Do You Consider Yourself/Child Healthy Except for PA?

Posted on: Sun, 03/25/2001 - 7:14am
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pDo you consider yourself/your child healthy other than PA?/p
pMy PA son also has asthma and seems susceptible to catching any possible virus that is going around. However, he has never had measles, mumps, rubella or the chicken pox./p
pHe also has environmental allergies which I control with Claritin daily./p
pNow, if I compare him to my daughter, non-PA, he would seem to be less healthy than my daughter. My daughter weighs more than her brother even though she is 21 months /
When Jesse gets a flu, he can lose up to 4 lbs. almost immediately. So, at these times I do consider him not healthy./p
pHowever, having said all of that, and compared to the ailments that he could have, I would say that yes, I do consider my PA child healthy except for the addition of asthma./p
p(Of course, I raise this question because the questionnaire for the life insurance from Gerber bases their decision on whether or not your child is "healthy" - I am interested to see what their definition of healthy actually is, but I'm also interested in what OUR definitions of healthy are)./p
pBest wishes! [img][/img]/p

Posted on: Sun, 03/25/2001 - 8:02am
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Joined: 12/26/2000 - 09:00

I wish I could say that I consider my child healthy. Unfortunately, even though he seems so (aside from the severe eczema and allergies) that may not be the case. He has never had a well baby check-up where he was actually well.There has been at least three or four thing wrong. (Ex: 1 month checkup - conjuctivitis & blocked tear duct, thrush, and a bacterial, viral, & fungal infection -only explanation - weak immune system) We are taking him to our Children's Hospital Friday for the beginning of some testing. The thought of it all breaks my heart... biopsies, blood work, who knows what else. But maybe it'll provide some much needed answers. It may all come out that the testing was for nothing and Stephen is nothing more than a severely atopic child. At first since the doctors differ on the need for the testing, I was against it, but I realized in the long run. I would much rather have it done and all results come back negative than to not do the testing and have needed it done. I know it's hard for any parent to face tests for their children, but I think it's especially hard knowing Stephen will almost be 8 months old and there is no way to explain any of it to him. (I guess the only consolation is that he won't remember it when he is older.) Sorry I think I started rambling somewhere.

Posted on: Sun, 03/25/2001 - 8:11am
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blackmoss, your post broke my heart. I do so feel for you and your family. I hope everything turns out well and that you get your much needed answers. I know that it will be excruciating for you to watch Stephen go through the testing. When Jesse was about a year old, he was very orange on his feet and hands and we had to have to him checked because the doctor thought he wasn't absorbing beta carotene properly (as it turns out, right now, both of my children look slightly orange and I have to have it checked again). When it came to him having his blood work done, I actually sent my DH in to hold his arm. It's 4 years later and I have been through two anaphylactic reactions and two asthma attacks with him so I am much better equipped to deal with different stuff now.
Also, as far as remembering. My son had to be re-circumcised at the age of 7 months. He was put completely under for the operation (unlike the first time, of course). I imagine that he was in some pain afterward as we were prescribed liquid codeine to give him. But, if I ask Jesse to-day about it, he doesn't remember a thing.
He asked me the other day why he couldn't remember being a baby. I explained to him that most people don't remember being a baby.
I think my earliest memory goes back to about 3 years of age.
How did you manage to find out Stephen was PA at such a young age?
I do hope everything works out okay. You know that you can count on all of us here to offer you the support, caring, comfort and concern that you need as you go through this.
Don't allow yourself to do it alone (or with your DH only) if you don't have to. Come in and tell us and we'll be here for you.
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Sun, 03/25/2001 - 3:15pm
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Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

Cindy, this is off topic but just wanted to share... Logan was re-circumcised just before he turned 3 and now at 4 1/2 he has no memory of it either (yea!) [img][/img]

Posted on: Sun, 03/25/2001 - 3:42pm
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rebekah, how did the re-circumcision "thing" come about with you? I had Jesse circumcized when he was born. Here, you now have to pay to have this done. $200.00. Fine. I thought everything was okay. What do I know about such things? Anyway, my DH, as Jesse was just getting a little older, when he changed him, he said would say "that doesn't look right". Again, what do I know about such things? So, when he had to see the family doctor for something, we had the doctor check him and the doctor said that Jesse had not been circumcized. So, we had to arrange to have it re-done. You would not believe the angst this caused my DH. He was SO concerned that there would be a scar or something offputting about this body part because it had had to be "done" twice! LOL!
Actually, I should ask him to now re-check his son and see if he thinks he has been scarred for life in more ways than one! Again, LOL! Men!
Best wishes! [img][/img]

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2001 - 1:39am
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Joined: 09/17/2000 - 09:00

