Thursday, October 13, 2011

Busy Busy Busy!

I feel like all we've been done is run around like crazy people! My work has been a little chaotic to say the least so that hasn't helped. I was off on Tuesday, so we went to get my car worked on (new tire, oil change, fuel system clean, air filter , wipers etc). We spent 3 freakin hours playing in Walmart waiting for it to be done. While we were there I had called her ped office about a few different things, a low fever that's been going on for over a week on and off, flu shot, refill and her stupid yeast infections.

Well I figured they'd just have us come in sometime later in the week but to my shock and happiness they said they were pretty much open anytime all week so just call when my car was done. Called them at 2:15 and had an apt for 2:30, now that is awesome! We got there and went through triage and in another happy moment she is now, ready for it, 27lb 4oz!!! All I can say is wow Scandical! It's helping sooo much, I really can't even believe it.

They checked her out and said that the fever was most likely just viral since they found no source, which is always nice. She does in fact have yet another yeast infection though :-( we've done everything we can do prevent them and they're still coming all the time...I'm considering trying a modified diet to help prevent them, but I'm not going to completely take every fruit etc out of her diet, that would be nuts and I don't think it's worth it.

She also got her flu shot and did awesome, not a tear, and barely even a whimper. She's such a tough little cookie. I was very happy that she didn't spike a fever after the shot because she has in the past. The only issue that I've noticed since she got the shot is that she has been having really lose stools. Had to stop the miralax which I really don't like to do because she often gets very backed up after having the opposite problems, at the same time we don't want her dehydrated so it's what we had to do. I'm not sure if the poop issues and the Flu shot are connected since I haven't seen it listed as a side effect, but I don't see why it couldn't be.

Today is my other off day and we started it where else, but at Walmart, we had to go in because they overcharged my acct by almost $50 last week. Everyone was rude to me about it, as if it's my fault and despite having called about it yesterday and being told I needed to come in Thu between 6am and 3pm, no one knew anything about it. Such a frustrating situation. I still can't believe that not one of the 3 associates that I spoke with today in the customer service apologized at all for the mistake, at least I got my money back, but there have been times where I wouldn't have been able to go a week missing $50 from my acct.

After that drama I took Fi to Chuck E Cheese for about an hour. She had a great time and it was a good time to go since it was all little kids since the big ones are all at school. It was really calm in there which I appreciate because my nerves were a little frayed from Walmart. Since then we've just been running erands, and Fi is supposed to be napping now. I'm a little concerned that she has not peed yet today, but she has been drinking so hopefully it's no big deal. Now I feel like I need a nap just from typing that and we still have a ton more to get done!

Monday, October 3, 2011

GI Visit


Fiona had her 2 month follow up with Dr Charles at Children's today. I was really anxious to see how she's growing. We had cardiology on Sept 22nd she was doing awesome, but in the past couple weeks she didn't really want to eat much, so I wasn't sure whether she'd lost any weight. To my surprise she's actually gained another 6oz (in less than 2wks), she did have a full diaper, but I'll take it :-) Thank you Breeze and Scandical for chunkin this girl up.

Fiona is doing really well and we're rarely struggling with constipation anymore. Upping her miralax was a the best plan. She's been on a full cap daily for the past 3 months and it's been like night and day for her. We even briefly discussed weaning her a bit, but we're going to hold off on that for now since we don't want to mess with a good thing.

Another concern I had going into this apt was Fiona's odd behavior lately. She's been chewing up food and spitting it back out for no apparent reason. I also noticed her sounding like she was going to vomit and then choking after eating last week. I brought these issues and Dr Charles feels that it may be Rumination Syndrome, a behavioral issue where kids spit up undigested food. They're not sure what causes it, but it is usually well controlled by positive reinforcement. He said that punishing usually only makes it worse so we need to praise her when she chews and swallows her food.

We discussed her previous swallow issues, so while the issue isn't a big one now he wants us to watch her closely. His concern is that we may need to do another swallow study if encouraging her to swallow her food doesn't work, if the symptoms get worse, and especially if she begins gagging or choking while eating. Overall good apt and we'll follow up in 2m.

Not specifically related, but I also tried to schedule Fi an apt to get her flu shot. I've been calling about it every week since the beginning of Sept. Well I was told late sept, then I was told 1st week in Oct they'd definitely be in. So after hearing that last week, I called today and they said they're not in yet. Let me also mention that the new phone system at Tulane blows! Instead of selecting speak to a nurse, make an apt, get a refill etc you have to talk to an operator, who then takes a message and passes it along and you have to wait for a call back. I know there are many times when you have to leave a message anyway, but I'd rather select my own department...anyway I digress, after 2 phones calls (missed the call back during GI) we're no closer to getting a flu shot then we were before. Again, I asked why they don't have them when everyone else does, and they told me they don't know, but I can check back next week or take her to Walgreens. So I looked into Walgreens and CVS and neither will do kids under 7, yeah so that's not going to work for us. I wouldn't be as concerned, but last year she got the Flu days before the vaccine came in for her age group at the ped. I'm not sure what I should do, do I call random ped offices and ask if they can do it...ugh.

On a brighter note...Cuteness!
Lion King in 3D...lovin the shades

adorable little fall jacket (thanks uncle Jake and Rachel)


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