Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Back to the Doctor We Go...

February 23rd, March 2nd, March 16th and today, March 22nd Anna has been to the doctor. Yes, I've already requested our own room and went ahead and set up weekly appointments through the end of the year. Not really. But, I am feeling so frustrated and just don't know what to think or do anymore.

If you read this you know since about 2 weeks after she was born she started getting really goopy eyes. The doctor's said it would go away on it's own, that it was a small tear duct, but about 3 weeks old he finally prescribed some antibiotic drops to clear it up. It worked a little but after the antibiotics were over then it came right back. When Anna was 2.5 to 3 months old her little nose got stuffy and we bought stock and stocked up on Little Noses saline drops. Used those and suctioned her nose out (they should hire me in delivery rooms because I've got it down!!) daily at least 3 or 4 times a day. There were better days and worse days but that was a constant.

We went to the doctor more often than normal anyway to check on her growth and weight gain but each visit always brought up her nose and eyes. Finally around December, 4 months old, he told us to give her Benadryl at least every evening. Blake and I were really worried about this and didn't want to resort to medicine but at the same time trusted our doctor and if it was going to provide her some releif we'd try it. It seemed to help a little bit but nothing drastic.

Then January came and she got a "cold" which was actually RSV and was hospitilzied for two days and we've been on breathing treatments since. One of these visits he said he wants her to stay on the Pulmucort until she's 9 months. We were doing Albuterol and Pulmocort 3 times a day but dropped the Albuterol at the beginning of March and now only do the Pulmocort 2 times a day. February she got a little better but at the end got way worse again and that's when he said she had a sinus infection. He prescribed her amoxicillin antibiotic and literally overnight she seemed to clear up. We also dropped the Benadryl and moved to Zyrtec allergy meds. Over the next week and a half it got better and better.

I can't explain the elation and happiness I felt waking up and not having to see her precious eyes glued shut from the goop that oozed from them over night. I didn't have to suction her nose and it was so nice to see her happy and her eyes weren't red from the goop. Then, last week she started getting stuffy again. Oh, this was after also adding Singulair allergy meds to her routine, on top of the Zyrtec. Geez. I was like, "Oh heck no! This is not happening." Well, yesterday was pretty bad adn when I picked her up from daycare her eyes were back to being red and raw and you could tell her nose had been runny and stuffy all day.

We put her to bed and this morning she woke up with a terrible cough and it sounded like a seal barking. I thought, "great...it's back in her lungs now." But, I took her to the doctor and he said it's another sinus infection. He said her lungs sound great and it's all in her sinuses/eyes/nose/throat. She just finished up the amoxicillin last week so he sent us home with another antibiotic. I'm frustrated because like I said, I trust my doctor and we want Anna well, I just feel guilty putting her meds.

I am sad because i just want her to be well. I would drive her to Timbuktu if I had to get an answer. I would do anythign to take it all from her. And, to think it's all my fault. LOL. Every doctor we've seen asks, "is there a history of allergy or asthma in the family." Yes, that would be me. So, tomorrow we have an allergy/asthma appointment and I'm praying that we get some answers and some releif for her. I just keep thinking, "What in the world is there left to do?!" She's on TWO freaking allergy meds already! Is it daycare? She's around too many kids and picking up their germs? But, they are good about telling us if somone is sick or has been sick and no one else is out or sick. I just keep racking my brain and really trying hard to give it all to God because that's all we can do. I ask for your prayers for answers and healing for Anna. I just want her to be well...maybe we will move to AZ. Isn't that where the sned all the south texas allergy sufferers anyway?! Anyone want a quaint home on a hill in the Texas Hill Country?! ;)

2 comments:

Judith said...

Oh Holly! I'm so sorry. :( Matthew had the goopy eyes for about a month after he was born, but not at all to this extent. I was convinced that it was allergies and that he'd gotten them from me, and was so relieved when it cleared up. Stay strong my friend. You are an excellent mama and I know you would move heaven and earth for Anna. I hope the doctors appointment last week went well. Praying that she'll feel better soon and for strength and reassurance for you.

The Kallemyns said...

Thanks Judith. We got an opthamologist appointment set for late April and hopefully we can get her "fixed up." I wish it were tomorrow but...
Matthew is very, very cute! :) He is a perfect mix of you and David. Such fun times!

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