14 Jul 2010 3 Comments
I’m sorry if I haven’t written in so long. As you can imagine, things have been pretty crazy over the past week or two. My family has all been sick thus we needed to cancel our 5th Wedding Anniversary vacation to Crater Lake. Michael and I don’t usually get really sick but it hit us hard this time. I think it’s because our immune system is low from all the stress that has been in our lives lately.
Since going to day care, the Small Fry have had an ear infection, pneumonia and constant runny nose. About a month ago, we also found out that he has a mild iron-deficiency anemia so the doctor prescribed iron supplement for him. However last week after his blood tests, he’s still anemic and not gaining weight. The doctor then ordered another blood test to see if he might have Celiac Disease which is an autoimmune disease where the lining of the small intestine is damaged from eating gluten. Since our Small Fry doesn’t seem to be absorbing all the iron that he’s taking and he’s not gaining weight, the doctor said that he might have Celiac Disease because it can disrupt the absorption of nutrients in the small intestines.
Michael and I dread going to the lab for a blood draw. During our first trip there, the Phlebotomist said she’s been doing this for over 20 years and yet she can never find a vein so she had to poke my Small Fry several times. It just looks like pure torture and we were really pissed! Our baby was screaming and crying and we had to help hold him down — truly heart breaking for any parent.
The good news though is that the recent blood work came back negative (of the Celiac Disease) - thank God! The Small Fry’s doctor told me that it could be just that he’s been sick a lot because of day care and her plan was to wait another month, re-do the blood test and if it’s still not good, then she’ll refer us to a specialist at Children’s Hospital. I told her that the plan is not good enough for me and I want my son to be seen at Children’s NOW. I know that my Small Fry’s been a happy, active baby and hitting all his milestones but for my peace of mind, I want to make sure that everything’s okay and I’m not willing to wait a month to find out that everything’s OK.
So that’s just a quick update to let you all know that I’m still here and hopefully, I’ll get back to writing more soon. But for now, please keep my Small Fry in your prayers that he’ll always be a strong and healthy baby.