Monday, April 24, 2017

For good cheer, move on

If you were seeking a lift from extreme parenting and the demoralization it entails, well, you've come to the wrong address. This post is limited to bad cheer.

For a full week now, C has been running a low grade fever along with other disconcerting symptoms: sleepiness, unresponsiveness, unsteadiness, seizures both major and minor throughout the day.

Neither the blood tests nor her pediatrician's clinical exam revealed any alarming findings and he thinks C. could just have a virus. But he did notice two anomalies for which he's referred us to an abdominal ultrasound and x-ray:
  • "Vertically-oriented abdominal mass to L of midline, partly pulsatile, probably abdominal aorta" (but he assured me it's probably so prominent because C. is so thin)
  • "L-sided abdominal masses palpated, oriented vertically. Suspect stool masses" (and he assured me this is easily remedied with laxatives).
He wants us to do an abdominal ultrasound and x-ray before treatment. So, with Wednesday the earliest appointment date I could get for those tests, until then it's just wait and endure.

On the right is my sketch of what C. has looked like this past week.

2 comments:

Rebecca Yourig said...

Your sketches are lovely. I'm so hoping that C gets better in terms of health and comfort. Wishing the same to you as well.

The Sound of the Silent said...

Thank you so much Rebecca. We managed to do C.'s ultrasound and x-ray today instead of next Wednesday so we're hoping to have some answers soon.