Welcome to the first edition of the Fragile Files. This is an opportunity for bloggers with medically fragile children to share a weekly update with other bloggers who understand what it is like to walk each day with a medically fragile child. It is also an opportunity for us to offer encouragement to others and to gain encouragement for ourselves from others who are walking similar paths.
The Fragile files is also a place for us to celebrate the smallest of victories among friends. Many of these victories may seem minuscule to some, but I encourage you to read these stories. Even if you are here reading as one who has never known a fragile child, stick around, read and pray. Learn to love the precious little ones the way we do and be blessed by them.
Our Roller Coaster Week – The Highs
We started off our week flying high with our sweet Phoebe. This was the beginning of our fourth week of “wellness.” The previous four weeks brought huge strides in gross and fine motor and major progress with eating. The biggest news is that she began standing on her own and even walking with her walker. She was doing so well with feeding that we decided to spend the next two weeks doing some intensive therapy; meaning she would see her speech therapist every day in hopes of turning the corner and finally eating by mouth consistently.
All was well until Monday night at bedtime. I didn’t know exactly what was wrong, but something was off for sure. She didn’t go down for bed easily that night and didn’t sleep well once she did. By the next morning her nasal drainage had picked up and by Wednesday we were in the middle of a major sinus infection.
Typically a sinus infection is not a big deal but, for Phoebe, she struggles managing her own secretions day to day and has major difficulty when nasal secretions are added to the mix.
Before the week was over, we found ourselves in three doctors offices and back on antibiotics. Phoebe quit eating because she could not breathe well enough to swallow.
By the weekend she was still not feeling herself, but she was able to play and smile by midday when most of the morning congestion cleared.
This is the way it is sometimes for medically fragile children. Things can be going all according to plan. They can be making progress all around. Then, out of nowhere, one small thing can bring all progress to a halt and even set them back.
The key for parents is not to get discouraged. Usually, not all progress is lost.
Phoebe still wants to eat, and she is still asking for tastes of food. She is still crawling around the house, standing independently and attempting to walk. She even got her first bump on the head from trying to walk.
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