So anyway, long time no hear. I'm sorry about that. Life has been quite eventful around here.
I finally felt like I had my life back--I was getting projects done (four pretty amazing quilts to be exact), Lucky did the prairie points on this quilt for our friend Holly's baby. I love how happy and cheerful this quilt is!
Family chores had been reinstated, and each of the kids had one night a week to prepare a dinner of their choice--we had routine back, and it couldn't have been better. Except...that Tyler has been, well, not himself since about Thanksgiving. It started off as congestion, and that resulted in his major surgery being postponed.
Things just weren't right. Ty would go to school Monday and seem to have a great day, then a couple hours into his school day on Tuesday, he'd begin violently trembling. By Wednesday, he was having severe anxiety when we'd tell him it was time to get in his wheelchair to get on the bus. It was almost like a panic attack.
Something you should know about Ty is that he loves school. He loves the kids, the teachers, the classes, and it was so unlike him to protest and want to stay home. During this time, Ty's need for pain medication had drastically increased.We have a family friend who is a Physician's Assistant, and he made a house call.
Our friend discovered that Ty had a raging bladder infection. We tried one course of antibiotics, and he still had an infection. Ty's regular doctor decided to put him on a new antibiotic, and still his symptoms persisted. Finally, a cultures and sensitivities was run. Mysteriously enough, the antibiotics he'd been on should have done the trick. We tried a third antibiotic, and then Ty started throwing up. Like several times a day. And he started moaning.
Let me explain something. If Ty cries, we go to the Emergency Room, because that is just how tough he is. At this time he also started fevering. His normal body temperature is 96.9--nearly two degrees lower than the average person's. He was running the equivalent temp of 104.5, and it wasn't responding to Advil or Tylenol. I took him in for an office visit.
The doctor was perplexed, and thought that maybe his nausea was an allergic reaction to the new antibiotic. It was decided to give him Rocephin shots and to switch him back to one of the other antibiotics.
I realize this is long and boring, but bear with me.
Then Ty stopped having bowel movements. Imagine if you went three days without, well, "going". Imagine that this happens over a three-day weekend, and that you start vomiting 4-5 times a day. And that you start moaning and pain medicine seems to have no effect.
Emergency Room, here we come.
At this point, I was convinced that he had a bowel obstruction or intussusception. I was wrong.