My three year old daughter Kairi was diagnosed with lead poisoning last summer. Lucky for us her levels were not high enough to require chelation, just needed case management and diet change. We treated her by giving her extra calcium, iron and potassium. She had to have her blood tested several times and each time the level had dropped. Finally in late February we got the news we had been waiting for, her levels were finally under ten. That meant we were finally able to stop with case management and she will only need one more blood test ( they want to see it under 5 ) but it will not be for a couple months.
I am so happy that my baby girl is getting better. This whole ordeal has been very hard on us all. Chris and I hated having to get her blood drawn ( she had to have it drawn twice and the rest of the time they just did finger pokes ), Kairi would have a total melt down and usually it took a couple people to hold her down. She would cry for a long time after the blood draw as well. When they did the finger poke she would stop crying as soon as they put the band aid on. We always took her out for a treat afterwards also.
We have a diagnoses and I do have gall stones, multiple gall stones. I will be headed for surgery soon. While the thought of going under the knife does not thrill me, I want this fixed because I am so tired of being in so much pain all the time.
My older two kids have been really understanding about mommy being sick. They want to help me feel better and keep asking what they can do to help me. The doctor gave me some pain killers to help while I wait and they have been making me feel a little out of it, so when I am laying down, all the kids love to lay with me and snuggle. The younger two do not really understand but they still like to snuggle with me.
My husband has pretty much taken over all the house work for me. I do what I can when I am feeling okay. I still do school with the kids and do most of the cooking. Once I have surgery I know Chris is going to have to take over everything for at least a couple days. Since he can not take more than a couple days off work the plan is that if I still need help I will spend the day out at my parents house so mom can help while still being there for her goats ( they just had a bunch of babies, one of which has to be bottle fed ) and then I will come back home when Chris is off work.
I have been dealing with some stomach pain for quite a while. It actually first started back in 2009 when I was pregnant with my third child. I went into the ER several times and they kept saying it was different things. They never did figure out what was wrong. Fast forward two years without any pain and then, Bam! more attacks while pregnant with my youngest. This time I just dealt with the pain since they never figured it out before. After her birth I seemed to be okay again. I chalked it up to one of those pregnancy things. Then one night about eight months ago it started again, so I started doing my own research.
I had cholestatis when pregnant with Amelia. I found out it is very common for your gallbladder to go bad when pregnant and cholestatis ups those chances even more. All the symptoms fit. At that time I did not have insurance so I was doing my best to deal with it for a couple more months by changing my diet. It seemed to be working and then one day I had a really bad attack. I was doubled over in pain, crying and nothing was helping. After dealing with the pain for over twelve hours I caved and headed to the ER. I told them my concerns but they did not believe that was the cause. Instead they said it was GERD, sent me home with meds and that was that.
Over the next few months I tried using the medicine and avoiding certain food that would make GERD worse. I thought it was working but then
I know I shared with you all a few months ago that in November the hubs and I would be starting TTC. There’s a reason that I’ve been missing from blogging since then! I’ve been exhausted, and sick, times TWO!
It was a little earlier than we had planned, due to a miscommunication, but when we found out we were expecting, we were thrilled! I had even joked with the hubs saying I hoped he had enjoyed himself, that we had probably gotten pregnant, but I REALLY was just kidding! I had been just absolutely wiped out for about a week, but I had contributed it to watching a friend’s little boy all week, and planning and packing to go out of town for the weekend. On Thursday, I mentioned to my friend how tired I was, and she asked “Are you pregnant?!” I swore up and down I wasn’t, and just had a lot on my plate. Friday evening we headed to my in-laws for the weekend. All I wanted to do was sleep the whole way there…the hubs must’ve been feeling neglected because he wanted to talk. The WHOLE way there. Sunday afternoon, we headed home, and I was feeling a little nauseated in the car, but chalked it up to a crappy breakfast. By the time we got home, I took a pregnancy test on a whim, expecting it to be negative. Boy was I shocked! I told DH a few days later, on Halloween, and he was just beside himself with excitement. I don’t think the smile left his face for a week!
I found out I was pregnant on October 29, and had my first appointment with the OB on November 28. He did an ultrasound, since I’d previously had the blighted ovum, just to make sure everything looked normal. I was so relieved to hear him say, “Heart rate looks great, high 160’s, very low chance of miscarriage at this point.” I jokingly said, “I’m glad there’s only one!” to which he replied, “I didn’t say that.” I said, “WHAT?” and he repeated himself. Finally, I said, “You’re joking!” and he said “no. I’m not.
You may remember that I wrote a blog over the summer about my daughter being allergic to the cold. Since being diagnosed she has broken out four times. The first time was on her third birthday, it was a hot day in July so we went to a swimming pool and then got drive through after for supper. She was still in her bathing suit and was holding her cup in her lap. She held it there for about fifteen minuets on the way back to her grandparents house and by the time we got there she had a huge spot of hives where it touched her bare skin.
The second time was at an event called Living Windows downtown. Living Windows is a special event in our town where all the businesses have living displays of Christmas scenes in their windows. We took the kids, it was actually a really nice evening so we thought Kairi would do alright but we noticed after about an hour that her hands were really red and she had welts on her knuckles.
The third time was out on my parents farm. She was out helping my dad feed the chickens, the weather was a bit chilly but not to bad so he had her in a light coat and a hat. By the time they were done she had hives on her cheeks, hands and chest.
