Friday, June 5, 2009

Miss Polly Had a Dolly Who Was Sick, Sick, Sick

Ahhh...so hard to remember to post something for Fx4 now that I've started working Fridays again. I'm really lucky my boss is so understanding. I keep flip-flopping my hours around. First I decided to take Fridays off so that I can spend extra time with J-girl and clean my house (read: loaf). So I'm only working 32 hours a week now. Then I decided that in lieu of daycare I will work Fridays again and come home early every day to meet her after school.

Then she got sick and I've been coming and going at all hours, working from home, bringing her to work (we have a lounge with all the comforts of home), and taking personal days. This is week 6 of mystery abdominal pains, tests and appointments, and no school. I'm also very lucky that my sister-in-law lives with us and can take excellent care of her between her shifts so I can go to work. We've been to our doctor three times, a specialist twice, the emergency room once, had 4 urinalyses, 2 x-rays, 1 ultrasound and 1 blood work done. So far, no diagnosis. Everything comes back negative/normal/nothing remarkable. Next appointment is on Thursday. I guess I'm kind of hoping it will magically just go away, although it would be nice to know what it is.

First, I don't like to see my little girl in pain and there's nothing I can do to make it better. Second, it is really exhausting to take care of someone who is in chronic pain and still function in other areas of life. Third, I don't like not being able to solve a problem, and waiting for all these appointments is killing me. Oh, and did I mention the homework? There's homework. It's really hard to coax a sickie to sit up and do schoolwork. I am not cut out for home schooling. Even without the personality clash. I work all day. I don't want to come home and spend 3 hours doing school work. I don't want to push her so I've been letting her (and me!) off easy, but all the same, it needs to be done. Even better, she needs to recover and go back to school before grade 4 is over.

I may have to look at other options. She's not stressed or anxious, not constipated, not visibly ill, and it's not appendicitis and apparently not her kidneys or gall bladder. Maybe I should start looking at natural medicine. I need a solution and so far the doctors have not been able to offer one. I know her pain is real. She actually WANTS to go back to school.

Thanks, I just needed to whine about that and get it off my (fairly substantial) chest. Big deep breath...exhale...and moving on.

In other news, the other reason for my absence is our backyard landscaping project. Pictures to follow soon. Maybe next Friday! Also, we're planning a vacation for July. Yay! Something to look forward to!

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