Poor Joshua is sick. He was fine all day yesterday until late afternoon when he became really cranky & then just before dinner threw up all over. He still has a really sensitive gag reflux, so I wasn’t sure if he as sick or if he had just gotten too worked up. I cleaned him up, snuggled with him for a few minutes, and then put him to bed. When I checked on him an hour later, he had a slight fever (100.5) and was obviously not feeling well. Poor little guy. I gave him some homeopathic remedies when he woke up whining a little later but then he slept well the rest of the night. Today he seems better and was able to keep down some bland cereal and water. He’s napping right now. I’m hoping he just ate something funny & it’s not the stomach flu I hear is going around. That’s the last thing we need right now.
We’ve started our little Luke on Zantac for possible reflux. While he rarely spits up, he does gag or choke after eating sometimes, and its often a good hour or more after eating. He’s been fussier in the last month too. It started when he was in the hospital from the flu a month ago. For the first two weeks afterwards, I figured his grumpiness was from the illness/getting back to normal. Then he had thrush (which I think we’ve finally cleared up after a solid week of twice daily Gentian Violet – yesterday was the last day so I’ve got my fingers crossed now!) so I chalked up his crankiness to that. But for the last week, the thrush has been almost gone and he was still just as fussy.
Don’t get me wrong – Luke’s fussiness is nothing compared to how Joshua (who had horrible reflux) was as a baby. But having gone through all that with Joshua, I have no intentions of waiting and doing nothing like we did for so long with poor Joshua.
I refuse to do that with Luke. I waited a month when I thought there were valid reasons for his fussiness, but now that it’s continued, I knew it was time for more action. I emailed our doctor on Monday and asked her flat out for a prescription for Zantac. I told her my reasons why I think Luke has mild “silent reflux” and why I wanted the meds for him and she called in the prescription that night. Isn’t that great? I’m going to say here for the thousandth time how much I love our doctor; the fact that she trusts me as a mom means so much to me. And when she recommends something I may not completely understand the reasons behind – ie spinal tap/antibiotics for Luke last month – I am willing to trust her in return.
This is Luke’s 3rd day of being on the meds. It’s still a little early to say it’s definitely working, but he does seem happier. From what I understand, meds like Zantac work to simply reduce the acidity in the stomach so that when reflux does occur, it’s not as painful. Really bad cases of reflux – like Joshua – may require a different or additional medication, like Prevacid, which helps to relax the esophogus and minimize the reflux. Because Luke doesn’t spit up a lot like Joshua did, I am hopeful that just the Zantac will help.
I probably won’t be posting much the next couple days because we’re going to be pretty busy. Nate has tomorrow off work & we’re going to do some major organizing in our barn/attic. The barn (unfinished addition off our house – no idea why it’s called that because it’s not a barn at all but anyways…) is always the last place to get cleaned/organized because we just use it for storage. And it’s not heated, so in the winter, it’s pretty cold and we generally have no desire to stay out there longer than we need to. Plus because I was pregnant last fall, the normal things I do to keep it neat & organized just didnt’ happen, so it’s pretty messy.
I guess I’m pretty crazy because I am almost giddy with excitement at the thought of finally getting this done! I just love organizing and I have been wanting to hit the barn for awhile. I can’t wait to get started!
And aside from that, we are also supposed to get a snow storm tomorrow. I’ve heard anything from 6-18 inches. That’s not an April’s Fools joke. It’s no surprise around here though – we do live in northern New England. The good thing about snow storms this time of year is that the snow doesn’t generally last that long.
I hear Joshua waking up – time for me to run… wish us luck this weekend – as fun as it is for me to organize, it can get interesting with our many little helpers! Lol.