Thursday, October 18, 2007

She's back in school

Sophie's pediatrician consulted with the neurologist Monday, and they put her on prednisone. Not sure if it's helping or if it's just the vertigo running its course (today is day 10), but she seems to be getting better.

I took her to school this morning for her school pictures, even though she woke up dizzy and I was pretty sure she wasn't going to be okay today. We got to school at 9 a.m., and she was able to walk slowly to her classroom, which is a long way. She wasn't dizzy that whole time. And then we walked to where they were taking pictures--still okay. Walked back to her classroom, and her teacher calmly took her hand and led her to her desk--all the while Ms. K. is still teaching the class--and she got out Sophie's crayon box, sat her down at her desk, and then kept teaching.

I gave the assistant teacher my phone numbers and then quietly left the room. Sophie didn't even notice I had left. I watched her from the door for a few minutes and she seemed okay.

Leaving her there is the right thing to do (even though I'm worried about her still), and I know her teachers will watch her closely. I'm picking her up right after school and not letting her stay in after-school day care like usual, unless I get there and she tells me she's okay and wants to stay.

We have an appointment with her neurologist on November 7th. He comes down to Evansville a couple times a month and we are lucky to get in to see him.

Jess, it could be dietary. We just aren't sure. We haven't been tracking her diet or anything, and I'll be asking the neurologist about that when we see him. They aren't "normal" migraines and they are so infrequent that it's hard to detect a pattern. I had migraines when I was a kid but they were fairly infrequent and I didn't get medicine for them or see the doctor about them, just suffered through. So we at least know they are hereditary.

Pokey, she's 6 and a half.

Thank you all for your concern and support. It really means so much.

I gave myself my own advice this morning-- it takes a lot of mental and physical energy to focus on diet and exercise, and all my energy is going to this situation right now. So I'm giving myself a break about not being "good" on my diet and not running. I'll get back to it soon. And thankfully, my weight is staying steady at 155, so I'm not doing any major damage (even though I had a bowl of Fruit Loops yesterday and an ice cream cone and about 10 mini chocolate chip cookies--it was a REALLY bad day yesterday).

Hopefully tonight I can get in a run, if Sophie stays feeling better. And definitely will tomorrow, since my Mom comes down on Fridays and keeps the kids in the afternoons.

One bright spot-- I got a call yesterday from LA Weight Loss. They are using my Before & After pictures for their booth at a women's expo that's going on today. I felt pretty good about that, especially since my after picture turned out so nicely.


Lori said...

I'm so glad Sophie is feeling somewhat better. Maybe a food diary might be a good thing to tackle (and you might look and see if there is some sort of lighting on tv/computers/etc. that may be triggering it).

In the scheme of things, an ice cream cone, some mini cookies, etc. is not going to throw you off the tracks. You're aware that you're doing it and you're aware that you're under a lot of stress. So go and sin no more, my child! :-)

I think it's awesome that you are the poster child for the LA Weight Loss booth. How exciting! I hope you have a good day and no phone calls from school.

Grumpy Chair said...

I was so glad to see your post and Sophie going back to school. I hope you get some answers soon.

That is totally awesome about the Before and After pics for LA Weight Loss. I know one day I'm gonna be standing in line at the grocery store and you will be on the cover of Women's World.

I will give myself permission to buy that issue.

Hope Sophie has a better day. Hang in there.

Tigerlilly said...

I'm glad to hear that Sophie is doing so much better! It is so scarry when your baby is sick. Mine get a cold and I am worried sick! LOL ...

I have no doubt you will be back on track in no time... after all.. your Superwoman right? Your not?? Damn.. I was hoping for some flying lessons! Anyway.. focus on your baby for now.. soon enough it will be back to the pavement!

Oh.. and congrats on being a poster child.. you'll have to post those pics for us to see too!!


Jess said...

Well, that sounds like a great deal of progress. It is certainly hard to understand what could trigger such episodes when they are infrequent and unpredicatable. Hopefully the specialist will be able to help provide you with some comprehensive answers. Sometimes, the not knowing about something is just as frustrating/scary as dealing with the reality of it.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

OH that's such good news. She is at least on the other side of it now. I hope you can get some answers. They certainly aren't typical. Hang in there, Mom. There are answers out there.

How cool to be a poster child (for something good!) :D GOOD For YOU!!

ws said...

glad to hear that Sophie is feeling a bit better and able to go back to school now. though, if I were her age I certainly wouldn't want to go back to school.

The before-after pictures must be really satisfying for you - it is great to see those changes in print...

send me your email and I can send over the pictures that I took off the blog...
gw2000-wendy AT

Debbi said...

I'll add my good wishes for Sophie's continued progress, and let's hope it doesn't happen again any time soon.

Isn't it odd that no matter how successful we've been at changing our food routine, we still want to be comforted by food when life goes awry. At least you haven't done any damage.

Good to see a post from you today.

Marcy said...

And add yet another one to the well wish list! I'm glad she's feeling on the up. I can only imagine what an ordeal this has been for all of you. (((HUGS))) I hope you all get the answers you need ;D