Just a quick update to my last post to say that Fiona has been healthy for a week now! Her illnesses went away just as quickly as they came and I cannot complain about that. We did find out that she is allergic to dogs and mold and will be taking a daily antihistamine now. The doctor said we can keep Casey our dog, but he can't sleep with her. No problems there!
Thanks everyone for thinking of us! I promise to post some pictures soon.
I'm sorry that I haven't posted in awhile. Fiona has been sick and there is so little time in the day for anything other than comforting and caring for her. Now, when I say that Fiona has been sick, let me tell you what I mean. Over the past 8 weeks she has had 3 ear infections, 3 upper respiratory infections, 1 nasty croup situation, 2 rounds of thrush, and 1 pink eye infection. There hasn't been a well day for her during all of that.
That fact as prompted our Pediatrician to order some consults for our wee one. Today we were at Childrens Hospital in Minneapolis for a sweat test to rule out Cystic Fibrosis. It was a "non-invasive" test that used electrodes to make her sweat. It still involved holding Fiona's arms down and her feeling a buzzing sensation up her arms. Not fun. Then she had to wear a sweat collector on both arms and play for 30 long minutes. Our brave girl did just fine and was very happy to get out of that place. I am 99.9% confident that she does not have CF, but it is something routine that they have to rule out with chronic illness.
Tomorrow we are off to a allergies/asthma/immunology MD to see if any of those issues could be blamed for her illnesses. I have decent allergies and asthma, so I am sure she will have something positive there. Sadly, tomorrow's tests will involve blood work and scratch tests over the course of 2 hours. Also not fun. This isn't helping Fiona's intense fear of medical staff, but hopefully will provide some answers for two worried parents.
Ironically, today was the best day Fiona has had symptom-wise in months. She had a lot more energy and only a slight cough with runny nose. In fact, I was overwhelmed at how "normal" she was at lunch just now. She managed to play with her plastic straw from her juice box and use it as a fork to stab her apples. She looked up at me with those sweet Fiona eyes and I felt like I had seen an old friend.
Fiona enjoyed her second Halloween yesterday. We all walked over to a few houses near us and she experienced her first trick-or-treating. She was pretty funny--she walked up to the house, waited for someone to answer, and then pushed past them and right inside their house. Later, she enjoyed sorting her candy (just like her Dad did as a kid) and then running to our door with each ring of the bell.