I don't even know where to start. There are so many emotions running around right now. My brain is just swimming...
*Aspen has a UTI so she's on an antibiotic. She HATES medicine so it's very hard to get her to keep it in her mouth. The doctor just changed her meds so now she takes twice as much...blah.
*Because of Anthony's kidney issues Aspen now has to have an ultrasound of her kidneys to check out their formation...and one step past that...she also has to have what is called a VCUG where they use a catheter to push dye into her bladder then watch as it's voided through her kidneys and such. It's going to be terribly traumatic for all of us. She can't eat before she goes...and they're going to strap her down.
*Aspen has been wearing her band for a little over 11 weeks now. Originally they said 10-12 weeks, now it looks like more of 16 or so. But it changes every time we go....every two weeks we're driving to Charlotte.
*Lincoln has been coughing since before Christmas. Nothing they can do about it, probably just a virus. But he's on a second z-pak for any possible infection since the cough has been around so long. Snot is running out his nose like water.
*Both kids have a fever of 101.3. Guessing they're sharing whatever virus one of them picked up. So on top of antibiotics it's also motrin for everyone.
*Anthony has been sickly this week, just not feeling well...coughing and snotting.
*Shawn is not a potential kidney donor anymore. He was tested Tuesday and they found he had a kidney stone so now he's not a candidate.
*I can't go to breastfeeding support group because both kids have a fever, and I'm nice enough to keep my kids home when they're sick instead of sharing germs with everyone else.
I'm just so tired. I'm tired of my beautiful baby girl having her head covered up all the time by this stupid helmet. I want to have my normal baby back. I want to put her headbands back on, I want people not to stare at me every time we walk out of the house. I don't want to hear people say "awww" when they look at her...I know it's out of pity because they don't know what to say. Just be quiet! I'm tired of this terrible thing called dialysis and the time it steals from us. Two hours a day are wasted by having to exchange fluids that Anthony's bum kidneys can't filter. So he can't pick up the kids, he can't help me in the kitchen, he can't even stand up for half that time. I'm SOOO tired of driving to Charlotte. My poor Saturn Vue just turned over 100K!! Now my poor baby has even more doctor's appointments and will be invaded even more. This new thing is going to be awful. All because there's a family history of kidney disease...so now she's going to be strapped down while dye is shoved inside her so the doctors can see if there's any reflux in the kidney. Plus we have to have a renal ultrasound done. Plus she has a "normal" baby well check coming up. Now both kids are on antibiotics, Lincoln's taking cough medicine, and both are taking something for fever. Who knows how much sleep we'll get tonight with both of them feeling sickly. I'm tired of being in doctor's offices, I'm tired of wiping snotty noses, I'm tired of forcing medicine into Aspen's mouth that she just wants to spit back at me. I'm tired of listening to Lincoln cough so much he wakes himself up. Now Anthony doesn't have a possible donor anymore. Poor Shawn was heartbroken, too. I mean, maybe the hospital will call someone else, but that hasn't been the case yet. Hopefully one of his other potential donors will also be tested and will match. I have to admit our families were already making plans...if Shawn was a match we were going to wait until the summer when Misty was off from school. We already thought it through. Sigh...
I know there are a lot of people out there who have it much worse off than I do. I am fully aware that there are terrible things happening around the world. But right now, this night...I have a right to be overwhelmed. I have a right to my emotions. I have the right to share my mind with the world, whether they want to listen or not. It just feels like so much all at one time. The saying goes that when it rains, it pours. And I have to say I'm drowning over here.