(sick blogging? doctor blogging? disease blogging?)
First, thanks for all the advice and calming words this morning.
We went to the doctor and, bless his heart, he listened to everything Nat and I had to say, nodded his head in all the right places, rolled his eyes in all the right places (mad cow disease? she's a vegetarian!), never once brought up the idea that it's all in her head, and appreciated all my concerns.
He is pretty certain this is a mono relapse and nothing more (which would explain the sluggish immune system, resulting in the strep, UTI and other fun stuff she's had in the past few weeks), but he took lots of blood from her and he's going to run the whole gamut of tests, just to rule out things like Lyme Disease and other too-scary-to-think-of diseases. We won't get the results until Friday but we're just going to go ahead and treat this like mono for now.
So now we have a choice to make. Obviously, she's going to be out of school for a bit. She already missed ten days this year due to various illnesses. If I send her back before her body is really ready, she'll end up getting sick again, she'll fall behind in class again and we'll start the whole roller coaster of getting her grades back in shape again. Nat is a good student, but due to some minor learning disabilities, has to struggle for every single grade. Falling behind, especially in science where there is a lot of lab work to make up, and Global Studies (where she has a teacher who gives about five tests a week) would mean certain disaster for this semester, and a frustrating experience for her.
So I'm considering keeping her out of school for whatever length is required in order for her to get homebound services. I imagine it will be easier for her to maintain her grades if she's getting constant tutoring/teaching at home, rather than staying out of school for two or three weeks and having friends bring home work that she just doesn't understand without the classroom experience to go with it.
This has been a fun, fun day. On the positive side, the doctor doesn't believe that Nat has any of the illnesses I came up with on the basis of Google searches. On the downside, there is really nothing I can do for her, as far as mono goes. There is no antibiotic that is going to make it go away, and nothing to make her stop feeling like shit.
Though she already hinted that the first season of The O.C. on DVD (and Fresh Prince season one, what the hell?) would make her day pass much easier.
She's going to play me. I know it. And I'll let her. For a while.
And again, thank you all. You rock my clock.