The Bad News:
For the past three weeks our family has been spreading sickness around. This is one reason I haven't been blogging as much as I'd like. We have all had varying levels of illness and some of the same symptoms, but some different. Between sick visits, follow up visits, and previously scheduled appointments and tests, we have been to the doctor a fairly ridiculous amount of times in the past couple of weeks!! The worst was last Wednesday night though.
Madi had a fever the Tuesday evening before so I kept her in from school. On Wednesday she ran a low grade temp but was fairly healthy during the day. In the afternoon she complained to the point of tears that her hands and feet were aching and itching like crazy. I thought she might have been exaggerating a bit and put in her the bathtub to rinse off. Afterwards she said her feet and hands still itched. That night after Jimmy and I got home from youth group her lips were swollen, and started swelling more at a rapid rate. They got huge. I am not exaggerating, she looked like a duck. It was almost comical if it hadn't been so worrisome. Then her face started swelling. I called the doctor because I was becoming aware she was having an allergic reaction to something. In the five minutes I was talking to him going over the events of the day her eyes swelled underneath and on top, almost making them shut. The doctor said to give her Benadryl and go to the ER right away.
Both the doctor I spoke to on call and the doctor in the ER, as well as her pediatrician when we followed up, think she was actually having an allergic reaction to a virus. I never knew this, but sometimes the body can have a bad histamine reaction to a virus in the body that causes different reactions; sometimes it is hives or a rash, other times it can be the type of reaction Madi had.
She really hasn't been the same since this happened. We've been in communication with the doctor and back for another appointment because of fatigue, joint pain, low grade fevers during the day, and spiking fevers at night. Thankfully we had some labs done Thursday to make sure all is well, but right now the doctor thinks either the reaction really wiped her body out, or she is now fighting a secondary virus that she may have picked up when she tried to go back to school for a few days.
Honestly, I am just grateful she is okay. And a bit worn out from all of this, combined with everyone else passing around sickness and keeping up with normal responsibilities. But still, I am thankful! Neither one of our kids had ever had an allergic reaction before, and it was unnerving.
The Good News
I recently went to the Women's Center for my one year follow up on a biopsy I had done last February. I had diagnostic mammograms and an ultrasound. The tumor and cluster of cysts they found last year are still present but there were no changes, so I did not have to go through another biopsy. Praise God!! My mom is a breast cancer survivor and I was shocked last year when my first "routine" mammogram ended with a biopsy, so I am thankful for every good report!