Boy, oh boy, what a week we have had…
If you aren’t interested in a reflux update, scroll down to the bonus story at the bottom! You won’t want to miss this one!
Lately, we have been seeing some troubling reflux symptoms – especially waking up at night screaming (for 5 nights in a row!). Every time something like this happens, it’s so hard to tell what is going on. Did he eat some new food that bothered him? He ate a chocolate chip cookie at Target and I was thrilled! Then, he woke up screaming that night. I blamed it on the cookie. Then, he had another cookie a few days later, and seemed to have no negative reactions to that one. So basically, it is very difficult at best to figure out what is going on with him!
I have been thinking about getting allergy testing done on all three boys. Aidan has seasonal allergies and dark circles under his eyes, Gresham has persistent eczema, and Owen has his reflux issues. However, Owen has had a blood test done for allergies, and he tested negative on everything. So, the other day, I went over to ask my next-door neighbor about allergy testing. He is a chiropractor, and I thought he might know about conventional testing vs. more holistic approaches. He did, and he also said that chiropractic treatment might really help Owen. If Owen has any vertebrae that are out of alignment, they could be putting pressure on the nerves to his digestive tract, which could cause digestive problems. His saying this reminded me that a friend of ours had gone to a chiropractor who has had good success treating reflux, so we decided to give it a try!
I called the chiropractor on Monday morning, and they were able to get us in for that afternoon! The only open time was 2:45 (nap time), but I figured that with a little luck, we could move naptime up earlier and be all set for the appointment!
We needed to leave at 2:10 to get there on time to fill out the new patient paperwork.
At 2:15, we were still putting on our shoes.
At 2:20, I realized that I had turned the computer off without looking up directions to the chiropractic office. No problem, I called my friend who had recommended this office. While on the phone, Gresham had a coughing attack (he has a bad cold right now) and proceeded to throw up all over the kitchen in several spots. I cleaned it all up (while finishing my phone conversation – multitasking!!) and quickly changed Gresham’s clothes, grabbed Owen out of bed, and rushed everyone to the van. There was a smidge of throw up on the carpet, but I only had time to wipe it real quick before we left. But we made it to the chiropractor only a few minutes late!
The chiropractor’s office had a great waiting room with a toy basket, and I figured that since kids don’t come to this office with strep and the flu and who knows what else, I’d let the kids actually play with the toys.
We started Owen’s evaluation, and he was still in my lap for 3.2 seconds. Every time I put him down to try to hear the nice chiropractor talk, he went straight for some piece of medical equipment to play with. Finally, I sent the big boys out to the waiting room to grab a couple of toys, like maybe some books.
They came back with a ball and a frisbee.
They were foam, but were a ball and a frisbee nonetheless. Gresham threw the frisbee across the room. I gave him “the look.”
He looked back at me with a face that said, “I see your look and raise you an act of blatant defiance” as he threw the frisbee across the room again.
The chiropractor assured us that they have kids come in all the time, and that they are very kid friendly, but it was not hard to imagine what she was probably really thinking… Fortunately, the exam did not take long, and we were soon on our way home (by way of the grocery store).
At the grocery store, Gresham figured that since he was already in trouble, he might as well get as much as he could out of it. The checker actually asked me, “Did you know he’s kicking your other son – really hard!”
Yes, I know. We are just trying to pay and get out of here!
Today, we went back to the chiropractor to start treatment on Owen. And we brought Daddy along this time! The chiropractor said that Owen has a couple of subluxations (vertebrae out of place) that if fixed, will hopefully help clear up his digestive issues. Unfortunately, our insurance is not going to pay, so we are looking at a hefty price for this treatment. We are still praying about what to do, but we do feel like it is worth a try if God provides the money. Jordan has a part-commission type of job, so it’s very possible for God to provide a large sale that would give us the money for the visits.
One option to free up some cash would be to get off the expensive ($300 per month) formula he is on now. We are going to try goat’s milk this weekend and see if he is able to tolerate that. It’s expensive, but not nearly as bad as Alimentum!
And now, a Bonus Story for those of you who have made it this far!!!
Owen is into everything. EVERYTHING. We have to keep the bathroom doors shut at all times because he likes to get into soap and toothpaste. He also likes to put his hands in the toilet. On Tuesday afternoon, I sent Aidan to wash his hands, and then called him back to tell him something. When Aidan returned to the bathroom, Owen was in there scooping up water out of the toilet with the tooth brushing cup and DRINKING IT. And furthermore, Gresham had forgotten to flush (just pee)! (again!) The bathroom floor was soaked and Owen’s clothes were soaked. This may have set a record for grossest parenting moment!
One day this story will be funny… One day this story will be funny…