Sunday, February 1, 2009

Out from Under a Cloud


The specialist we took our Truffle to see about her tummy troubles recommended an endoscopy, so last week we finally received some long-awaited information.  The acid is not caused by GERD, esophagal hernia, allergies, ulcers, or celiac disease.  It is simply a symptom.  Not of anything dreadful or lifelong.  Her chances of outgrowing it are good, and we've found it is manageable with a little lemon balm tincture (a calming and anti-spasmodic herb that is safe for young children) and a lot of love and consideration.  

For her morning in the hospital, she packed a few necessities.  Bear-Bear and Silkie, of course. Her Bit Pig and Chickie quilt.  And for good measure I sneaked in a new book, the Milly-Molly-Mandy stories, along with a current favorite, Oh Say, Can You Say? by Dr. Seuss.  She was excited about the prospect of wearing jammies out of the house, and chose her hello, birdies and new matching puppy housecoat that came at Christmas.  She adored the anesthesiologist, a gentle-hearted bear of a man who doted on her and soothed my anxious spirit.  Everything went beautifully, and now the cloud of fear and confusion that had been glooming over us for so many months is dissipated.  And we are grateful.


Details on the Robe:  This vintage pattern is not for the faint of heart, but I found the extra time and head-scratching gave a pleasing and cozy little housecoat.  I opted for the double-breasted version, and skipped the doll-sized robe for now, even though I've cut it out.  Perhaps a Valentine's Day gift for Bear-Bear... who also came through the procedure quite well, and has the hospital jewelry to prove it.   One thing I love about vintage patterns is that they occasionally carry very useful notations, like the one you see above.  I did add the suggested 2 inches in length, and the Truffle will probably get another year of snuggly puppy happiness as a result.  

5 comments:

The Roberts' said...

I am so glad to hear that this is something she is going to grow out of, eventually....I had been thinking about her, and what was going on...

Serena said...

I'm glad you know what's going on now and that it's something she'll probably grow out of. The robe that you made for her is adorable!

Anonymous said...

Our daughter had severe stomach pain when she was about ten and had an endoscopy. They didn't find anything wrong. At the time, she was taking aspirin for arthritis, so I assumed that was the cause. The pain seemed to eventually go away; she is in her twenties now, and doing well.

I've discovered over the years that two things give me terrible abdominal pain: poppy seeds (which I love in muffins, cake, rolls,) and yogurt. Both make me double over. A great remedy for really sharp abdominal pain I have found is CharcoCaps, but I haven't needed them since I quit eating poppy seeds and yogurt.

Linda C. said...

Great news about the little one, and her robe is just adorable. By the way, I found out the FHA thimble was a merit prize for members of the Future Homemakers of America, founded in 1945. They changed their name in recent years . . . and now I can't remember what it is! Anyway, it was fun searching out the information, and I thank you for your contribution!

Laurie in Maine said...

randomly blog hopping this am...
OMG! I bet that pattern envelope is still under the seat of Mom's old Singer 301. Which she notes is the same age as I am :)