speaking of sick kids... [updated]
Weird that I chose today to post the thing below.
I'm having major concerns about Nat. I know I said I wasn't going to post about the kids anymore, but I'm looking for some kind of help/advice here. We are going to the doctor, but her appointment isn't until tomorrow and I'm starting to become really concerned.
First, she has strep throat right now. This is about the fifth time this school year she has had something that caused her to miss more than one day of school. I think her downward decline, health wise, started when she had mono last year. She hasn't been completely healthy since.
These are the symptoms she feels on an almost daily basis, as transcribed to me: Dizzy, feels like she is going to pass out, shortness of breath (even when not doing anything) constant headaches, stomach aches - just weird - tired, lack of appetite. It's the weird thing that bothers me. She says she can't describe it, she just doesn't feel right.
Before you ask, there is absolutely nothing going on in school that would make her fake symptoms to stay home. She has a lot of friends, her grades are good, no problems with teachers or any other students. In fact, her latest bout of these symptoms - and the worst yet - occurred this past weekend and over two days of the winter vacation. Besides, I can see that her physical symptoms are real. Her face is flushed, her eyes are glassy sometimes. She also gets very tired during the day, but has trouble sleeping at night.
I'm worried about her appetite - she's not a girl who could afford to lose any weight. Also, she's a vegetarian. I don't think this has any affect on her medically, though - she eats a lot of fish, vegetables, fruit, etc. - when she's eating. Which she isn't, the past few days.
Taken one by one, all of these things seem harmless, like typical teenage complaints. But put them all together and I'm gettting a bit alarmed, especially since she has spent much of the past two days crying about how much she hates feeling like this all the time, especially when she can't find the words to describe how bad she feels inside. (Phsyically, that's not a mental thing). And all she wants to do this morning is take some aspirin and crawl back into bed and I'm shoving her out the door because she missed so much school already this year.
Anyhow, I'm not going to spend my time looking up symptoms on Google, because I'll end up in a panic, thinking she has some rare tropical disease that she got from an errant spider that made its way here from some island. You know how that goes.
She was tested for anemia just a few weeks ago and that came back negative. I just want to go into the doctor's office able to say something concrete, without saying "oh, she's complaining all the time about various things" which sounds like a hypochondriac thing.
Ok, rambling, not making much sense. But I'm sending her off to school crying yet again, and I don't know what to tell her because I don't know what's wrong with her, only that it seems like there's a lot wrong with her.
So I'm looking either for some quickie medical advice (Is it possible for the mono virus to mutate into something else?) so I can go into the doctor's office armed with more than just a mother's concern, or just someone to say calm the fuck down, she''ll be fine.
[Update: and now that I'm looking up the symptoms (against my better jugment) I'm thinking she might have mono again. I thought that was one of those things you only get once]
And: I'm not a panic mode person when it comes to my kids being sick. I'm more of the "suck it up, you'll be fine" kind of person. So it's unusual for me to be this freaked out about her being sick.
And my sister thinks Nat has mercury poisoning because she eats tuna every single day. Thanks, Lisa! Those symptoms sure look....familiar!
(Ok, I know it's not mercury poisoning..though...you never know...)
Update: So I just NOW remember that on Friday night Nat complained of a pain in her side/abdomen and I told her it was from moshing at the local band thing even though she insisted she wasn't moshing because she didn't feel good. So now I'm thinking "enlarged, swollen spleen" (consistent with mono) and how I blew her off. Bad, mommy. BAD.
Dr. appt at 1:45, specifically asked for my favorite Dr. of the bunch, who will more likely than not order all the tests I ask him to. Yea, even the ones for diabetes, Lyme Disease and mad cow disease.
Kidding about the cow.