Friday, November 11, 2011
Night terrors, bug bites, and other Friday night fun
It's not quite 11pm and the count of night terror episodes is already up to two for the night. We've been waiting for a night like this since Isaac started a round of Amoxicillin earlier this week for a rogue bug bite. Rogue meaning that it had the start of cellulitis. Bad reactions to bug bites are a fun thing he inherited from me. Aren't genetics grand? Amoxicillin seems like a pretty low-key medication. I mean it's one of the few prescriptions that pharmacies hand out for free. They even flavor it and slap some red dye in it to make it more kid friendly, and for most kids it's probably just fine. But for a kid with a funky gut it's both helpful and harmful. Being on Amoxicillin means that Isaac cannot take his daily dose of probiotics that help keep his gut yeast under control. I've been trying to be good about giving him more fat and protein to help with this during this time, but it's pretty inevitable that about half way through a round of Amoxicillin the yeast monster rears it's ugly head and the red dye catches up with him which results in a night of my little boy screaming, crying, and rolling around his bed off and on in his sleep. We've learned that it's near impossible and not helpful to wake him during these night terror episodes. I have to say that I have a really hard time seeing him like that- it makes me want to cry. Luckily, Andrew is in tune with the sensory side of Isaac's issues and comes to the rescue right when I feel pretty helpless. Tonight he tried applying pressure (kind of like joint compressions- for those with OTs) to Isaac's back and torso and calmly shhhhhh-ing him repeatedly. After a few minutes of this Isaac eased back into quiet sleep. It's nights like these when I wish we had a weighted blanket. Instead I laid my rice pack on his back for some consistent pressure/weight. It's like battening down the hatches before a storm- except there are no Johnny Depp looking pirates around to swab my floors. That would make this Friday night a little more fun.