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Old 10-08-2012, 03:07 PM   #11
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I do, but I try to keep it in check. I follow my instincts most of the time- the one time I didn't ended up being a disaster for us. I let dd's doc convince me that I was just being over protective. And because of that dd ended up spending her first year in pain, not meeting milestones, and failing to gain weight. Took 2 years of physical therapy to get her almost caught up to her age in gross motor. She will likely never play any kind of sport. I have followed my instincts since. And even when I sometimes thought I might be over doing it, they were still right. Everyone, including my self, thought I was being a little weird about not introducing peanuts until after she was 2. I just had a feeling. Turns out she has a severe peanut allergy (we did not give her peanuts she had an accidental exposure at day care). I had the same feeling about coconut even though its a rare allergy- she allergic to it too.

I have anxiety about ds popping up with food allergies too. He is so much healthier than dd but he is right now the age she was when she had her first reaction. So far so good.

I use to question whether it was instinct or paranoia. I have found the more I listen the better I get at telling the difference. I decided to jump every time and by doing that I have been learning the difference between instinct feelings and straight anxiety. In general I have always listened to my instincts, but with the kids there is so much more at risk anxiety does sometimes overwhelm the true instinct. But the more I jump the more I learn the true feeling.

i def feel like my anxiety overwhelms my true instincts because i keep "jumping" and to different doctors and they tell me hes ok and the something small happens like a bruise or weird stools or coughing etc etc and it sets me in over drive and i begin to think the worst sigh

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Old 10-08-2012, 03:25 PM   #12
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Nah. We have had our share of health scares but I try very hard not to worry about the future and things I cant control.
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Old 10-08-2012, 03:59 PM   #13
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I saw my daughter turn blue several times. I also saw her get IV's be intubated and all sorts of other things that no parent should see their child go through. So at this point if DS isn't blue, or bleeding, I really don't worry. He is as healthy as his daddy that never gets ill so I am not going to worry. I have enough to worry about with my health.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:09 PM   #14
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Nope...

but, I do worry I will lose another one
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Re: anxiety over your childs health

No but I ave been very lucky to have no health issues with DS. He has never been sick, had an injury, etc...If there were more health issues I'm sure I would.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:57 PM   #16
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I have major anxiety about SIDS when my babies are super teeny..but other than that, no.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:17 PM   #17
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Yes. I have GAD and that's typically how it presents. we have had quite a few health issues and I really struggle with discerning between instinct and anxiety. It's really a daily battle for me to control the anxiety.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:21 PM   #18
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A little bit but we tend to have bad luck...nothing horrible just the whole "Oh, this is really super rare it never happens to anyone." yeah that will happen to me/us.

I had Cat Scratch Disease when I was 12. My daughter swallowed a quarter and in some huge % of cases it passes through just fine...well of course not her it has to be surgically removed because it won't leave her stomach.

If something off the wall happens I just know we'll be that 2% lol...mostly because we just are...Thank God it's never been anything super horrific...just more annoying than anything.

I don't have anxiety over it really...more resignation. When she swallowed the quarter I just knew it wasn't going to pass normally so I've always had surgery as the 'this will happen' in my mind
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Other? I don't worry that something is wrong with my children, but I am terrified that something might happen to them. I don't know if I could bear that.
I don't worry about health, but I do worry about something terrible happening, to the point of having nightmares. It's awful.
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my problem is i dont know whats anxiety and whats instinct
This is SO important!!!

I knew from the moment my daughter was born that something was not right, we saw tons of specialist, where diagnosed with things, and outgrew diagnosis. Where being monitored and watches for multiple issues with yearly checks. I knew in my gut that something was not right, that there was something going on (and still do to this day) suffered from Dr telling me over and over again that I was over reacting, but my instincts held true. And one month before my dd's 5th bday she was diagnosed with cancer.

Now I'm not saying that ever fear we have as moms is real or true, but I will say that IF your mothering instincts are telling you that something is not right you should exhaust all resources to make sure that your instinct is wrong. Don't settle on a Lazy know it all Dr, or a dr taking the "its such a small chance" my daughters cancer is one in a million pediatric cancers diagnosed!!!!
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