Friday, July 11, 2008

Never thought I'd say it

Today MM went to the doctor just to check out the status of her illness. I had prepared myself for the absolute worst situation (ever the eternal optimist, aren't I?). I won't bore you with all the symptoms she displayed over the last week. The doctor believes that it is not a GBS relapse. He actually thinks that it is mono. I never thought I would be relieved that my child had mono, but here we are!

She has such a fear of the doctor's office (the initial GBS attack started her fear) of course, I did what any stressed out mom would do----I totally bribed her with a baby Disney Princess toy.

So we go into the room and she sits down, looks up at the doc, and says, "If I do exactly what you tell me to do, I get a surprise. So what do I need to do?"

That's my girl, precisely to the point. Never have to wonder what she is thinking. Don't know where she gets it?

Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes. I needed some sweet comments!:)


Lori said...

glad to hear it's not what you thought. Just think if it is mono you'll have a very sleepy little girl.

I had mono in HS while it isn't fun it's doable

LG said...

Thank GOD! I was so worried!

Betsy said...

Really? Mono?? I've never heard of that in such a little girl! I'm glad it's not what you thought!

Tranny Head said...

So - I had to search "GBS" on your blog to make sure you were talking about what I thought you were talking about. Believe it or not, I HAD GBS as a kid! When I was about 10. I had it bad, too - I was in the Pediatric ICU for weeks hooked up to a breathing machine because I was totally paralyzed except for half of my face. At the time, the plasmaphoresis (sp?) they tried on me was an experimental procedure, though now it's used as a matter of course. I'm in the medical books! Hooray!

Anyway, the point of me telling you this is that you should know that living a perfectly normal life is entirely possible post-GBS. I have no ill effects even though I had such a severe case except for lingering sciatica due to some scar tissue forming on my nerve. I don't even think about it at all.

I know it's hard, but you gotta try to get her beyond it and not worry about having relapses. I think my mom made it worse for me as a kid by being perpetually overprotective after I had GBS and always thinking I was going to have some freaky medical condition. You just gotta treat her as normal.

Anyway, glad she's all right!

Leigh Ann said...

I'm glad the scenario is much better than what you were expecting. That's a blessing. I hope she gets feeling better quick! And, hey, a little bribery never hurts. I'm all about whatever works, especially when going to the doctor! :)

Tranny Head said...

Ok - so - I suck and am leaving this as a comment instead of an email because . . . well . . I'm dumb and can't find your email. My email is trannyhead@gmail . . . if you want more details.

Anyway - in answer to your questions. First, you said it was unusual for MM b/c she was so young . . . heh - I think it's unusual for ANYBODY! No matter what the age. But yes, her age is unusual.

Now - do I demonstrate any weakness with a cold or virus? Nope. My mom might have said otherwise when I was a kid, but I think a lot of that was her projecting. I really think the more she'd freak out that I was going to have GBS again, the worse it was. By that I mean that my symptoms of anything I had always seemed worse the more freaked out she got . . . I really believe I just let her project stuff onto me.

Now that I'm old enough to live outside of the range of her freak-out, I realize how perfectly normal and healthy I actually am.

Oh - I will also say - I was totally paralyzed except for one half of my face. Oddly, that half of my face that was paralyzed is now slightly *VERY SLIGHTLY* slower to react than the other side. It's weird and totally not noticeable to anybody but my neurologist (and me if I look into a mirror). And, like I said, I have sciatica in my left leg which DID get better over time but never went away. Except, weirdly, when I was pregnant. Then I had no sciatica. But as soon as I delivered it came back.

Anyway - please feel free to email me any questions you may have. I can reassure you that your child IS going to go on to live a perfectly 100% normal and healthy life! Oh - and reiterate the fact that the less freaking out you do the better it will be for her!

Tranny Head said...

Oh - and PS - it DID take a long time (years) for my muscular strength to return to normal. I got sick in May and was in the hospital from May until the 4th of July. I returned to school that fall with a walking cane.

Before I got GBS, I used to ride horses and I didn't want to start again because it hurt my legs for a long time after. Though now? Again - perfectly normal level of muscular strength and control.

Jamie said...

Glad to hear that your little is doing better.

CC said...

I've been gone for a long time and am just catching up...

Glad she doesn't have anything really bad! And great that she is getting mono out of the way now instead of missing weeks and weeks of college like 1/2 of my friends!

Misty said...

Thinking of you a LOT these days.

LaskiGal said...

Wow . . . Tranny's comments. That's good stuff.

Hope things are improving.

And MM is AWESOME!! She is so witty and cool. I adore her . . .

Jennifer said...

not that i want her to be ill at all, but i'm glad to hear that it is something other than your worst thoughts. mono is something that can just go away... at least i think it is. but i know it takes some time to get of your system... so i hope MM is starting to feel much better soon!

my thoughts and prayers are still with all of you!!