The fourth time was recently. It was pretty nice outside for being December in Iowa. We took advantage of the nice weather and went on a walk. The wind was a bit chilly so I had them dressed in hats and coats. We walked up town and when we got there, Kairi’s whole face was covered in hives. It was the worst reaction she has ever had. Her hands were the color of a tomato and they also had welts all over them. The wind blowing right on her had to have made the reaction that much worse. I felt terrible. It only took about ten minuets for them to fade away but I was still upset. It was a really bad reaction and it seems like each one is getting worse and worse. So we are not taking any chances with her.
Let me start by saying that I have been an every day shampooer almost my entire life. I thrive on clean hair. I live for it. I don’t even hate drying my hair. I’d have a different shampoo for each day of the week if I could (and this is part of the reason we have always divided our bathrooms into his/hers in our homes – too many shampoo and conditioner bottles!).
My wedding stylist suggested I try going a week without shampooing before the wedding to get my hair style to “stay”. I didn’t even last 24 hours and she cursed me every minute she styled my hair (I kid you not). Daily shampooing is just my thing.
But…then I had a baby via c-section after an epic induction and hospital stay and I couldn’t stand, let alone shower, and before I knew it three days had passed without shampooing. Baths were out of the question, and I was honestly too busy to notice. Looking back in the pictures, my hair was actually pretty rockin’ despite being so filthy in my book.
As a mom, showering has become a relaxing luxury. It’s quiet and peaceful, relaxing and tranquil. When else do I have that kind of time? I couldn’t fathom passing it up…even when the “no ‘poo” idea sounded so tempting.
No ‘poo is the idea that you forgo regular shampoo for more natural alternatives – baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and maybe an essential oil or two. Sounded awesome, but I couldn’t imagine the smell or going more than 24 hours without shampooing. I decided to give it a go-ahead anyway and made some important discoveries:
Posted 12-11-2012 at 10:20 AM by Krista
Since my miscarriage last year I got bad about working out and watching my food intake. I am, however, fed up with my weight and ready to hit it hard again. (Who is it that says sweat is your fat crying?) One of my biggest weaknesses is sweets. I really have a hard time limiting myself in this area. I love, love, love sweets. You know those questions about being stranded on a desert island, and what three things would you bring with you? Well, I think I’d bring skittles and chocolate cake and mint Milanos. Well, you get the idea.
But of course losing weight and looking great requires sacrifice. I can’t not eat sweets, the deprivation would drive me crazy. I can, however, make healthier choices and changes. One thing I have come to love is whipped cream. I think it is a very misunderstood substance. People always tell you if you’re trying to lose weight, skip the whipped cream. While it’s true that they are empty calories, the whipped cream alone is much better for you than the latte.
For example, if you use whipped cream to replace ice cream you’ll be much better off. Whipped cream has less fat, cholesterol and calories than ice cream, particularly the lite whipped cream. I shove the entire container in the freezer and then, when it’s time for dessert, I get two tablespoons of whipped cream for a total of 40 calories. I add a tablespoon of heath toffee chips for another 80 calories and I have myself a delicious, low calorie treat.
I really wish that people would not bring sick kids to public functions. We have a rule in this house, if anyone is sick, we do not go. The last thing I want to do is spread the sickness to another baby in the nursery or to anyone at our home school group. I wish that everyone else would feel the same way though.
I can not even count the number of times that there has been a sick child at an event we have been at and when I say sick, I am not talking the sniffles, I am talking about when a child is really sick. Not that long ago I was out with my kids at an event and there was a little girl there that had a stomach bug, her parents brought her anyway because it had been a few hours since she was sick last and they thought she would be okay to be around others now. Needless to say I was not very happy. I try really hard to avoid all the viruses that are going around right now but it is hard to avoid a stomach bug if there is a child there with it. There is no way to keep my child away from the other kids completely when they are all touching toys and in an enclosed area. It is getting to the point where I am going to start leaving if there is a sick kid where ever we are.
Fall is finally here! After the long and hot summer we had in Iowa, I am welcoming Fall with open arms but I am welcoming all the illness that seems to come a long with it. We have already had strep run though the house and all four kids caught a cold. I want the sickness to end here as much as possible and I am doing my part to try to stop it. We do not vaccinate so no one in the house receives a flu shot. I made myself a list that I am hanging up to remind myself of what I need to do to try to keep us as healthy as I can through out the cold and flu season.
1. I am disinfecting my home on a regular basis. This includes all counters, everything in the bathroom, the light switches and the door knobs.
2. Getting enough sleep. This is a tough one for me since I am a night owl and my kids like to wake me at the crack of dawn. I am slowly starting to get myself to go to sleep earlier and making sure I am getting more then a few hours of rest each night.
3. Eating a balanced diet. I am increasing our vitamin c and d intake and trying to eat a more balanced diet all around.
When I like a product, I recommend it to family and friends. Lets just say that nearly everyone I know has heard about how awesome coconut oil is and what all we use it for here!
I originally bought coconut oil because of all the DS mamas raving over all of its uses. I thought to myself, “surely it can’t be all it’s cracked up to be!” And surely, I was wrong. It was all that and MORE.
We buy a lot of coconut oil and keep 4 containers in the house. One in the bedroom, one in the bathroom, one in the kitchen, and one in our travel case…seriously, I forgot to take coconut oil on ONE trip, and I won’t do that again!
Our coconut oil in the bedroom is used for…um…mommy daddy time. DH will never go back to anything other. Also, I use it to put on my feet, ankles, knees, and elbows before bed. It keeps all my dry spots moisturized wonderfully.
The tub in the kitchen is used for cooking. I love to use it in my waffle mix, and to grease the griddle for pancakes. I also use it to grease my cookie sheets and cake pans. I’ve put it into smoothies as well.