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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Great travel info

One thing that I really like to do is travel. If I had the money I would take a trip at least once a month and I would indulge in a three-week vacation at least once a year. So when I came across the information for DialAFlight, I knew it was something I wanted to tell you about. When you get to you’ll find tons of information on cheap flights (there are flights to Canada), tropical holidays, beach holidays, spa holidays, weekend breaks (all the types of trips I love) plus much more.

After you’ve done a search on the site then all you have to do is call and speak to one of their UK travel consultants who will ensure that all of your travel needs are met. By speaking to someone you know for sure that your trip is tailor-made for you.

So, what are you waiting for? Make your travel arrangements today while you’re thinking about! ;-)

This is a paid or sponsored post!

'It's Write Now' contest

I've been trying to click over to It's Write Now for about a week, but I've been so busy that I'm just now getting around to it. I read about Emma's blog/site and her contest on someone else's blog. (Sorry I can't recall right now -- it's been a long week.) Emma is giving away an 8-gig red video iPod Nano in a random drawing. The contest ends on Oct. 31 so if you want to enter you should click over a.s.a.p.

Good luck!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Relapse & another ER visit

Much to my dismay Amber came home from school on Monday feeling worse. She went to school on Tuesday and before I left the house to take the other children to daycare, I text messaged her to see if she was okay. She responded: “Can you come get me?”

I asked her if she could wait 30 to 45 minutes and if not I would come immediately. She said she could wait, but before I left the house I got a call from the school office saying she needed to be picked up immediately because she was crying and in pain.

I scooped up the other three children as quickly as possible and went to the high school. Amber was crying, her face was puffy and she seemed a little lethargic. Once we got into the van she told me her head hurt really badly and her stomach hurt worse than it did before she started the medication.

Earlier when I was on the phone with the school, the pediatrician’s office had called. There’s a nurse there that is sooooo helpful and friendly so she held on while I talked to the school. We initially decided for her to call the GI’s office to see if they could see her immediately, but when I spoke with Amber I called her back and we decided for her to go to the emergency room at the children’s hospital.

When we arrived, and after I had given them the history, Amber told them her stomach pain and head pain were both a “10.” They gave her morphine and an anti-nausea drug, put her on an hour of IV fluids and ordered an x-ray.

The x-ray was normal and the morphine helped her headache right away and reduced the stomach pain. They sent us home with the anti-nausea medicine (to add to the other three she’s on) and orders to take Tylenol (up to three) for pain. She was also instructed to stay home today and rest. And I have to follow up with the GI and see if they can see her sooner than her Oct. 11 appointment.

It was a little scary for me (and Amber!) because she said she felt worse than before she started the medication. Unfortunately the side effects of the medicine can cause the same symptoms as the bacteria so I’m sure she feels pretty crappy. The appointment with the GI will determine whether the bacteria have caused the ulcers and if the ulcers have caused any damage to her stomach.

This has been such an exhausting week and a half, but I’m hoping things will get better for Amber as she continues to take her medicine…

Monday, September 24, 2007

A nice award

Carrie has honored me with another award! She is so nice and giving... sometimes I don't feel like I deserve something so ... uh... nice, but it is very much appreciated.

Thanks Carrie for your support and love.

Finally! A diagnosis, meds & feeling better

After an emergency room visit, numerous calls to the doctor’s office and a visit, my daughter finally got a diagnosis. She has the H. pylori bacteria, which causes peptic ulcers. After doing a little research, I found out – much to my surprise – that these ulcers are not as a result of stress. In fact, the bacteria may not even develop into the ulcers and although it is treatable it will get worse without treatment.

The information I found at the National Digestive Disease Information Clearinghouse was quite interesting. One of the ways the bacteria can be transmitted is from kissing. I’m not saying that because I think that’s how Amber got it! She would kill me if I wrote that in my blog, but now that I think about it maybe we should have a conversation about this! LOL. However, I thought other parents may find it interesting and use it as one of those tactics to get their teens not to do something they shouldn’t. Maybe the conversation should go something like this:

Parent: You know, I read something on the web recently about bacteria you can get from kissing.

Teen: Really?

Parent: Yeah, I didn’t even know about it. It’s called H. pylori. You know, there’s always something out there that we don’t know about that could cause us harm.

Or something like that.

Okay, I digress. Back to Amber…

On Wednesday, four days after the emergency room visit, Amber started getting sharp pains in her stomach. Initially the pains were like a dull ache, she said. As each day passed she got worse and we still hadn’t gotten a diagnosis. On Thursday (my birthday!), I stop by the pediatrician’s office to pick up Amber’s test results, which I had already been told were all normal, and inquire about the results of the last test.

About an hour and 45 minutes later after the nurse calling the lab at the hospital and leaving a message; one of the nurses notices that the results had been faxed while I was there. Now that we had a diagnosis I had to get the medication. Amber was prescribed a three-pill regimen of two very strong antibiotics as well as something to deal with the actual pain. Because of a problem with her health insurance, what they covered and what the pharmacy had available, it was another 24 hours before she had her medicine, which needed to be taken together.

Yesterday when Amber woke up she was almost back to her normal self. She had been taking the meds for three days and although she had pain it wasn’t as bad. In fact, she talked to me so much she was like a new child. Well, I guess I should say the old child reborn. She went back to school today and despite side effects of the pills and the persistent pain, she is on the road to recovery.

It’s amazing how a sick child who you can’t make feel better will make you do whatever you can think of to make them feel better… an-t-way, we’ve survived that small crisis and I am so happy my baby – my oldest baby is on the road to recovery.

Thanks to everyone who prayed for us and thought of us.

This is Amber several weeks before she got sick.
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