Monday, September 14, 2009

Rough Weekend, But Back On Her Feet

Saturday morning, Jessica was sniffing and coughing, but made it to her ACT test. She doesn't feel like she did very well, and didn't finish the math or science sections. This is when it would've been nice to have had the extended time accomodations. We'll find out her score in 3 to 8 weeks.

She ate lunch at Arby's with a friend, and then spent the rest of the day on the couch. She's still feeling blah - sore throat, coughing, etc. She was invited to a movie that night and actually asked me if she could go. I felt that she was irritated with me for saying no even though she knew she was sick and didn't need to. She even wrote on Facebook how she "HATES being sick and wants to be out with her friends." (Of course that hurts my heart, as I hate for my kids to be sick.) But by 8:00 she had curled up in a ball facing the back of the couch, not feeling well, and asking for a cold rag for her eyes.

Sunday morning she woke up not feeling well at all - coughing, sore throat, achey, head/nose stopped up, and just feeling crummy - and didn't get out of bed. I took breakfast and lunch up to her. I was wondering about the flu, but still no fever. She took an hour nap, and at dinner she made it out of bed to join us and had a smile on her face. She's not over it, but much better!

Today (Monday) I got a text from her while she was at school, saying her calves were tightening up pretty bad to the point that it hurt to walk. The nurses gave her ibuprofen and talked to me about the fact that she should be checked for blood clots. We've had this tightening problem several times before and it's not specific to one leg, but seems to be an OI issue. So, I took a Gatorade to school to help with the problem. She didn't want to miss anything anyway, and seems to be better now that she's home.


Sue Jackson said...

Sorry to hear she had such a rough weekend. I agree that the leg thing is probably OI - smart idea to bring her Gatorade!

You know, people with CFS doesn't always get fevers like "regular" people - just something to keep in mind. It could be some sort of flu even without a fever. Usually, people with CFS have a lower than normal temp (mine often runs about 97.5) so a 99 might actually be a fever for us, even though the doctor's office would say it's not. My doctor gets this, fortunately. It's one way we knew the low-dose naltrexone was working - my temp came up a bit to closer to normal.

I owe you an e-mail about test accommodations - too busy today!


Us said...

Hey Sue! You were the one that told us that her leg problem was probably OI related. Her doctor actually hasn't helped us much with this issue. She's out walking down the street with a friend right now, so she's better!

Oh yea - That's true - Jessica's temperature is usually low.

Whenever on that email is fine!

I hope you're feeling better!

Lori said...

Laura (and Sue),
I had no idea about the fever thing. Jessie's normal temp. has always been low. Learn something every day!

I thought about the flu as well. Don't know what it's like in your area, but it's pretty rampant here right now.

I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers (and watching for updates on a constant basis.) Glad to know she's still making it in to school

Take care,

Us said...


The flu is very rampant here! The next town over had 250 kids in their high school out with the flu! And it's been kind of scary.

Jessica's at school, and I haven't heard from her, which is a good sign!

How's Jessie?