So, where to start? Tess came down with a gastro flu on Friday night, which was pretty scarey for about 5 hours when she vomiting non-stop, but didn’t turn out to be too bad. She was better by Saturday, but still tired and cranky; by Sunday she was completely revived. Then Chris came down with it on Saturday, he looked very ill indeed. And then Rose came down sick with it on Sunday night, vomiting from about 9pm until 2.30am! I kinda knew all this would be starting with Tess going to day care (children get really sick when they start any kind of childcare because they don’t have immunity to all the bugs that adults have), but gastro has to be the worst.
It’s also bookended a very challenging 3 weeks for us. What with Tess being in hospital, needing follow-up appointments with doctors and ultrasounds and so forth, and my work really heating up now that students are returning, we’re all feeling in need of a holiday. Also, Tess has had a tough time adjusting to day care. She was okayish the first few days (although when I called to check on her they said that she was crying on and off), but the third day was pretty bad. I guess she knew what was coming. They called at about midday to say that she was crying, wouldn’t take a bottle, and wouldn’t sleep, and they wondered what we wanted them to do. Chris went and got her. Fortunately the fourth day was much better, mainly due to my Dad staying with us and spending an hour with her in the morning at day care after drop-off. We’ve been doing shorter days thinking that would be helpful, but we’ve come around to the realisation that it’s better for us to go and spend time with her there. The centre assured us that it was all very normal for kids starting day care, but we can’t help but feel that Tess’s adjustment issues also result from her recent hospital stay. While we were in hospital she cried whenever a nurse came in and she’s generally become fearful of strangers. She is, however, very resiliant and has adjusted really well to a lot of tough situations.
One exciting development is that she’s started walking around with a little trolley! She’s been cruising for ages now (walking around furniture), but this is the first time she’s used an object to “walk”. Her balance is very wobbly, but once that’s improved she’ll be walking in no time.
She had a follow-up with her new pediatrician last week (why we ditched her previous pediatrician is a long story, but it involves him losing her file. And the realisation that we’re going to be spending a lot of time at Sydney Children’s possible and it would be useful to have all our doctors associated with the same hospital.) He was pretty frank about the fact that she has a bad case of renal reflux, and that given she’s had a breakthrough infection she’s a good candidate for surgery. But on the other hand, the ultrasound showed her kidneys are growing appropriately and there aren’t signs of scarring yet. The nuclear scan she has in 3 months will be a better judge of the state of kidneys, though, and after that she’ll be referred to a pediatric urologist for assessment. He also explained that surgery in small children for VUR is not a universally accepted path. There are different opinions on what to do. I really like the way our new doctor goes into all of that. I can handle that complexity. Anyway, we’re on a more stable footing now, ready to handle each thing as it comes along, but we have to very vigilant about signs of infection and if her temp goes up high and she’s vomiting, she has to go to hosptial quickly.
There’s probably hundreds of other things to write about but I’m losing steam. I’ll leave you with a photo of Tess and her grandad. And a link to a short video of Rose dancing at Mardi Gras Fair Day.