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Growl and sigh [Mar. 19th, 2006|09:22 am]
You know how sometimes your children break your heart, without even trying?

The Boy has pneumonia. We discovered this after spending four hours going back and forth between the doctor's office and the hospital for tests and X-rays. And at the end of that long four hours, The Boy had to get a shot of antibiotics. A very big, very thick, very bad shot.

I felt so bad for him. I had already told him he would get the shot, and that it would hurt a little, and that he needed to stay calm and be very still, even though it hurt. And then when the nurse actually brought in the shot and I saw it, I realized I had vastly underrated how much it was going to hurt.

But he was good, and stayed very still, even as tears poured down his face. And when it was over, he clung to me and sobbed. And when I told him he had been very brave, he cried harder and said that no, he hadn't been brave at all.

And that would have been the end of it, except the doctor also prescribed an oral antibiotic, which The Boy has to take twice a day for ten days. When the doctor handed me the precription, he warned, Make sure the pharmacist gives you a syringe. It didn't make sense to me at the time. Then we got the medicine, and as I always do, I tasted it so I could tell The Boy what to expect. 

It was horrid. It was so bitter it actually made my tongue ache, and that was just from a tiny drop. I gave The Boy some cold water to help deaden his taste buds, and he tried to take his dose from the medicine cup. He cried. He drooled. He actually foamed at the mouth. And he still had half the dose left. Husband found a syringe and we managed to get the rest of it squirted down The Boy's throat while he screamed and cried and gagged. It was awful.

I was so angry. Surely there was some other medicine the doctor could have prescribed. How do you explain to a four-year-old that he needs to drink this stuff not once, but twice a day for what seems like forever?

This morning, I mixed his dose with grenadine to try and take some of the bad taste away. I made him some choclate milk so he would have something to drink after taking it, to wash the taste out of his mouth.

And when I brought it to him, I told him I was sorry that it was so bad, but that he needed it to get well, and that I had tried to make it taste better but that it was still bad. He looked a little sad and said, I'll try my best. I told him he was being very brave, and he said, Thank you for saying I am being brave. Thank you for trying to make it taste better. And he drank it. And I cried.

And we have nine more days.

[User Picture]From: marshmelococoa
2006-03-19 08:04 am (UTC)
Oh I'm teary!! That's so sad. My Dillan is the worst at taking meds. And while we were going through ear infections, he had a ton and they were all horrid. I tried mixing it in milk, juice, and icecream. We'd have to hold him down and squirt it in and hope that at least most of it would stay down. It was the hardest times of my life as a mother. And I do know first hand how they feel, it happened to me too. This is what I worry about when mixing it with things they like...
When I was having my first surgery for Crohn's Disease I had to drink an oral enema-like mix. It was SO SALTY and so horrid and knowing what it was going to do to me on the other end was just as scary. But I HAD to drink this stuff otherwise they couldn't do the surgery. To make it taste better they mixed it with cherry jello mix. So I was drinking salty cherry jello drink. DOUBLE HORRID! To this day I can not go near cherry jello. It took me YEARS to even go near anything cherry. The thought makes me want to gag. Thankfully now that stuff comes in pill form.
But what do we do as moms? We know they want take it as is and we want it to be as easy on them as possible. Like having pneumonia and feeling like dookie isn't bad enough. I worry about turning them off of their favorite foods or drinks but they just have to take the stuff. I wish I knew of a better way to help you guys out.

Lots of hugs to the poor boy. He surely was brave. My kids never would have tolerated that stuff. Hope he feels better soon. Smooches to both of you!
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[User Picture]From: uppity_woman
2006-03-19 08:12 am (UTC)
lol. when i was in high school i had undiagnosed apendicitis, for almost a month. i'm lucky i didn't die, i got down to the 90's #, and was admitted to the hospital twice, had a psych consule because they were sure i was anorexic and a bunch of other tests. i kept throwing up, and they couldn't figure it out becuase my white count never got high? stupid docs.

anyway they gave me a barium swallow CT to check for a abodominal tumors. the barium was orange flavored, but tasted like chalk anyway, and i hadn't been able to keep anything down for weeks.

to this day i can't stand the smell of orange juice. YUCK.
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[User Picture]From: marshmelococoa
2006-03-19 08:15 am (UTC)
oh yeah, that barium stuff is SO NASTY! I've had it in a dozen flavors, all horrid and chalky and SO THICK. They make you drink enough that it overflows out your nose.

