Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday Memes

AND "Mama Guilt Monday"
A Combo Deal

First things first, I am well aware this is the old "Not Me" button. I like it better thankyouverymuch.

Mama Guilt Monday gets first priority today. This is my first Mama Guilt Monday. Welcome to my Cop Mama runs this over to see what others are guilty about.

I struggle quite a bit with guilt over Little Monkey's health. Should I take him to the dr? Should I not because I am being paranoid? Did I wait too long to go? I struggle with this constantly.

As I mentioned earlier, we are having trouble with his digestive system again. We totally thought we were out of the dark with him after his final GI appointment some months ago. However, four days of the BRAT diet (banana, rice, and toast sans toast in case of a wheat allergy) he was continuing to have diarrhea. We took him off the anti-diarrheal medicine prescribed to him because it was not helping and turning his BM an awful black and green color. Besides that it contained quite a bit of aluminum which isn't great for him and was expected to work after just a couple of doses. Nope.

We then switched to a clear liquid diet that he has been on now for 24 hours. He is still having diarrhea. I contacted our family practitioner to get the results of his labs from Friday (took in a stool sample) and they are completely clean. No parasites, not sick, no worms etc. They directed me to contact the GI dr. immediately and they would also to get us in as soon as possible. We are going tomorrow at 1:45. Our family practitioner is afraid it might be crones disease or something along those lines. We are still holding out that it is something easy we have missed. Keeping the allergist appt. for (hopefully) a full run of food allergies that is on March 1.

So I feel guilty. Am I doing what is right for him? Did I wait too long? Is it something simple I am just missing?

Ok, now for "Not Me" Monday hosted by MckMama. Click there (on the word "MckMama" to read other people's) I've done lots of these, but don't do them like I used to.

Today's Not Me has to do with a trip to the grocery. Hang on, it is weird.

I did not discover I was completely out of Jell-O, only had one bottle of emergency Gatorade, and no chicken stock in the freezer right after #1 left for work. Liquid diets are a little hard without these staples I think.

I did not pack up both kids into the van (Little Monkey has to use the bathroom stool to climb himself up into the van these days, I'm not allowed to pick him up) without any help.

Once at the grocery, I did not tell Snug that Kroger doesn't do cookies on Sunday. I know I lied and that could go up under "mama guilt", but seriously he couldn't eat that in front of his brother, that would not have been nice. They give a free cookie to each kid who comes through the door. We didn't go by the bakery.

I did not make Snug carry a basket through the store because I couldn't push a cart and drag Little Monkey by the hand (remember, no lifting into a cart). Instead I did not drag Little Monkey by his hand through the store getting essential items. He did not go to his knees or lay on the floor about every 100 ft. I was not forced to convince him to stand up and KEEP WALKING. Meanwhile, Snug was not dragging a Gatorade and Jell-O laden basket behind him.

Our little parade did not catch the attention of the store manager who is most definitely not married to our tax guy. She was so sweet, she picked up Monkey Man, took the basket, and escorted us to the U-scan, instructing the girl (who is just there to make sure no one steals) to get me checked out ASAP and a bag boy to carry my stuff to the car and put Monkey Man IN the car.

I did not then attempt to go to the evening service at church (hey, we were already in the van and about 1 min. from the building) only to discover that there was a gas leak and they were evacuating the building and the fire dept. was rolling up. Think I might be bad luck? Not Me!


Deb said...

We're going to the allergist on March 1st, too! I hope they can find something for you instead of the far less fun tests for GI stuff. And that he starts feeling better SOON! poor kid. And poor mama. Let me know if you need anything... like picking up some things so you dont have to drag your children around Kroger again :)

suzannah @ so much shouting/laughter said...

grocery stores with toddlers are a nightmare!

i pray you guys resolves your GI troubles pronto.

this is kind of random, but my sister-in-love (who is not green or crunchy at all) has been having awesome results taking her crazy spit-upping/formerly non- weight-gaining baby to a reflexologist.

Cop Mama said...

Oh hun, I wish we lived closer! I want to come give you a hand like NOW!!! And a {{hug}}

I'm so glad the manager helped you out. Good luck with the dr. appt tomorrow. I'll say a prayer for him.

Just FYI, I don't know if this will help or not, but my DH's best friend has Crones (not saying it's that) and is totally living a normal life, just has to restrict his diet.

Take care my friend. Ooh, and let me know if you still have any questions on a natural birth.

Thanks for linking up!

Jenilee said...

you poor thing! I know how frustrating it is to not know what to do with a health issue in our kids!! I am praying for you and hoping with you that it is an easy fix. Hugs <3

Christie said...

I saw your comment on my blog and thought I would check yours out. My prayers are with you and your little one.
We have had great results with our reflexologist but the results are temporary as it seems to just relax the digestive system for a bit. I know a number of mom's who have seemingly alleviated symptoms with Chiropractic care too, but I would be very careful about that. Massage was a much less invasive way to go for us.
Keep up the good work, knowing exactly what to do is the biggest pressure put on moms. Hopefully the Drs can help find the solution.

MelArcile said...

Crohn's isn't all that tough to live with, but I would never wish it on Monkey Man, all the same. Hope you post what you found out soon.

Life with Kaishon said...

visiting from Cop Mama today. It is so hard to know what to do when little ones are sick, isn't it? I never know and I always beat myself up over any decision that I make!