I’m a few days getting this update out, but Ellie and I both had a checkup Friday, and I know there are a few family and friends patiently waiting for me to tell how things went. We’ll start with me.
My was originally scheduled as a blood pressure checkup to make sure I was still doing okay on the prescribed medication, but after all the craziness that happened a few months ago regarding my medications, the visit turned into compiling a list of all the reactions I suffered to a drug I’m definitely allergic to so I’ll never have to worry about being prescribed something similar. My doctor was very happy to hear that I’ve been off the hydrochlorothiazide since January, and my bp is staying down. I’m sure it helps that I’ve dropped a lot of weight, and I mean I’ve lost more than I ever anticipated. I’m currently sitting at 118lbs, and I don’t want to lose anymore. I weighed 133lbs when I got pregnant with Aubrey that included that “last 5 lbs” I just couldn’t seem to lose after I had Ellie. I ended my second pregnancy at 164lbs. I wanted to get the weight off as quickly as I could, but I wanted to do it in a healthy way. Breastfeeding helps, but things definitely didn’t go as I had planned.
I haven’t dieted. Part of my reaction to the medication was a lack of appetite and trouble eating. I felt like I was choking if I tried to eat anything, and my anxiety was so bad I was literally afraid to eat. I lost 15lbs over 2 month period, so that was definitely a major issue. By the time I ended the nasty med I was sitting comfortably at 128lbs, 1 lb more than I weighed when I got pregnant with Ellie. I was happy with that, but my little chunky baby nurses so much she’s kept the weight melting. I do my best to make sure I’m getting the nutrients and calories I need, but I feel like she’s sucking me dry, pun definitely intended. I’ve been losing about 1lb a week, and it’s time for that to stop. As much as I would love to continue to extended bf Aubrey it’s time to ween for my body’s sake. Her first birthday is 3 weeks away (omg, already!?), so we’re in the beginning stages of that process. My doctor advocates continuing until the baby self weens or the age of 2, and even she agrees we need to stop now.
The good thing about the weight loss is how it helps keep my bp down. We already know I’ll more than likely have to go back on bp meds sometime in the future. My diastolic pressure is on the high side of normal, so we’re keeping a very close eye on that. As for all of the other symptoms I was experiencing, the craziness, the major panic attacks, the rash on about 60% of my body,etc,…it all disappeared within a few weeks of stopping the meds. It turns out out of all the patients she’s subscribed hydrochlorothiazide to over the years many have sulfonamide allergies, but I’m the only one who has ever reacted to the drug…or at least the only one who has ever reported it. She has never seen a sulfonamide reaction was severe as mine, and now we know it was also causing some alarming test results on my routine blood tests involving my liver. My blood work came back completely normal this time, and my liver is fine.
Enough about me! Ellie also had her follow-up appointment to her toe-walking and speech issues. Although she has improved some in both areas she also still has issues. We went back through all of the other problems we’ve reported in the past including her sleeping habits (or lack of sleeping!), the hyperactivity, inability to concentrate on certain tasks, and so on. We’re all definitely on the same page now, and we’re more than likely heading down an ADHD path now. She also wants her tests for Asperger’s Syndrome, and I agreed with that. We’re more than likely looking at some forms of therapy in the near future, and we’ll see how things go from there. If she eventually needs medication we’ll discuss it then. Right now we’re definitely sticking with non-medicated treatments. The doctor did approve of giving her a small amount of coffee since the stimulant does seem to calm her down, and we’re staying away from the things that make her crazy hyper such as Benedryl, Motrin, and blue or red dyes.
I’m sure there will be more to tell when it’s not the middle of the night and I’m fighting to keep my eyes open!