Friday, October 17, 2008

Happy. Um, Fall Break?

Friday. Second full day of Fall Break. What are we doing today? Not the hiking near the Illinois River. What did we do yesterday? Not the museums. So what did we do? Let me tell you.

Wednesday night, around midnight, Maybelline came downstairs complaining that her upper abdomen hurt. She had this happen a couple of times about two weeks after school started, the band of muscles just under her rib cage hurting fiercely. Sharp pains, like a pulled muscle. Took her to the doctor, who said as much. She'd been in PE for two weeks at that point and was working HARD. Lots of crunches and such. It really hasn't happened again in over a month. But Wednesday night she'd been at the Y, doing crunches. After eating pizza. Before eating ice cream.

She took something for the pain. It didn't work. Tried a relaxing bath. Did everything we knew, including ice, heat, hands above the head and walking, standing, lying down - it continued to worsen. She wasn't panicking (something mercifully new), but it wasn't getting better. Then she threw up. A lot. And it still didn't get better.

At this point it's one AM. She went to sleep on the couch, I grabbed a blanket and hunkered down in a nearby chair. When I say she slept on the couch? She lay on the couch, writhing in pain. With a five gallon pickle bucket nearby. Threw up every 30 to 45 minutes the entire night. The pain would come in waves, intensifying, leading to throwing up. Then things would settle down.

First thing Thursday morning I called the doctor. Got her in for ten. And I went back to bed till one while the Hunny took her. They came back having done blood work, x-rays, shots for pain and nausea, questions by the million. Not sure of the problem. Her white blood cell count was up. We'll know today what the other results are. We should also hear back about an appointment with a gastroenterologist. But she slept all day on Thursday.

A good friend and nurse says she's pretty sure it's gall stones. Maybelline did some epsom salts and water last night at the friend's suggestion. Got things moving some. But she threw up again.

So we're not going anywhere. Except maybe to see the specialist. Or if the throwing up starts back in earnest, to the ER.

Icing on the cake? Lou the Loud came in Thursday morning looking like he'd had a fight with a car and the car won. One claw on a back foot looked like it had been entirely pulled out. Huge patch of fur painfully missing from his back. Gashes all over. Looked horrid. And we were in the middle of everything with Maybelline, not really able to get to the vet. Little Guy breaking down completely over his cat.

I went up Thursday evening - Lou made it up the stairs and into Oatmeal Head's room - to check on the cat. He was stretched out on OH's floor, so I leaned down to pet one place I knew wouldn't hurt - his ear. He purred for the first time all day, then rolled over so I could scratch his chest, purring the whole time. He'll be fine.

Happy Fall Break everyone. Enjoy it for me, will ya?

Until I write again ...



Trisha said...

Oh my! I have had gall stones and my gall bladder removed. My pain was something like what you described. Right up under the ribs - almost feels like a heart attack. It also hurt in my lower back. Is she is still bad with no relief, she may be having a stone travel through the gall duct or stuck in the duct. Either way - it would be good to check out. The pain is ridiculously horrible!

I am so sorry to hear about the cat. Hopefully everything will work out with him and for your poor daughter.

Keep us posted!

Anonymous said...

Maybelline, feel better.

Lou, be catful out there.

Flea, wish you the best of fall breaks! It's got to get better!

Mental P Mama said...

Yowza. I hear that gallbladder disease is among the most painful. Sending hugs to Maybelline, Lou and everyone else chez Flea!

faroutmom said...

Sorry to hear of your fall break. Praying for your family (both the two legged peeps and the four legged ones) and that the rest of your time off together goes well.

Tanya Brown said...

Like everyone else, I wish there was something I could do to help. The location and symptoms sound right for gall stones, although I'm merely speaking as someone who has had them, not as a professional.

She may not feel like eating at all, but until she sees a specialist - an ultrasound of her gall bladder would be really nice, like yesterday! - it might be best to avoid fatty foods.

Glad that Lou will probably survive whatever "adventure" he had! Wishing you and your family the best.

Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Oh no, poor Maybelline and you! I pray she has some relief soon and that your cat heals up too!
Take care,

Ellyn said...

Oh my. What a hard week. I hope this weekend goes a a little better. Keep us posted on how everyone is doing.

abb said...

Let us know that she's soon as she is. And I do hope that's SOON!

dlyn said...

Been praying all day Flea - hope to hear that it is something not serious, even though it is scary.

Karen said...

OK, I'm up to speed now. I'm so sorry. I hate when it feels like everything is happening at once.

Snooty Primadona said...

Oh Dear. I hope your lovely daughter is going to be alright. I can't imagine that stones of any kind going through one's system could be a good thing. Poor baby.

Don't you wish cats could talk? Oh, the stories they would tell...

And, poor Flea. At least you're on break too (as if that helps, lol). I suppose the old saying *when it rains, it pours* has an entirely new meaning for you. Get some rest!

I've added you to my weekly prayer list. I know things will soon get better.

Kidzmama said...

Oh, poor kid. All that retching can really hurt her throat too. As if she needs something else hurting.

Get some rest.

imbeingheldhostage said...

holy cow. I go away for a few days and you fall apart over there!

I am reading on to see what has got poor Maybelline!!!