The thing my daughter has is called HSP (Henoch Schonlein Purpura). The first time she had it, it started with a week of vomiting, followed by a week of swollen joints followed by more vomiting. All the while, she was also lethargic, had no appetite and was unable to sleep through the night due to abdominal pain.
We actually cheered when she ate a piece of ravioli. It's only been two weeks since she was healthy enough to go back to school, and now it's back.
All I know is this: it's not fair. She's so small... last time she had it, she lost 5lbs. due to vomiting and not being able to eat - the kid only weighed 35 to begin with! I hate this so much. As well as being awful for her, I'll be honest, it's really hard for me. Not only is everything made that much harder because I've basically got to do everything for her, but I'm scared. I'm constantly worried that something that is already so hard on her is going to turn into something worse.
She's got an appointment with the pediatric nephrologist (kidney specialist - I had to look it up.) on Wednesday, and I don't even know what it is they're looking for. Is it possible that her kidneys have been damaged? What would that mean?
There's nothing scarier than something that you don't know anything about; except maybe when that something is happening to your kid.