I tell you what, July has been one hell of a month! Some serious sh*t has gone down. Firstly I apparently turned 35!! 35, what on earth is that all about please? You can take it back because I absolutely 100% did not agree to this happening. I want a refund, this adult lark isn’t as fun as it looked when I was 8! Thanks, but no thanks.
Then Olivia decided to get ill. Like ill, ill. Not just a cough or a cold but ill, you need to be admitted to hospital ill. What is going July? Are you serious? Not content with making me a fully fledged age appropriate adult, you also made me grow up and be an actual proper parent. Not just one of these, winging it by the seat of my pants kind of parents. One that actually had to do proper grown up parent things like kick off on doctors and force them to take a proper look at my child and fix her.
Not that she was broken. More like a slight malfunction that was being ignored by the professionals! It’s safe to say I wasn’t overly impressed. With the ‘malfunction’ or being thrust into the world of a bona fide grown up person. I’m over it now and never want to do it again. Ever. Olivia has been warned! No more getting ill ever, coughs and colds only from here on out!
But what was this ‘malfunction’ as I so nicely put it. The girl was poorly sick. She looked fine and for the most part she acted fine, however something inside of her was not fine. I won’t bore you with my amateur dramatics over getting her seen to I have already done that in this post. Pfft to the all the stress. Just to recap: doctors please listen to us parents sometimes we do know stuff, especially if said stuff is to do with our kids, fact!
Anyway I digress as is my way. After being discharged from hospital and having had two out patients appointments, we finally have a 100% confirmed diagnosis. Miss Olivia had Post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis.
The strep bacterial infection causes the tiny blood vessels in the filtering units of the kidneys (glomeruli) to become inflamed. This makes the kidneys less able to filter the urine. Basically meaning protein was leaking in her urine causing fluid to accumulate around her tissues. This was causing the shortness of breath she was experiencing and the swelling appearing all over her body. Over 4kg of fluid was making itself comfortable around her tissues and is one of the most obvious symptoms. Her blood pressure was also through the roof. God only knows how high mine was! I’m going with off the charts, way, way off!
With appropriate treatment for the blood pressure, her body done the rest of the work with some close and careful monitoring in hospital and at home. All was finally well in the world. I have been assured that this is extremely rare and no known cases of it happening twice are known, so she won’t have to go through this again luckily.
I am pleased to report that she is back to normal, attitude and all and is fully recovered after her first serious illness and dramatic hospital stay. We will need to see the pediatrician in a couple of months but this is just to see how she is getting on as I think they quite enjoyed treating her and seeing something they don’t normally see on account of it’s rareness. No long term health issues are expected but they will be keeping an eye on her just in case.
All back to her normal, beautiful self! Thank you for all your get well wishes and support this month, I have really appreciated it 🙂