Click… Click… Click…

Shhhhhhhhh…

Listen very carefully.

Do you hear that???

Do you feel that???

It’s the sound of the roller coaster, the feeling of moving up that several hundred feet to top over to the drop off.

I’m almost there, my friends.  To the drop off point.

Did I mention how much I seriously H.A.T.E. roller coasters?  Like LOATHE them with all my being?

Yet, here I sit.  In the front seat.  Pretty certain the shoulder harness is broken.

But that’s what life’s like when you have kids, right?  We’re all out here writing about the ups and downs, the topsy turvys, the loop -de-loops.

Tomorrow we will hopefully be given some answers.  Yes, these answers will start us spiraling down that drop off.  But hopefully there will be a lovely rainbow at the end of the ride.

We meet with the neuro-optometrist tomorrow to get the results of all of Eli’s vision testing.  He completed the final round last Friday with the vision specialist who will actually be doing any interventions that he may need.  Plus side??  Eli loved her!  He was so excited about the “games” he got to play with her.  She really made this stuff fun for him and I have an idea about how hard it had to have been.  He’s actually excited to go back if he needs to.

We also meet with the ENT tomorrow.  Remember when I mentioned that Keegan’s not been sleeping through the night for far too long now?  I talked it over with the pediatrician.  He wanted to order a sleep study.  My honey’s not very keen on that idea as a starting point.  She works at a sleep lab so she oughta know.  So we’re starting with the ENT to see if he needs his tonsils and adenoids out.  If so, we’ve been through the procedure with Eli when he was 4 so we’re old pros at this.  Keegan is nervous but has been talking to Eli a lot about it and seems to be feeling better.

If tonsils and adenoids aren’t the issue then we’re hoping to try medication for reflux to see if that helps.  Keegan will occasionally vomit in the middle of the night.  Just one time.  No fever.  No other symptoms.  Just a lot of vomit and then he’s all better.  It’s quite possible that he has some reflux issues that wake him up at night and that medication could fix that.

If all else fails then we do the study.  We’ve talked with him about it already.  We’ve told him all the options and explained each of them in detail.  He told me today that he wasn’t happy about any of the choices but that he would do them if I really wanted him to.

I feel like a good parent and a bad parent all rolled into one.  I know we’re doing what’s best for Keegan but I also feel like I’m getting ready to put him in the front seat of that crazy ass roller coaster with me.  And, damn, if the kid doesn’t completely hate heights!

So we’ll start the rides tomorrow.  And we’re planning lots of fun for the weekend to make up for the crazy that is sure to ensue.

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About Brotherly Love

I am a mom, partner, teacher and a lover of life. I have two fabulous boys who define my life as I know it. One of my children has been diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder, Asperger's and anxiety disorder. I blog as much about him as I do about my life and the lives of my immediate family.
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3 Responses to Click… Click… Click…

  1. Kate says:

    Parenthood, a roller coaster, often blindfolded. You never know when you hit the top. Or the bottom. Or the loops. But this ride is one I would choose again.

    Good luck with all the crazy!

  2. How wonderful that the eye exams are fun for Eli! One small step for holding on to sanity! I hope the doctor’s finds are better than you even dared to hope for.

    Is Keegan frightened when he wakes at night, vomiting? That sounds terrifying to me. But I suppose he’d choke on it if he didn’t wake up, so shouldn’t that be fixed before the sleep fix comes (asked the armchair quarterback.) One of my grandsons had horrible sleep issues and went to several specialists. He also had stomach issues. The result was that they eventually took him off dairy products and gave him the prescribed sleeping meds until he developed a sleep pattern, then weaned him from it. All of which has nothing at all to do with Keegan except to reassure you that there are answers out there somewhere…!

    You must be exhausted.

  3. Elastamom says:

    I love roller coasters…but only the real ones, not these crazy life ones!! Thinking of you and hoping for the rainbow.

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