Sunday, December 02, 2007

Colors of the Season

Ah, the colors of the Christmas Season... traditionally red and green; at our house, mostly red.

Unfortunately, Camille suffers from chronic, frequent nosebleeds. It's a fact of life for us... the first was one that I most unpleasantly encountered happened when Camille was 13 months old. I went into her room one morning to find her covered in blood from head to toe, the crib looked like someone had slaughtered the fattened calf in it. In the last 2 1/2 years, nosebleeds have caused us to leave early and occasionally take trips to the ER. We battle the nosebleeds a couple times a week throughout the year, but winter, with dry weather and viruses, causes daily battles. Yesterday was a record breaker with a total of 4 significant nosebleeds in just one day. The nosebleeds are often spontaneous, occurring for no reason at all. Sometimes they occur after sneezing and other times a small bump can start one.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has great information on nosebleeds in kids. Our journey has lead us to seek care from specialists including an ENT and hematologist. Camille has been recommended for a minor surgical procedure to cauterize her nose. Because this procedure requires general anesthesia and a trip to the operating room, we are trying other options right now.

Camille has bad cold today. We will likely keep her home from school for a couple of days. We'll see how she does and if we can keep the nosebleeds under control for now.

1 comment:

Doris & Dan said...

Not fun! Hubs gets them too. Hope the only red you see is Xmas red!

Keep smilin!