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Julian unwellness

...continued from before...

So, I headed homeward from the conference. I stopped again at the dry cleaners, to drop off things that needed to be cleaned. I stopped at CVS and picked up some supplementary medication - my acid reflux has been out of control...probably tied to my out of control caffeine habit. Oh, well...I happen to like being out of control, from time to time. Plus, I like Hoobastank.

At home, I changed out of work clothes, and checked email, and began some of the work I didn't do at work today. Karen called a bit before 5pm to say that she was on her way home. Marie and the kids weren't back yet, and I knew our volunteer girls from the Yeshiva (Leah and Nomi, tonight) were supposed to be here at 5 also...so I turned on the monitor in the office to see if I could hear Marie bring kids in through the basement. I also unlocked the front door. A few minutes later, I heard the approaching doppler of a screaming Julian. *Not* through the monitor, but through the walls and empty rooms in between the office and the front of the house. I heard the front door open, and I stood up to go find Julian.

I picked him up. He was crying and incoherent. All I could understand was that Marie had done something he didn't like, and he wanted Eema. A minute or so later, Marie came up from downstairs with Sam...she'd been bringing the other kids in. "I don't know what's wrong," she began. I replied, "Me either...I can't figure out what the problem was." A moment later, Leah walked in. I left Leah with Sam, and Marie went down to get another baby. I took Julian into the living room and sat in the recliner with him. Karen came in a minute later.

He went to her like a Titanic passenger looking for a life boat. What did he want? Not really sure. Karen said (summarized for your reading pleasure) "He needs me. Can you and the girls handle the babies?" Sure thing. Karen determined that Julian didn't want to go out to dinner or do anything else special, although it looked for a minute like he'd want to go to the bookstore. "I want a cup of milk, and a nap," he said, through the coughs. I forgot momentarily what milk does to a coughing Julian, got him his cup, and Karen and I assisted him with blanket selection. He downed the milk...and a few minutes later, while coughing, brought it all back up. All over him, the blanket, and the recliner. Festive.

I started looking for things to clean up the milk with, and steered Julian to Karen for a bath. The girls kept the babies busy, and I threw a wash in the washing machine. Eventually, Julian and chair were both clean, and babies were to bed and girls headed home. Julian and I attempted dinner, and Karen discovered that she was exhausted and needed bed. Julian and I played catch for a bit in the sunroom with the kooshball, but he asked to rest once or twice. Yeah, bedtime.

I read him a story or two, and asked him to call it a night at 8pm. I went down & checked on Karen - she was short on rest, and I promised to wake her up later so that she could finish up prepping bottles for the babies. I sat down and typed my last post, and then started this one. At 8:45 or so, Julian awoke and started screaming. I went in and comforted him, and left the room. He started screaming again as soon as I sat down, and when I went in, all I could get out of him that I could make sense out of was "Eeeeeeeema!" I went down, woke Karen - she headed upstairs, I went for the children's Motrin. I thought he was feeling feverish. I prepped a bottle of OJ & Motrin, and went into his room. Karen was sitting on his bed - Julian was out again. Huh. She's headed back downstairs. I don't think Julian will be in school tomorrow.


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May. 14th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
my acid reflux has been out of control

The last two nights in a row I woke up in the wee hours and demanded Tums from Q (who was still awake and on the computer). Tonight, I just took a 12-hour OTC antacid (ranitidine?) so that I won't (hopefully) do it again.

probably tied to my out of control caffeine habit.

I was getting major heartburn at work for a while earlier this year, from drinking the coffee (and on an empty stomach yet!) I thought I was going to have to cut back/out my coffee drinking; but when we ran out of coffee (French Roast, very bitter and acidic) and bought more (a much smoother Royal Kona variety), the problem went away. So maybe it's not the caffeine that's the problem for you so much as the caffeine delivery system.

