January has been quite the month for us and I just want it to be known that yes universe, we hear you, now back the F off. =)
I haven’t shared all of the crazy events that have gone on with my family this month out of respect to personal privacy – but let’s just say that any one of the “things” that have happened would be enough to feel entitled to catching a break from the universe for a good long time.
I did blog about Greg’s leg – which is getting much better quickly. He’s feeling pretty good and getting around pretty good, so for the most part all is well with that (until this spring when all his peeps start mt. biking and he won’t be able to go ). Greg’s mom is still set for surgery in about a 9 days – and I’m really hoping this baby is out in the world before then =).
Then, as if that wasn’t enough, about 2 weeks ago we found a painful lump near Fiona’s groin. We took her to the pediatrician and they sent us right off to Children’s Hospital – where we spent the better part of the day. Seems it was a lymph node that was causing all the problems. Now since I’ve been part of Team and Training which supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society I may be a bit sensitive to this – but let me tell you no parent wants to hear the words “lumpy lymph node” at children’s hospital.
The Dr.’s there were great -AS ALWAYS- and cautioned us to trust them and to STAY OFF OF THE INTERNET! So home we went with a prescription for an antibiotic with the blind faith that it was just lymphnoditis (i have no idea how to spell that so i’m completely guessing). Back to the ped’s office in a couple days where 2 more Dr.’s took a look at her.
Drew some blood (which she handled like a champ! afterward she also got 2 shots – later that day we were spending time with my friend Teri and Tmann asked her if she got poked today and Fi responded with, “oh it was just a flu shot – no big deal” =).
Now here is why I LOVE MY PEDIATRICIAN. She ran the blood and called me back at 7p.m. that night to tell me that is was clean. SEVEN AT NIGHT. The other results weren’t back yet – but the blood was “clean” meaning that they could rule out tumors or others horrific things like that. WHEW. She had a theory that it was something called “cat scratch disease” – though we have been singing Cat Scratch Fever and can’t call it anything other then that. So on the antibiotics she stayed.
A couple days later my Ped called again to see if it was getting better and when I told her no she got me back into children’s immediately (that day!) to see another Dr. to double check that she wasn’t missing a hernia or something else. AGAIN, why i love her Dr. – I would so much rather run around and figure out what is going on instead of sitting around waiting when something serious could be happening.
That Dr. looked at her (and by now Fiona is sick of dr.’s =) and he had the same theory about the cat scratches. Finally a few days later the tests came back and sure enough that’s what it was – all of that because of a stupid cat scratch! A new different medicine and it’s already gone!
Apparently the cats have something in their saliva and if they lick their paws and then scratch you (small you’s) it can cause an infection in the lymph node closest to the scratch. Now I must have been scratched a million times as a kid – along with all of my siblings – and never had a problem…so the timing must have to be perfect!
So – done- that one dodged. We have to laugh because Fiona doesn’t get sick that often. We miss most of the colds and flus and coughs that most little kids seem plagued with – but we get all the weird random things that are really scary at first.
One more time I just have to say – I can’t believe how lucky we are to have Children’s Hospital so close and I can’t believe how amazing each and everyone of those people that work there are. Every time we go there I think how lucky we are to keep getting these good diagnosis’ – and how absolutely devastating and heartbreaking it is for all of those parents who don’t. My heart truly goes out to them.
So here we are. We are still dealing with an illness in the family (all I can mention) – and then most recently an absolutely horrible tragedy that has truly broken many of our hearts.
So maybe it’s a good thing Rutabaga wasn’t born in January – (yet i suppose) It’s time for our family to start fresh. February is a great month to do that in!