I feel for you on that one. I didn't have flavor issues with those thankfully. But I never want to have to have one again!

Oh, and when they do the upper GI, they also give you these things like Poprocks that you have to swallow. It releases a bunch of gas into your system so the xray shows up better. So you're not allowed to burp at all. Chalk + poprocks = want to die.
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[User Picture]From: uppity_woman
2006-03-19 08:36 am (UTC)

yeah, i kept throwing it up, so they finally had to give me a tube in my nose and pump it into my stomach. fun! :D
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[User Picture]From: marshmelococoa
2006-03-19 08:38 am (UTC)
I think sometimes that would be just easier on people. When I had my second surgery, that's what I had them do. AND, they couldn't put the tube in without knocking me out.
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[User Picture]From: uppity_woman
2006-03-19 09:37 am (UTC)
oh man. they just gave me a valium and did while i was awake. everyone goes on about how great valium is, but it didn't do a thing for me :/
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[User Picture]From: marshmelococoa
2006-03-19 08:17 am (UTC)
and also, I was down to 95ish pounds with the Crohn's too - before they diagnosed they swore I must have an eating disorder too. And I was 10 and 11 and they thought it necessary to give me a pregnancy test too. seriously. jackasses.

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[User Picture]From: uppity_woman
2006-03-19 08:37 am (UTC)
omg yes. the docs were like, 'are you pregnant?' and i said no. and they were all 'are you sure' and i was like doesn't that require SEX? and then they were like, 'well we are going to give you a test anyway, ok?' whatever! jerks.
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[User Picture]From: marshmelococoa
2006-03-19 08:39 am (UTC)
I suppose the doctors believe in immaculate conception. *eye roll* Sometimes they seriously waste or time and money.
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[User Picture]From: uppity_woman
2006-03-19 08:09 am (UTC)
i know walgreens will add flavoring to kids meds for a small fee. poor baby boy. i can't stand to give mine tyelenol. poor mama too!
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[User Picture]From: no_hdaisy
2006-03-19 03:39 pm (UTC)
That made me cry just reading it. He is so brave. My poor boy!
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[User Picture]From: causedujour
2006-03-19 06:48 pm (UTC)
Is there any way to call the doctor and have them give you a new script for the type of medicine that can be flavored? At the local drugstore here, they offer a choice of flavorings for an additional $2. I'm sitting here in tears. Hugs to you and The Boy. Mean doctors. Brave Boy. Hang in there mom!
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-03-20 03:47 am (UTC)
I remember having to stradle Jenna and actually pinning her down to give her the oral prednisone. It was just horrible for weeks on end.

Hope he gets better soon!

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From: spritzcourt
2006-03-20 08:13 am (UTC)
I hope he feels better soon. I do NOT understand why doctors prescripe meds for kids that they know taste horrible. After the girl's first hospital trip for asthma, they gave her this HORRIBLE prednisone. We had to hold her down, squirt it in, and clamp her mouth shut. I felt like the worst mom EVER. They have other stuff not nearly as bad because she was prescribed that the 2nd time. Why not always???
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[User Picture]From: sitara
2006-03-20 09:44 am (UTC)
*blink* *blink* *tears*

You might want to check on the milk thing. I don't think you are supposed to take milk with antibiotics.

What a beautiful little boy. My little one went through stages of pneumonia at about the same age. I still have the breathing machine (I can't think of the actual name right now) and a ton of albuterol if you want to use it.
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[User Picture]From: sphyr
2006-03-20 10:02 am (UTC)
That's the saddest story I've heard in such a long time - a mother forced to torture her own child for his good. I feel for you. :(
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From: blissonbliss
2006-03-26 09:01 am (UTC)
This is a fabulous post! I just want to hug that little guy. Hope you all made it through with the rest of that stuff and he is back to drawing people with teeth!
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