Friday, May 22nd, 2015 10:38 am
E was sick at school yesterday with a fever, so I took him to a clinic after work. He has strep. Poor kid. Unfortunately, the timing was horrible since we already had 35 teachers who were going to be out on Friday, and 8 positions were still unfilled because there aren't enough subs, so there was no way on earth I could take the day off to stay home with him. The best I could do is bring him to work with me and try to keep him in my office all day, which would be pretty sucky. But luckily, my mom came to the rescue and drove up from Tyler late last night to watch him today. Thank goodness she could bail me out with this one. *sigh* Have I mentioned yet how much I hate being a single mother?

To make matters worse, E's been getting nosebleeds all week, and this morning right as I was leaving, he got an EPIC nose bleed that took forever to stop. It was like you had turned on a water faucet, but with blood. It was pretty scary. We had mentioned the nosebleeds to the doc and she said that they were probably triggered by allergies, but jeez. I wish there was something more that they could do for him.

She also mentioned that he has a pretty strong heart murmur, which is common and benign in children his age, but we need to keep an eye on it. Great. So after losing my dad and my husband to heart attacks in the last year, I now get this little gem of panic-inducing news.

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 03:55 pm (UTC)
*comforting hug* :(
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC)
If it helps any, I used to get nose bleeds a lot as a kid thanks to the seasonal allergies. If you give him a weak dose of anti-histamines before bed, that might help a bit. Although, the nasal allergy meds seem to work better.

Friday, May 22nd, 2015 04:05 pm (UTC)
~hugs~ Definitely doesn't sound like the greatest day. Hopefully things even out soon!
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 04:07 pm (UTC)
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 04:19 pm (UTC)
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 04:23 pm (UTC)
Ugh, kids are so miserable with strep. So glad your mom could help.

If it's any comfort C also got a lot of nosebleeds and has a heart murmur. Allergy meds did help him quite a bit with the nosebleeds - he takes zyrtec. A humidifier can help too. And a visit to a pediatric cardiologist put our fears to rest, the heart issues he has they said they see all the time and should have no effect. So maybe a visit to an allergist and/or a ped cardiologist would lessen your worries?
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
I agree! A cardiologist is a great idea.
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC)
Yikes, when it rains it pours. *hugs* Hang in there.
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 05:38 pm (UTC)
Your mom is awesome!
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 05:43 pm (UTC)
Lex gets nosebleeds a lot, too.

*hug* I hope things settle soon! Thank goodness for your mom!
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 06:16 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Thinking of you and E and hoping that things get better soon!
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 06:20 pm (UTC)
Hang in there mom. *hug* all sucky but you got this! I had tons of nose bleeds as a kid with the changing seasons. When you said turning on a faucet, yep I know that one. I remember sitting over the bathtub because it would be so epic it was the only way not to make a mess. You've already heard some good advice so I won't repeat it.
As for the heart murmur, something to watch but it really is probably nothing. Common in youngins as their hearts are still developing. (Stupid grin on face as I am learning this in school right now).
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 07:29 pm (UTC)
Ugh ugh ugh.
Thank goodness for your Mom driving up.
Allergies are a major pain even without the nosebleeds. My niece gets nosebleeds too, probably from allergies. I second the zyrtec rec.
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 07:31 pm (UTC)
I'm glad your mom could help you out. Bug hugs!
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 09:39 pm (UTC)
I certainly wouldn't wish being a single mother on anyone. I hope things ease up a bit.

For what it's worth, my daughter gets fewer nosebleeds when she drinks more. I don't know that she has any allergies, but she does get the nosebleeds.
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 10:49 pm (UTC)
*big hugs*
Friday, May 22nd, 2015 11:50 pm (UTC)
I used to ger nosebleeds all the time as a child teen & early 20s. Had it cauterized twice cos it was so bad and it didn't help :/ It stopped happening eventually, and tho annoying wasn't dangerous.
Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 03:32 am (UTC)

Biiig hugs!

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 03:45 am (UTC)
C went through a nosebleed phase. It was horrifying. But it passes.
Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 02:18 pm (UTC)
Jen, I have allergy related nosebleeds on and off and have for most of my life - you just learn to deal with them. Also, I have a low-grade heart murmur that has never been a big issue.

These can be a bit scary when they all pop up at once, but E will be fine. {{{hugs}}}
Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 07:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a Friday. :( Thank god your mom could come and help.
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 09:47 pm (UTC)
You don't know me (but bauhausfrau does). I wanted to try to help reassure you: when I was growing up, I ALSO had emergency room dimension nose bleeds & a heart murmur. My parents dosed me with lots of vitamin C; whether that helped or not, they eventually did stop (Allergies? That's a new one on me & was not the cause of mine - no cause was ever found, unless it was actually a vitamin C deficiency). One caveat: anything that shrinks nasal passages will only agitate the problem; I had a cold a few years ago & was trying to "dry out" & induced an epic nosebleed that made me "reverse nostalgic" for my childhood. I can well imagine how worried you are, and could not stand to sit by & say nothing when I might be able to give you some reassurance!