my fears. Unfortunately, the fears of three years ago, the moments of the unknown are beginning to haunt me again. I’m afraid of what we are about to face even though I have no answers.

Update*

We have received the results of the first preliminary tests which ruled out Thyroid, Diabetes, Celiac Disease and some cancers. The doctor is requesting a few more tests to completely rule out cancer. There has been no evidence of these symptoms but there really are no symptoms to give an idea of what is going on. We will be moving forward to meeting with a GI doctor for further testing.

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Trick or Treating 2017

We just had Halloween and to continue the tradition, we went Trick or Treating in the neighborhood next to ours. I’ve never understood why a great neighborhood like ours didn’t put out candy or have trick or treaters come by but the neighborhood across the main road from us has thousands of tricker treaters each year. It is complete madness!

This year in preparation for the big Halloween event, the girls picked out their costumes. Both girls chose to be fairies this year for Halloween. I searched and searched for the perfect fairy costumes for them. I could not find anything that would work for them so we went to plan b which was to create a costume. I already had tutus, leotards, and fairy wings for them. To make their costumes more fairy-like, I added flowers to the leotards and tutus. Then I created a floral headband for their costumes. It was inexpensive but fun for them!

Mason was a cowboy for Halloween! I ordered his Halloween costume from Amazon. It came with chaps, a vest, bandana, and hat. All that we managed to get on him was the chaps and vest, even that was a bit of a stretch for him. This was his second Halloween and the first one what he was going to be able to experience.

We drove over and parked on one of the streets, then loaded up Mason into the wagon and walked around for the trick or treating. Mason got out of the wagon and attempted the trick or treating. The first few houses he walked up with his sisters, then turned around and walked away, without candy. The sweet people would hand it to Joel or I and giggle because he refused to go near them. Then he started noticing that his sisters were getting candy in their bucket so started to stick around. At one house a lady was giving out full-size Butterfinger bars and that sold Mason on the trick or treating. He was loving going up to the door with his sisters! Mason never said trick or treat or thank you (we’ll get that down next year) but he would stick out his bucket for candy. We couldn’t help but laugh.  Brooke and Bailey have the trick or treating down, they were good about saying thank you when they left. They wanted to continue trick or treating but we had been out for an hour but it was getting cold so we ended the evening and headed home.

It was fun to watch the three of them in such a fun experience for them all.

Now it’s time for November to start. We are excited to start the holiday season!

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Halloween Parties and Pumpkin Parade

Today’s post was supposed to be about Mason’s first pumpkin parade at Mother’s Day Out and his first Pumpkin party. Unfortunately, Mason was running a fever on Monday so he could not go and missed his pumpkin parade and party.

On Sunday Mason started running a low-grade temp, which never happens. Brooke already had a follow-up appointment with our pediatrician so I called and had him added to the appointment. By the time we got to the appointment Monday morning, his temp was 101.4. Mason has never run a fever so I was assuming that this was his first case of strep throat. The rapid test was negative but his throat was extremely red. So they gave him the diagnoses of hand, foot, mouth disease. Of course, I’m panicking because none of my kids have ever had this “disease”. I’ve seen cases of it and it is horrible!

I get home with him, after dropping Brooke off at school, and started disinfecting my entire house. Mason slept four hours that day. By the time he was up, the fever was gone. It’s Wednesday and he has been fever free since noon Monday and has not had any blisters appear on the outside of my body. At this point, I am thinking that this was a misdiagnosis. I don’t normally go against what the doctor says but this does not appear to be hand foot mouth AT ALL! So, I’m had him miss school Tuesday and will have him home again on Thursday as a precaution. But I’m thinking it’s nothing at this point.

We did go trick or treating Tuesday night. I will share with you the events of Tuesday night later this week.

Coming Up:

Trick or Treating Post

Changes to the blog:

I’m having some changes added to the blog. Instead of posting blog posts on Young Living essential oils or Usborne books, two of my passions, I’m going to be sharing Young Living products and Usborne books on my separate pages. I will include a link to the pages on a post after they go up.

 

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