May. 14th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
I've been finding that my Protonix (pantoprazole sodium, a proton pump inhibitor), which is supposed to last 24 hours, quits an hour or two before bedtime. When I find it quitting, I too take Zantac (ranitidine HCl, an H2 antagonist) and that helps carry me through to my next dose of Protonix.

Yes, it could be the caffeine delivery system. It's the same caffeine delivery system I normally use, though...Diet Coke, Fruit2O Energy, and an occasional 1/2 to 1 tablet of No Doz. I suspect that part of it is the quantity of caffeine, and that I should cut back on the Diet Coke and increase one or more of the others. BJ's & Costco's both sell a Fruit2O pack, but it only has 8 of the Energy variety in each case. A sad waste of space, if you ask me.
May. 14th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
I've been on Omeprazole (which is, I think different than pantoprazole) for a couple of months now and I've been shocked how well it's worked--and it started almost immediately, within the first day I started. Suddenly, I wasn't popping Rolaids like there was no tomorrow!

Of course, I also (by necessity) drink a bit less caffeine than you, I suspect....
May. 14th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
Omeprazole is in the same class of PPIs as pantoprazole, but yes, it's different. I took it for a while, but it stopped working for me.

It's entirely possible that if you drank the same amount of caffeine that I do, you'll develop superpowers. I don't know that you'd use them for good, so I'd recommend you not do so. 8^)
May. 14th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
What kind of Fruit20? A couple of them (I think lemon and orange?) gave me heartburn. Diet Coke has never given me any problems. I haven't taken No Doz since college, but there are other caffeine pills that I don't find too harsh.
May. 14th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
Check out the link I supplied. "Fruit2O Energy" is the kind I'm talking about - it's the one with caffeine. It may not do so now - the company has been sold, and they've reformulated the drinks.

No Doz is a scored tablet, so it's splittable. This is why I chose that one. There are times where I don't want to throw 200mg of caffeine in my body - 100mg should be sufficient.
May. 14th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Is Protonix seriously supposed to last 24-hours? Because I've been taking it 2xday for years now. But then, I also still have break-through heartburn and occasionally need to take ridiculous amounts of Zantac to supplement so I'm probably not the best judge.
May. 14th, 2008 12:32 pm (UTC)
It lasts 24 hours for most people. My MD won't give it to me more frequently than that - he would prefer me to make lifestyle changes. My lifestyle change is to take Zantac on top of the Protonix, as needed, when things aren't as neutral as I'd like them to be.

In the hospital setting I'm in, when someone has a gastric bleed, we do an 8mg/hour Protonix infusion. That's a bit more than even you take each day.
May. 14th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
Well, about the only other thing I can give up is caffeine and I've regulated that back as far as I'm willing. I had to leave myself something I could indulge in because turning your world upside down just to find that the problems don't actually go away, or even really ease themselves, is just plain demoralizing.

Fortunately, I've never actually gotten to the point of ulcer or gastric bleeding. I'd really like not to, either.
May. 14th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
You'll note that I haven't told you to give up caffeine.

You might even note that I haven't told anyone to give up caffeine. There are some on my friendslist, like osewalrus or caryabend who have been told that their caffeine intake needs to be moderated...but they were told so by their doctors, not by me. I don't have prescribing authority.

I illustrated the utility of pantoprazole in my hospital to note that although my MD doesn't want me to take more than 40mg a day, it doesn't mean that taking more isn't a valid medical opinion.
May. 14th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
DH and I have both had good luck with Nexium (esomeprazole). He seems to like it better than Protonix.
May. 14th, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
To each his own. I've had the same medical conditions for some time - I've tried most of the medicines out there, and I have to switch them from time to time when they stop working. I recently tried Lansoprazole, but it didn't work any better than the pantoprazole, so I didn't switch.
May. 14th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping Julian (and you) are feeling better this morning.
May. 14th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
Julian's cough cleared up significantly, although he didn't want to go to school. So, once the babies were awake, she took them & Julian to the park, and I came to work. Woo hoo!
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