"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
--Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

It's always something

Connie's back to eating like a little piggy. On Sunday he had three breakfasts! He's acting like a normal boy and even learning some new words. He's been requesting Melmo (Elmo) and nog nog (chocolate milk). He used to call egg nog "nog nog" but since it is no longer the holidays and isn't as readily available, he's now convinced that mixing chocolate Carnation instant breakfast in milk makes "nog nog". To each his own.

For the not-so-fun update: Mary Kathleen has been having these hive-like outbreaks for weeks. Assuming it was a virus or allergies, we treated with Benadryl on the pediaticians recommendation. It's been going on a bit too long for my taste and last Friday, she had some major nodule lumps break out on her feet and hands. We took a video of the feet and had the doctor watch it. He ordered bloodwork looking for allergic reactions and it came back normal. That was discouraging because we were sure it was an allergy. Benadryl was working, but just completely wipes her out so it's not a long term solution or anything. After getting the results of the bloodwork, he referred us to a RHEUMATOLOGIST! Can you believe it?! He said he wants to rule out any sort of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Hearing that definitely scared me and then angered me when I discovered that we can't see the rheumatologist until APRIL 6. We have since switched her to one daily claritin, which doesn't make her drowsy and so far (knock on wood) has prevented any outbreaks. That has kept me hopeful that it is just an allergy after all. If you could say a prayer that this stops or that we can get to the bottom of it and that it is not something that is degenerative or long-term.