Most of my time has been filled with taking care of my sick autistic child. My son has been sick for a couple weeks, and isn’t showing much improvement. It started off with his ears. He has the cyst in his left ear, but it’s his right ear that has been hurting. And it’s been hurting a lot. The doctor put him on an antibiotic, but it didn’t seem to help. He was getting worse.
The doctor gave me a prescription for ear drops, and had me change the over the counter meds I was giving him. He showed an improvement for one day, and then started getting worse again. The doctor then said it looked like he has developed the flu. He’s on new medication for it. I’m still waiting for him to show an improvement. His cough is getting better, but he’s spending most of his time in bed.
He was supposed to have his surgery last week, but I had to reschedule it. It is now set for February. I hated to do that, because he is in so much pain, but they couldn’t do the surgery while he is so sick.
How am I doing? I’m tired. Last night was the first night that I wasn’t woken up by my son. I still didn’t get that much sleep, because I kept waking up during the night. I think the mommy part of you doesn’t sleep well when your child is sick. I have been getting up in the middle of the night for two weeks straight. I think it’s becoming something my body is getting used to doing. Even though it is wearing me out.
My son may also have a UTI. He’s not potty trained at night, only during the day. But lately, it’s been really bad. His doctor thinks that there is a couple of things going on. One is a UTI, but he needs to be tested for it before being treated. The only way to get a clean urine sample is by using a catheter. He needs to be asleep for that. That means, we have to wait for his surgery, and have them get a sample and test it. The other thing the doctor thinks is going on is that my son could not be produces enough of the chemical that allows the body to conserve fluids while sleeping. This is a treatable condition, but can’t be treated if he has a UTI. The UTI would need to be taken care of first.