Monday, January 11, 2016

Trusting Yourself

We have all heard of mother's intuition, but how many of us believe in it? I am a believer. I have learned during my time as a mom, to trust myself and those gut feelings I have about things.

When my youngest child was born, I felt like there was something wrong. She began losing weight as soon as she was born and had a very difficult time staying awake. She always felt feverish and we spent the first months of her life pretty much in the pediatrician's office, as they were concerned enough to order twice a week weight checks and charting.

From age 1-2 she had more than 12 ear infections, or that's what we thought at the time. I remember driving 15 hours home from Disney World with an infant with what we thought was an ear infection that simply would not respond to antibiotics. She was seen by several specialists and her pediatrician ran numerous blood tests and tried a number of antibiotics to help.

As she got older, she continued to get sick regularly. I felt like it was at least once a month or more frequently at times. When I say sick I mean temperatures over 104 throwing up, sore throat, the works. She was diagnosed with strep throat I don't even know how many times. Neighbors stopped sending their kids to play at our house for fear of germs or mold or something causing the frequent sickness. Except that none of the rest of us in the house ever caught anything.

I continued to ask my pediatrician for tests to find out what wrong with my child. I could not ignore the feeling that their was something wrong with my daughter. It was not normal for a child to get so intensely sick so often. The pediatrician tried to pass it off as some kids just get sick alot, but I was persistent. She and I continued to do research and we were finally sent to a children's hospital to an Infectious Disease doctor (even though she's not infectious).

Within an hour we had a clear diagnosis, my little one has PFAPA (Periodic Fever Aphthous Stomatitis Pharyngitis Adenitis Syndrome). It typically affects children for about one week on a monthly basis and the intensity and symptoms can vary. There is no cure, although a steroid is prescribed that can be given during episodes. Often children can outgrow this disease during their teenage years, although from what I am hearing from my support group, the frequency of the episodes just increases as the children age. So they may only have a couple of episodes a year. As we left the children's hospital, we left so relieved to have answers at last. We had spent 4 years wondering what was wrong with our child and we finally knew. Her syndrome is terrible and maddening, but we are so lucky compared to so many others who enter the children's hospital.

If you think your child might have PFAPA, these are some of the most symptoms of an episode:

  • high temperature 103+ that does not go below 101 with ibuprofen
  • white painful spots in mouth and throat
  • extreme gut wrenching stomach pain
  • vomiting
  • difficulty breathing and choking congestion
  • joint pain and swollen elbows or knees

Sounds like fun, huh? It really could be much worse, that is the most important thing to remember. My daughter had difficulty sleeping last night and has white spots in her mouth this morning so an episode is coming. Hopefully there are some new children's movies on Redbox.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I have a paintbrush in my hand and I am not afraid to use it

Ah if you only you knew. My husband if he knew what I was preparing to do would be screaming, "Step away from the paint can. Slowly put the brush down. You don't want to do this." He's wrong though, I do. I do want to paint so dreadfully. I love the idea of it. I have scrubbed our white baseboards frequently, but they still seem dirty, so I desperately just want to freshen up the house by putting a coat of white paint on all of the trim. I can envision how nice it will look, so crisp and clean. Unfortunately (and this is what my husband knows) I am a big idea person, but I need someone else to implement my visions if I want them to look like they do in my head. That's not my house, I wish it was though. Because even though I know in theory you should tape off all of the areas you will be painting, ugh who wants to do that? That would take forever. And laying down a tarp under all of the areas I would be working, um that's like everywhere. Remember I want to paint all of the baseboards and trim? But ah....nice crisp white baseboards. Do you see now why I really just need to stop and walk away before I start? I don't have the patience for this job. Let's be honest my husband is going to have to clean up my mess I will inevitably make. But I feel like this would make my house just look cleaner overall. And maybe then guests wouldn't notice the kids' mess because they would be awed by my lovely baseboards and contrasting walls.

Friday, October 2, 2015

What's It Been? 4 years?

Well hello hello! Wondering where I have been for the past 4 years? "It's been the best of times, it's been the worst of times." I have been raising my girls--the youngest was 1 when I last left you. Can I just tell you that reading back through my posts of how tired I was and how she was sick all of the time are so gratifying for me. My daughter was finally diagnosed last summer with PFAPA, periodic fever. This is something she has had since birth. Essentially once a month for about a week she is sick with a high fever (up to 105 F), aching joints, severe stomach pain, and mouth sores. Fun stuff. Now we know it is coming every month and we know why she never responded to antibiotics prescribed. So that has been a big part of my life the last 4 years, dealing with a child that is sick one week of every month. The other fun event has been dealing with my mother who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of 64. She is now in assisted living and my day to day life is easier. That has been a learning adventure and I can happily dispense advice to anyone who may need it. My husband and I sold our landscaping company after 8 successful years. Honestly, we got tired of working all the time and are worried about the coming changes to minimum wage laws. I am happy to be back and ready to share stories of my life and good deals or products that I find. A rehabbed seal making it's way home...

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Disney Pajamas only $1.80

The DisneyStore is having a 40% sale on their Warehouse items and ShopatHome has made this sale even better. For today only you can buy a pair of PJ Pals or Nightshirt that are $7.99. Then you get the 40% off and then if you buy through ShopatHome, you will get another $2.99 cash back in your Shop at Home account, which will make the pajamas only $1.80 + shipping. Shipping starts at $2.95. There are several cute pairs left, alot for boys. Remember you have to shop through ShopatHome to get this deal. If you don't have a free account with ShopatHome, sign up today!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Please Vote

I am a stay at home mom who helps my hubby out with his landscaping company. We have recently been nominated by one of our clients in a national contest as Best Landscaping Company. Please help us win this contest; this will allow our small business to continue growing. We are in 2nd place and this contest ends today at 6pm EST. You can vote 5x each day for Magnolia Landscape, LLC as the Best Landscaping company. Vote here You can vote 5x each day. I appreciate any help from fellow bloggers and moms. Thanks!
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Friday, June 24, 2011

A Cry for Help!

I am a stay at home who helps my hubby out with his landscaping company. We have recently been nominated by one of our clients in a national contest as Best Landscaping Company. Please help us win this contest. We have a shot at winning, but need help with the voting. You can vote 5x each day for Magnolia Landscape, LLC as the Best Landscaping company. We are losing our lead and need help; we only have 6 more days. Vote here You can vote 5x each day. I appreciate any help from fellow bloggers and moms. Thanks!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

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