Hmmm. Tough question. Had you asked me this a couple of years ago, I'd have said NO! Now... pretty much.
He has other food allergies and I think some enviromental ones, as well as a band-aid adhesive allergy (would that be considered enviromental?), so we have reactions from SOMETHING a lot. Most are very minor reactions though. Maybe a few hives or some itchy, watery eyes. Not a big deal. He does swell if he is in the sun for more than say 20min or so, so that's a bummer. And he is extremely short for his age, but his weight for his height is good (finally! he was FTT for awhile as an infant). He's been clenching his teeth together an awful lot the last month or so and I'm wondering if it could be a sign of something, but all in all he's pretty healthy I guess.
His sister however... we are just beginning to delve into the allergy world with her and I'm hoping that the journey will explain and eliminate many of her problems. Her eczema already has been virtually wiped out simply by removing milk from her diet. The shiners, nose probs, and the low weight however are still here. As are some major behavior problems (allergy related??). She too is extremely short for her age, but her weight is not as good as Matt's, so that's a concern.
It's odd. Even as late as last year, I considered Matt to be my "sick kid", meaning he had more various problems than Meagan and more often...or at least I thought. Now that I'm better informed on different things and we've eliminated a few things from his diet, it's become obvious that Meagan is now the "sick kid". I wish they could inform me BEFORE they start switching roles so that I know to be watching for things. lol

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2001 - 2:33am
Mir's picture
Joined: 02/12/2001 - 09:00

This is the sort of question that really gets me thinking....
Isaac has always been my "delicate" kid. I've never really thought of him as unhealthy but I do find myself referring to him as delicate or sensitive a lot. He had reflux and colic as a baby... has always had various skin problems (much improved these days)... has always had strong likes/dislikes/reactions to various foods... and now we're beginning to wonder if he might have mild asthma. But he's had one ear infection and one stomach bug in his whole 14 months, so I've always thought of him as being pretty healthy. My daughter has been sick much more often than he although since she has never had a chronic issue (such as he has) I view her as much hardier. In writing it all out, it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense!!
Not-very-logical Miriam

Posted on: Wed, 03/28/2001 - 3:24am
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Joined: 03/03/2001 - 09:00

My son Ryan has suffered with Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, and has had pneumonia 2X in the last three years to go along with the PA and TNA. It used to break my heart to watch him sit with the Nebulizer mask over his face struggling to breathe with bronchitis. The Doctor's told us that he would struggle with these things until his immune system grew stronger. I was skeptical but hopeful and luckily they seem to be right.
This winter Ryan had bronchitis maybe twice vs. six to eight times the previous years and did not contract pneumonia at all. The time spent on the Nebulizer (he calls it the machine) and on Anti-Biotics was probably one tenth what it was in years past. I don't think we are out of the woods yet, but I think we are moving in the right direction.
Bottom line, PA and TNA seem to run parallel with other health issues like Asthma, etc. But there is hope that as our kids grow older and stronger, their immune systems get better at fighting back.

Posted on: Wed, 03/28/2001 - 1:54pm
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Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

Hi Cindy [img][/img]
Well, we had Logan circumcised at birth and it looked fine. Then his foreskin grew back a little bit and re-connected in some spots (called penile adhesions). This didn't bother me and I had no plans to do anything about it. Then, he got this little fiberous growth which connected the tip to the shaft. It wouldn't stretch and that could have become problematic as you might imagine. Then as he grew, the growth didn't and began to hurt him. The doctor said he could just snip through the growth (it was only attached on the ends) in the office, but we both felt it would be too traumatic. The doctor told me that in order to justify anesthesia he would go ahead and "clean up his circumcision" at the same time.
Logan's penis does have a scar going around it where the stitches were. I didn't expect stitches by the way. My dad likes to joke and say Logan will definitely beat the other boys in the locker room game of whose scar is the worst (coolest) LOL!

Posted on: Thu, 03/29/2001 - 12:01am
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Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

Rebekah - your last post cracked me up - that is SUCH a guy thing (and, as the mother of 2 boys, I really have to get used to that sort of stuff!).
I'm afraid to put the hex on by saying this, but yes, I consider Kevin healthy. I never thought I would be able to say this because his first years were really rough.

Posted on: Thu, 03/29/2001 - 6:46am
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Joined: 11/29/2000 - 09:00

I do consider Nick healthy.(knock wood) Over the last 12 months I have given him Albuterol 4 times for problems wheezing with an URI. He rarely has a temp. He has had the GI flu 1 time in his life but my other son had it also. Boy, was that a good time!!
I remember a doctor telling me "one cold a month till age 5" I don't think he even gets that many. He's never had an ear infection.
He does get his feelings hurt more easily than my non pa son, but Nick is also a more right brained type of child. He's left handed, can color for hours and notices details of things that Luke and I would miss. Believe me he is a breath of fresh air to have around. Kim


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