Monday, December 22, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008 - Update

I've been rather down lately. It's been almost 2 months since I started on supplements and medication for my adrenal fatigue/low cortisol levels and I have yet to see any improvement. You can't expect to see any drastic results on the supplements, but the steroids I'm on were supposed to make me feel better within a month. My doctors aren't quite sure why I'm not seeing more improvement, but they are augmenting my therapy with yet another medication. Now, my estimated six month use of hydrocortisone has been extended which has its own set of risks. Instead of feeling normal in 6 months. . .it may now be 1-2 years. I tell ya, stress is a killer!

To top it off, I didn't have a very good day yesterday. Olivia and I often take naps together in bed. I love that time together and I think she does too. We both get rest and she snuggles up next to me. Well, lately she has started to think it's funny to crawl over to the side of the bed and look down. She always looks back at me as if to say that she knows I don't like her to do that and I grab onto her and pull her back. She thinks that is just hilarious and scurries to the edge of the bed again. Well, yesterday she just crawled right off the bed. She didn't stop to look back at me and it happened so fast, that I couldn't grab her. It was awful. Amazingly, she doesn't have any bumps or bruises and after crying for a few minutes, she was back to her happy self. I beat myself up over it pretty bad, though. I mean, I put cushioned edges on the coffee table and fireplace, a gate on the stairs (that is mounted to the wall, by the way) and then I let her fall off the bed. It's the end of naps in bed and I'm guessing I won't be nabbing any nominations for mother of the year. Anyway, I'll leave you with a hilarious picture. . .be sure to look at it full size! My sweet Olivia. . .always makes me laugh.

***Thanks so much. . you have all made me feel much better. It seems all I'm saying these days is. . "Be careful, watch out, no no. . ." as Olivia gets into everything and rides her pony like a mad woman sometimes. (Although she can maneuver that thing better than some people drive cars.) Part of me is pleased and thankful for her newfound mobility, but I could have done without the bed incident. Later last night when we deemed Olivia okay, Ryan said, "Hey, I'm just glad it happened to you first and not me." Thanks honey.


Sarah M. said...

Awww...both of my kids have done that at least once each. Don't feel you have to stop napping with her because of that, if you don't want to! It happens to everyone, I swear. We just put up a baby rail on one side of our bed. lol

Jill, Matt, Ellie and Kailey said...

Ellie wasn't much older than Olivia when I fell down the stairs with her and broke her foot. I cried for days! It happens to us all, don't beat yourself up too much! I'm pretty sure she fell off the bed, but bigger injuries at that age stand out in my mind.

Anonymous said...

Show me a parent who hasn't ever had a child fall off a bed or chair and I will show you a liar, sooner or later if you let her grow up and explore and not cage her in she will fall, it is part of growing up! I work with a lot of kids and Olivia seems to be at about a 11-12 month old level which age adjusted is about where she should be!

Cristi said...

You moms of preemies are always beating yourselves up. My daughter does the same thing. Full term moms can never know the stress you go through. Much less losing a child added to that. You are a GREAT mom who has done an excellent job with your sweet baby. You guys dont give yourself enough credit.

Becky said...

Hey, I fell off of or out of the bed more than once as a kid. Even fell off our bunkbeds once (that explains a lot, doesn't it?!). Anyhow, I don't think you should beat yourself up about it. Olivia's a tough cookie-and a smart one! She probably won't try that again in the near future! You're a great mom. :-)

Sarah said...

Don't stop napping with her because of that! That happened to me and I ended up taking Emery to the ER afterward (Okay, I'm a little bit of an over-paranoid mother). They actually said "we're just going to send him home with you and not scan him. You're obviously a responsible Mom." I was floored! How could I be responsible AND let him fall out of bed? The unresponsible parents are the ones who don't care, and YOU are NOT that!

Heather @ boy, girl, and a pug said...

I'm pretty sure all little ones HAVE to fall off the bed AT LEAST once! I remember when it happened to Kyler. I cried right along with him. However, when Ella did it she just laughed! Silly girl!

Don't beat yourself up. She's tough. Rumor has it she will probably do it again! maybe:)

Julia said...

I think you just learned the all important lesson that luckily kids bounce! With Julia it was the kitchen counter and onto the hard uncarpeted floor. And who can forget Grandma dumping Katie on out of her carseat onto the floor at church? Anyway, it certainly has nothing to do with your ability as a good mom.

Anonymous said...

I was going to suggest the baby rail on the bed. They have the nice ones that fold down so you can't even tell they're there when the beds made. Don't stop napping with her because of the fall. That is YOUR time. I think it's happened to all of us. I let alayna fall off my bed twice, and she wasn't much older than 8 or 10 months...did the same thing, crawled right off the edge. She'll get hurt plenty more times, and be just fine.

Don said...'s good to know I'm not the only one "slingin' the slobber"!!!!!

Olivia's Grandpa

RyanAndrew2007 said...

I'll still nominate you as a GREAT mom! Don't beat yourself up too much. I think rolling off the bed is one of those "welcome to motherhood" moments. I'm part of that crowd! Ryan rolled off the bed the *first* time when he was much younger than Olivia is.

Have a fantastic week! Merry Christmas!

Eryn Paige said...


I too had the diagnosed adrenal fatigue - adrenal insufficiency. My natural health practitioner had me take the saliva test by Diagnos-Techs, Inc., Clinical and Research Laboratory which is located in Kent, Washington.

The test said I was in the worst and end stage of adrenal deterioration. My cortisol levels were very low. Not a good situation! Well, I definitely felt like I was in the "end stages."

So I know how devastating this adrenal fatigue can be. My poor health was triggered from too much stress for too long in my life and not taking good care of myself.

I am now back to my old self, for better or worse, and free of adrenal fatigue. Perhaps my road back to wellness will in some way help you to overcome your adrenal fatigue also.

Colon detoxing with a leading product was a huge part of my recovery. I spent thousands on top supplements too. They did a bit of good but it was not until I implemented long standing natural health wisdom that I regained my health.

The body really can heal.

HansonTriplets said...

Don't feel bad sweetie! Emma fell down our basement steps about a month ago when my friend left the gate open and Ethan fell off the couch. I think it is just something that happens as parents! Have a great Christmas!