Ian had his check up with the pediatrician today. It’s always nice to hear that the boys are growing well. Health is such a huge gift. It was an extra relief to hear that Ian’s eyesight and ears and really everything checked out fine since he has also been dealing with health issues the past months. Likely it’s been more like his whole life, but I’ve just caught on in the last couple months.
He was a very fussy baby (Oh, I WISH now I would have tried eliminating dairy like people recommended I do.), had a record number of ear infections and colds and unexplained fevers. He didn’t babble much as a baby. He was a late talker. Any of those things can be easily brushed away. And truthfully he did outgrow them to a degree. He did start talking and now talks not stop. :)
In the last several months, though, there were MORE symptoms. He’s been complaining about his knee hurting, his leg hurting, and his stomach hurting. Often it was after a nap or when first waking and I thought his leg or arm must be “sleeping.” When he sometimes called us from bed in the morning to carry him downstairs because his knee hurt, we knew there was more going on.
The one day his knee was swollen and red. He didn’t want to walk for three days. At one time I would have probably rushed him to the doctor, but after m.a.n.y visits for unexplainable rashes and whatnot, I’ve become more of a wait-it-out mom. Okay, and maybe I’m also beginning to lean toward alternative medicine–because I did take him to see our chiropractor. :0 :)
The next stop would have been the pediatrician, but after the adjustment the inflammation and swelling started lessening. However, I started digging around for more information. Our chiropractor suggested I start giving him Omega 3 and have him see my natropath. I did that along with praying for healing and wisdom.
Looking up his symptoms online wasn’t reassuring since he had the classic signs for juvenile arthritis. It was something the pediatrician had mentioned we should watch for when we had been trying to figure out the unexplained fevers. :(
Ian has been very lethargic in the past months. He would often lay around for hours. Sometimes Zachary would ask him to go outside and play and Ian would say, “No, sanks.” Once we walked to the park and he wanted to ride in the stroller. A four year old should have energy to run especially to some place fun, but, okay…not a big deal. Then we got to the park and he wanted to rest in the stroller instead of play. Hmm. Not normal.
He also would sometimes have little temper flare ups that were completely out of character for his personality. He had difficulty falling asleep, dark circles under his eyes, frequent stomach aches, he wasn’t gaining much weight. Sometimes it seemed as though he wasn’t hearing well. Sometimes his gait was uneven.
The natropath had me keep a diet diary and quickly connected the symptoms to dairy. A few days after eliminating dairy we had a different child!!! He has energy to play, he is happy, and the temper flares are gone.
As soon as he has milk we see dark eyes. He has had knee swelling once since then (probably because of cheating with dairy) and his hearing is improved (less inflammation, most likely).
Our pediatrician is great, was fine with what we’re doing through Dr. Lebon, and said to keep going with dairy elimination. If more symptoms such as joint pain come up again I could give them a call, but they trust my judgement. (Felt soooo good!) I was almost surprised that Ian’s height and weight both continued with the regular growth chart as they should. He’s still in the very lower part of the growth curve, but he’s growing appropriately.
I was glad we had an appointment when we did. Paxton started a rash Sunday night on his left check. Yesterday it started spreading down his legs and by this morning it was also climbing up his trunk. I was a little nervous since we have him on an alternate vaccination schedule. The doctor took a look and said it is definitely hives. He’s been on Benadryl today now and they are slowly lessening. We just don’t know for certain what caused it.
After the appointment we had a picnic lunch at a nearby park. The pediatrician’s office is on this street that is almost like a mini city–a collection of restaurants, real estate, a gym, and a few shops. Then there is this awesome subdivision, but instead of looking like cookie cutter houses they completely mixed styles. They have influences from colonial to southwest, but somehow they blend together. There’s a small park in the center and since it’s really mainly there for the people living in that area, it was pretty much empty.
At first there was one other lady and child there. He kept coming over to our picnic so his mom and I started chatting. We found out that he and Paxton are twins! I wish I would have taken a picture of the two of them together.
The boys played afterward and I lay on the blanket in the sun with the leaves rustling around me–interrupted often of course by jumping up to retrieve Paxton or push a swing–but still so nice!! Hearing the boys gathering bags full of leaves to make a leaf pile at home (Yes, they are scarce and precious here), watching their brains think up new ways of playing with things, watching Ian run–these are riches that sink deep into my soul.
“While here I stand, not only with the sense of present pleasure, but with pleasing thoughts that in this moment there is life and food For future years.” William Wordsworth