Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Well, I was going to write some really positive updates, such as potty training and returning to Early Intervention, at least for Eva Rose, but now I also have a not so positive update, not horrible, but definitely not great.

For the positives, we have continued to attempt to potty train all 3 kids.  There continue to be lots of accidents, but they want to wear underwear, and they do go on the potty, they just don't always tell us when they have to go.  On the other hand, over the past couple of days, Michael's accidents have greatly decreased and he is even taking himself to the bathrooma nd even pooping on the potty.  We are most likely going against every rule in potty training, but it is working.  The one rule we haven't broken is attempting to not make a big deal out of the accidents, but making a big deal when they use the potty.  We continue to muster on and hopefully this will work.

Eva Rose tested in to Early Intervention again.  The good thing is she will have more speech help and given that she had some fairly significant hearing loss prior to the tubes, I think this is a great thing.  She will also be able to go to a drop off group, hopefully, and I think given that Thomas is her twin, he'll get to go also.  The other positive is that they will make the referral to the school system like was done for Michael.  I am hoping that she will also need an IEP which will get her services for pre-school.  I will more than likely have Thomas evaluated, but I have a feeling he will just be going to a regular pre-school program.  Maybe he'll be able to be one of the mentors for the pre-school program!

Now for the not so positive news.  About a month ago, Eva Rose had a pretty high fever and a couple of swollen areas that had us concerned so I brought her to the doctors, which I never do for just a  fever.  The covering doctor sent us to the ER so that lab work could be completed and we would hopefully get the all clear.  Both my husband and I were concerned about Lyme, which was one of the reasons we went to the doctors.  The doctor thought it was a possibility, but when we went to the ER the ER pediatrician said that it wasn't presented in the normal manner for Lyme, but she wanted to test for it any way.  All the lab test came back fine, but we needed to wait for the lyme, which takes about a week, and we were sent home.  Things cleared up fairly quickly and we got the results from the lyme test which was negative.  It was recommended by both our doctor and the ER pediatrician to repeat after a couple of weeks just to ensure that it was a true negative.  Well, today I got the results and it was positive!  I'm not sure how I am feeling now.  We need to treat with antibiotics for 14-21 days.  I hate that she has to be on an antibiotic so young and we will definitely have her start eating some kefir so that we can hopefully ensure that the good bacteria that is killed off along with the bad will be replenished and she won't end up with an imbalance to her system.  My other concern is what are the long term effects of lyme?  Not that she's had any long term effects from her RSV, but I am always watching for that, now we have to watch for long term effects of lyme.  It's so not fun being a parent, but yet it's the best thing I've ever done!



  1. Oh no Amy! I am sorry to hear about Eva Rose being sick. I wish I had more to offer, but we have no experience with Lyme Disease. But I can definitely recommend that you give her Acidophilus to help prevent infections and adverse effects from the antibiotics. We have used this kind, but you can probably find some at wholefoods.

    Good luck!

  2. Yay for potty progress!!

    So sorry for Eva Rose!! Poor girl!!

  3. Hopefully your persistence with the potty training will continue to pay off. Sounds like Michael's just about got it. Yay!

    Sorry to hear about Eva Rose testing positive for Lyme Disease. Hopefully the antibiotics will to their jobs and there won't be any long term effects.