CROUP!!!!!!!!

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CROUP!!!!!!!!
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Fri, 04-03-2009 - 9:41am

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH


i want to crawl under a rock and stay there.


G-man has croup now. the very distnctive seal bark cough and it started last night. he was breathing wierd and i couldn't tell if he was sleep talking. but woke up with the cough and runny nose and

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In reply to: babydust02
Fri, 04-03-2009 - 11:09am

Geena, I sincerely hope you take him to a pediatrician immediately. You should address several issues with the doctor. Foremost, his cough and secondly his diet.

We've known each other a long time and if our roles were reversed I would expect you to be frank with me. I know too well that sometimes when it rains, it pours, meaning disasters seem to strike over and again when we're down.

However, I'm concerned about you. I'm concerned that your pediatrician is not able or unwilling to address some red flags that I see. Gian's weight is not a small matter. The fact that you don't know what he should be eating, and seek this board's advice tells me you aren't being managed well. A couple weeks ago I asked you for his percentiles since birth. Given that information you provided, I believe he fits into a category "failure to thrive". In addition, he has "sleep apnea" or episodes which as you describe are alarming, at best. Also, he seems to have recurring "explosive diapers" or diarrhea so troublesome that you report it quite often. He will not eat, will not sleep well, and has problems with elimination. Geena, all these anecdotes you provide add up to a problem that MUST be addressed. If your pediatrician will not take your reports seriously, then I believe it is your job as his mother to find a doctor who will. Further, I am concerned that you don't have a support group in your life outside of this board. I am not an expert, just a concerned friend, but I HIGHLY encourage you to join a mother's group at the very least, AND see a counselor at best.

I say all this at the risk of being totally blasted by every single member of this board, including the hundreds of 14yo boys who surely lurk here daily. I take this risk because I believe you need a friend to tell it to you straight. This is no small matter Geena, please take my advice. You are welcome to tell me to shove it here, or by email, you know my address. Regardless, I stand by what I've said. Know that a friend does not shy away when you need to hear a tough message. I care enough about you and your kids to not sit by in idle. (((Let's get you back on track)))


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Registered: 04-06-2007
In reply to: babydust02
Fri, 04-03-2009 - 12:21pm

Geena,

I 100% agree with Chris and Caren. You know that I have been worried about you and Gian for some time and I am becoming more alarmed now. It seems that as soon as he gets better something else hits and that just isn't normal. Especially for a stay at home baby. If Liam was sick a lot and bring those germs from school that would make sense but that doesn't seem to be the issue. I want you to call YOUR Dr first and talk about medication again. I want you to call Gian's Ped next - and talk about Failure to Thrive and request a referral ASAP. That will get the ball rolling and if it really is just a string of bad luck then so be it - BUT if it isn't and it isn't being treated correctly that could have consequences you don't want to face. So GO to the DR and do it NOW! You know that I have always been blunt and frank with you and I will not stop now. You are my friend and I worry about you so please do this for us and Gian and especially yourself.

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Registered: 06-18-2004
In reply to: babydust02
Fri, 04-03-2009 - 12:55pm

Geena -


I'm so sorry to hear that your baby is sick again!


I agree with the other ladies that you do need to see the pediatrician and have the pediatrician do a more thorough evaluation of your baby. Maybe there is something medical wrong and they need to figure it out asap so they can address the issue.


Other people brought up the "failure to thrive" diagnosis. I hate that term for so many reasons. I know that my friends who have heard that diagnosis get so worried about their baby and beat themselves up about what they were doing wrong. From my experience with friends who have heard that as a possible diagnosis, not one has actually had a baby with true medical issue. In the


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Registered: 05-17-2004
In reply to: babydust02
Fri, 04-03-2009 - 1:46pm

(((GEENA)))

I'm so very sorry to hear that your sweet boy is sick - again. It is so not fun to be in a position that you feel completely helpless and you want nothing but to fix it all. You are not in the best of health, and the pressures of keeping your baby well is added pressure.

I will ditto all the pp'ers. I hope you decide to see a new set of doctors. Both for you and Gian. Like Melanie, I think the term "failure to thrive" can be a very scary term. It will probably make you feel like you've done something wrong, or should have done something differently. Whatever you do, don't think that. If, in fact, that is the ultimate diagnosis, there are many things good doctors can do to help turn things around and make both Gian's and your life much healthier.

Many hugs coming your way, Geena.









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Registered: 06-05-2006
In reply to: babydust02
Fri, 04-03-2009 - 1:51pm

Geena-


I'm not sure what I can say that hasn't already been said.

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