(This post was created on: July 08, 2016
originally published at
Reflections Beneath the Poetz Tree)
In recognition of the author who inspired so many changes in my life five years ago...
here's a re-post from 2013.
PLUS links to A. Adams Jones
books and video synopsis.
During out stay in Colorado this summer, the children experienced reduced asthma symptoms. Now of them required Albuterol via Nebulizer. Their need for inhaler treatments significantly decreased. We only used the inhalers 2-3x all summer. It was wonderful to have an illness-free summer. Due to our "immediate relocation" requirement, (See post from http://www.worldofwritermom.org/2018/04/life-changing-inspirations-from-one.html), I ended up reapplying for health insurance in Colorado. I immediately arranged medical appointments for all children since we needed to have a place to transfer medical records from Georgia to Colorado. The appointments were scheduled just in time. Nathan was diagnosed with a chronic medical condition that will require on-going monitoring.
A little over one week ago Nathan began to retain fluids that made his face, legs, and stomach swell more that we had ever seen before. Thankfully, he had an appointment scheduled for last Wednesday. I told the doctor that our previous pediatrician had treated his symptoms as if he only had asthma. I shared my concerns that I felt there was something more going on. The doctor checked Nathan thoroughly and asked for a urine specimen. Sure enough, he was spilling proteins into his urine.
Nathan was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome, which is a type of kidney disease where there is a loss of protein in the urine. When protein is lost from the blood, there is swelling of the face, arms, legs, and abdomen as fluids leak into these tissues. The cause in uncertain. The doctor told me that taking him to the Emergency Room, where he was given Prednisone (a steroid), probably kept him from going into kidney failure. I wish his previous pediatrician had been more aware of this disease! I kept thinking, "What if I hadn't taken him to the ER as often as I did?" A mother's instinct should always be taken seriously!
I am relieved to finally have a reason for Nathan's frequent trips to the ER. I am grateful for all the challenged I face this summer. I am appreciative of this opportunity to recognize, recomment, and reinvent my family life here in Colorado. Most of all, I feel blessed that I trust myself to take care of my family and take a huge leap of faith in remaining here. I believe I had to be here so that I could establish a better network of medical care for my children; one I had struggled to maintain in Georgia. (Our health insurance situation there was tenuous at best.)
Nathan's swelling has already decreased since he has been taking the Prednisone. His pediatrician is also prescribing medications for high blood pressure and to prevent stomach irritation, which are side effects of the Prednisone treatment protocol. Thank God we found a great pediatrician who identified the problem. So if anyone asks why I ended up here, I'll say it had to be a part of a bigger plan for our family.
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Life Changing Inspirations
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