Friday, October 17, 2008

Calling On Your Knowledge and Experience

Ok, I know I left you all hanging after my last blog. And I still owe you the Police Escort story. I promise, I haven't forgotten.
But I've got something else that takes presidence. How do you spell that?
I need your medical advice...............

Beware - this is not for the queasy! :) WARNING WARNING WARNING - Not for the faint of stomach!
Also, if you are not a parent but may want to be one someday - you may not want to read this. It's gross. Parenting is not all flowers, sunshine, and smiling clean babies. Shock of all shocks!

Yes, it's Sammy again. Poor kid, if it's not one thing it's another! BH, in general he is a healthy kid. Just has small issues that seem to come up constantly. The latest one has me stumped. Yes, I do plan on taking him to the doctor but we aren't home and may not be able to get him in until Monday. Unless we go see someone here up north.

He's had a rough time since we got here fighting all the new germs. But the latest one is diarrhea and vomiting. But no other symptoms.

First time he vomited was maybe 2 weeks ago after he had just gotten over a week and half of being sick (fever, cold, virus). He didn't have a fever or anything - just woke up in the middle of the night and vomited everywhere!!

He has had diarrhea now for about 2 weeks - really bad! But no other symptoms. Then he came down with a slight cold and was just about over it. But Monday night he woke up at 3am and vomited! No fever, no other symptoms, and went right back to sleep. I blamed it on mucus drainage after the cold.
Next day he acted totally normal. Cold was all better and everything.
Tuesday night, he woke up at 5:30am and threw up again! No fever, no other symptoms, and went right back to sleep.
Wednesday, he acted fine. A friend suggested maybe he was dehydrated due to all the diarrhea. That seemed to make sense so we made sure to give him LOTS to drink that evening. We also bought some natural drops to help the diarrhea. They wouldn't sell us the "Kal Beten" (kids Pepto Bismo) without a doctors prescription (because of his young age). Wednesday night we were back home and he slept through the night, no vomiting or anything.
Today, Thursday, he acted fine but he woke up about at about 2 am and threw up. Twice. Same as the others, no fever, no other symptoms, went right back to sleep.

So - what the HECK????????

Now if I were Dr. House,I would set up my white board and figure these variables.

Symptoms: Vomiting and Diarrhea

Possible Causes: Dehydration, perhaps lactose intolerance?, what else?

Differentials: May not have had milk before bed on Wednesday night, may have rehydrated on Wednesday

Reasons why it may not be the potential causes: If he were dehydrated, wouldn't he have other symptoms? Like lethargy? And why would he just throw up at night?
He has never been lactose intolerant before, could it happen so suddenly?

So? Has anyone had experience with this? Any suggestions? Ideas? Solutions? Other things I may be missing and should be looking for?

Once again, I do plan on taking him to the doctor but things are different here..... I do not want them to tell me it's a virus and send me home!!!

Well, I will keep you all posted! I'm really hoping we get to the bottom of this. There is only so much vomit I can handle. Truth is, Shu has been the real hero here and been the clean up crew! I can deal with the sick kid and cleaning him up but the vomit on the floor and the sheets and everywhere else, I just can't handle. It makes me want to puke. I am still queasy and this was more than an hour ago! Which doesn't make sense to me. I used to be an EMT. I dealt with blood, guts, and gore...... I saw a man who shot himself in the head!! And saw his brain matter and all other sorts of nastiness on the floor. I didn't throw up then!!! And now my own child is vomiting and I am totally totally grossed out! That is one department where I do NOT win Best Mommy Award!!

Thanks for reading.............I'll try for a better post next time!!!! But, I did warn you at the beginning!!


concernedjewgirl said...

yup, fo sho don't want any of that!

now: 1. could it be related to the nasty mushroom that he had on top of his head before you left USA?
2. Could it be a concussion?
3. Has he been eating a lot of fatty foods? Maybe its from the oils?
4. Maybe its the Israeli Milk...that is making him lactose intolerant?
5. Maybe he can't eat gluten's?

I'm sorry about him being sick :(
Hope he recovers soon!

DonutsMom said...

Here's my response:
1. Shouldn't be related to head thing because that's all cleared up.

2. Wouldn't there be other signs of a concussion?

3. Perhaps the oily fatty foods could do it. Although he is still pretty picky.

4. Is Israeli milk so different that it could make someone lactose intolerant?

5. Glutens? Could that happen suddenly?

My issue with it being a food related allergy is A - this would be something totally new! B - Would it cause him to only throw up at night?

How do I test him for such things?

Anonymous said...

steve's mom:
1- boil all water
2- j says parasite? sounds good to me
3- misses USA, move back

heidi said...

Hi there... Avi (my 4 year old) went through something very similar last year. We never officially got to the bottem of it, but we believe it did have to do with the post nasal drip... Then we found that once he threw-up once, he had a hard time stopping, which did lead to dehydration. Avi also has horrible seasonal allergies, which would maybe also explain when this has been happening to him since you moved... Maybe his system just needs to readjust. Sorry not much help, but Avi's mystery puking did eventually pass.

Olah Chadasha said...

I'm going to guess it has something to do with adjusting to the new types of food and Israeli water. Everyone is different in adjusting to it. You might want to ask the doctor about giving him probiotics to improve his gut's ability to deal with the new bacteria and germs that Israeli food and water are introducing into his system. Israel is more European in the sense that they tend to believe a lot more in alternative medicines than in the States.

If he's having some issues adjusting to the water, a good way to slowly introduce him to it is to boil it with a kettel for a little while and then slowly introduce regular tap water to him.

I hope he feels better soon!

AP said...

i think heidi's comment makes the most sense. have you spoken to the ped? what did he/she say?

on another note: you need to get blogging more, girlfriend!! we dont necessarily need long posts, just quick one-paragraph-ers with thoughts or snapshots of your new life and adjustment would be awesome! we want to know what's going on in your life, even if you dont have time for a day-by-day, hour-by-hour account! c'mon now - get blogging - we know you have lots to say! :)

miss you lots,

- mrs ap