Saturday, April 24, 2010

It's My Party, And I'll Cry If I Want To!

Well, Lucy is officially a three year old. She is an absolute joy! For her birthday, she really wanted nothing more than a spider web of balloons in the house. She was such a fun two year old, saying silly things, giving sweet, sweet hugs, learning so many new things. I can't wait to watch the three year old Lucy learn and grow. She wants to start dance classes this year, and has worked very hard to be 100% potty-trained JUST so she can go to dance class. She likes to figure stuff out, and I'm pretty sure she'll be making herself scrambled eggs or pancakes one of these mornings while I'm sleeping! She's so smart, so fun and I love her to pieces.

Unfortunately she's had a rough couple of weeks. A little over two weeks ago, she wasn't wanting to eat very much. At first it didn't seem abnormal (because kids tend to go up and down with appetite anyway) but Saturday two weeks ago today, she didn't eat anything and I went to bed a little worried. That night she woke up around 3:00 and for the first time in her life legitimately puked. Problem was, there wasn't anything in her tummy to puke up. So it was pure acid, and it STUNK! She then threw up every hour on the hour for the following 6 hours. I was able to get her to eat a cracker or two, and sent Dallan to the store for some Gatorade, and she would get that in her tummy and then throw it up. So we assumed, a stomach bug got her. We all stayed home from church, exhausted, and traded off taking naps. After a nap, Lucy seemed to feel much better, and didn't throw up anymore that afternoon. She still didn't eat much, and really didn't eat for about 4 days after. The following weekend she started eating and acting much better! I thought we were done. Then Monday evening, the food strike began again, and out came the puke just after bedtime. This time it lasted 3 hours and she spent the night next to me in bed. Tuesday, not much food, but she felt better. Wednesday while eating chicken noodle soup (and she had eaten a good amount) she coughed and out it came all over the kitchen. Another long night.

Thursday I finally decided to take her to the doctor. He poked her, had her pee in a cup, checked her ears, and every other theory was tested as to why this little girl wasn't feeling well. He finally came to the conclusion that she was slightly dehydrated from being sick and her tummy had just become incredibly sensitive from the bug she had had. He said she wasn't contagious from whatever it was (and no one else in the family has gotten this), but if the throwing up persisted we may consider putting her in the hospital for blood tests and rehydration. So I got her drinking small amounts of gatorade often, but she still threw up that afternoon after her nap. Then again last night just after going to bed, both ends at the same time, and we were up until midnight!

I don't write this to make you squeemish, I'm actually hoping for some potential input as to why this is going on. We almost took her to the hospital last night, but after a conversation with the on-call doctor, and confirming no intense abdominal pain or fever, decided to stay home and keep on the same track we've been on. I just want my baby girl to feel better! She's completely miserable and didn't even eat any of her birthday dinner, or cake. In fact every time food was present, she just quietly wandered up to her room and shut the door. She's very frustrated, and I am too! Any ideas? She's too cute to feel this miserable.


Tyson and Laurel said...

My kids have had similar tummy problems, and throwing up problems, and they have been inexplicable to doctors. We finally started taking them to have NAET treatments and they are finally better. My Matt was the worst, he was ALWAYS 'dehydrated' and losing night after night of sleep. No problems now for him as far as tummies go. :) I hope you are able to find an answer for your sweet Lucy that you feel good about. Here is my email if you have any questions:

Emilie said...

So sorry about Lucy. you're right, she IS too cute to feel this awful. You are all in our prayers!

Kerri said...

Steph, this is so frustrating! I think the longest we've dealt with tummy stuff was a couple of weeks. Has Dallan given her a blessing yet? That may help, and if it doesn't right away, you may be guided to the right kind of treatment.

Love you guys!