Okay, all you moms out there in the bloggosphere -- put on your doctor hats because I need your advice.
One of our daughters (whom I'll call "Monkey") has a recurring stomach problem. It is rather unpredictable, which makes it difficult to pin point the "common denominator". We had thought it was maybe a lactose intolerance issue -- but even with limiting her diet and taking an occasional Lactaid tablet, the stomach aches (cramping) continue to flare up here and there.
Well, she had gone most of the summer without any of those symptoms, and our hope was that she had outgrown this phase in her medical history.
No such luck. The school nurse called last Friday, and I had to go retrieve Monkey from school for that very reason. I wasn't too worried about it, as she had overdosed on the pizza buffet the night before, with an ice cream chaser. Even the hardiest of us lactose tolerators would suffer consequences -- can I get an Amen?
The weekend was uneventful, with few complaints. But then ...... it was back to school time and the stomach aches started again. My gut feeling (pardon the pun) is that she has a "nervous stomach".
The school nurse just called me .... again ..... we're becoming well acquainted. Monkey is lying down in the nurse's office as I type this, with stomach cramps. She'll call me back to come get her from school, if that tummy doesn't settle down soon.
As a kid, I don't remember having a nervous stomach, but I was definitely a worrier. And a chewer. And a picker. I spent the better part of middle school with tiny bleeding spots around my fingernail bed. And I still have lots of nervous habits, which I fear I've passed on to my Monkey. She's always got her fingers in her mouth.......
So, any advice on what can I do for her? Any ideas, before I have to take her to the doctor?
I'd welcome any comments ...... and in the meantime, I'll sit here chewing my fingers, willing the phone NOT to ring.