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Today Is The Big Day - I Am Scared...

Friday, March 22, 2013

So...my son and I made it to California - it was a very long day. Left our house at 7 AM, got here 13 hours later!

My son was not a joy to travel with. He gets cranky at me for everything. The Dr called me while we were in Atlanta and said his potassium had dropped again. I have had him eating more and more, so he has to be throwing up.

Today he gets admitted to the hospital. They will stabilize his nutrients and get him gaining weight. Turns out my brother knows the main benefactor of the hospital (which is strictly for eating disorders), so my son will be getting extra attention. The Dr told me that the bathroom will be locked so he has to tell them when he is going in and has to talk the whole time he is in there to someone who will be outside the door the whole time. He will be working with a whole team of specialists. When he is cleared from there, he will go in their outpatient program from 9 AM to 7 PM and stay with my brother.

Today I will be meeting with Drs and answering lots of questions. I am so worried about him staying in.

I got 5 hours sleep last night and couldn't sleep on the plane. I am also so stuffed from eating! The good news is he is eating more typed of foods again! Yesterday he actually ate bread with butter and real eggs (was getting egg whites or egg beaters). I still can't believe how much Splenda he uses in coffee and iced tea and he goes through at least 2 packs of sugarless gum a day. He drinks coke zero. I don't think that much artificial sweetener can be good for anyone!

I am so nervous about how this is going to go. My brother told him they are going to do lots of fun stuff after he gets out of the hospital. I hope it helps get him through it. The ex girlfriend wouldn't give him his garage door opener back and won't take her stuff back. Now she is saying they aren't broke up because he is sick and doesn't mean it. My husband is going to get his garage door opener from her while I am here. My son said it stressing him out. I am going to tell the Dr about it today. I am just hoping he doesn't end up calling her to get him out!

Anyway, sorry for rambling. This is just so much to go through. Six weeks later and I am still shocked that he is like this - so malnourished and close to death. It happened so fast.

Please keep praying - thanks!!

  
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LUNADRAGON 3/23/2013 5:26PM

    Definitely praying.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/23/2013 12:34AM

    I wonder if your son is sick due to using the Splenda, because everyone I know who has taken it got sick from it .... it casued my husband to get gassy , diarrhea and stomach cramps... that artifical sugar is worst than eating sugar! My husband had to go off it, because it was giving him such gas and he was so sick and still has not fully recovered from taking it. He thought he was being good and lost weight like crazy and I wonder if it was due to that fake sugar. safer to eat regular sugar as I see it! All those faked sugars casue problems! susana

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NEWKATHYNOW 3/22/2013 9:13PM

    Will keep praying for you all. The sheer physical distance from the ex may be enough. You have lots of strength and support in such a loving family. God bless!

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INFLATED 3/22/2013 8:38PM

    I am praying for you all. I pray that once your son is away from the girlfriend, that he will begin to improve. Crankiness can come from not eating right, so don't take that to heart. The girlfriend is trying to control the situation by not taking her stuff back and keeping possession of the garage door opener. She might trash his stuff or place as long as she holds possession of it. When my son used to break up with his ex, she always called the police. Once she kept his wallet which had his license and ID for his business. I would find out from the police how to get rid of her. My son had to get an officer to meet him at the apartment so he could get his wallet and see that he was not harming her.

Please try to rest yourself. He is in the best of hands.

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ARCHIMEDESII 3/22/2013 4:56PM

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I am sorry to hear about your son's condition. I hope he gets the help and treatment he needs to get better.



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KRISZTA11 3/22/2013 4:37PM

    I'm sorry about your son's condition but I'm glad he gets goo treatment and care. Don't forget to take good care of yourself too!
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/22/2013 10:50AM

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FITFOODIE806 3/22/2013 10:43AM

    emoticon I hope you can sleep better tonight.

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KAREN_NY 3/22/2013 10:03AM

    It's exhausting. It is. I feel for you and pray for you and your family. I hope you can take comfort in ways that work for you, and find restful spaces to rejuvenate whenever you can.



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EDENZMOM 3/22/2013 8:24AM

    You have shown only strength throughout all of this, and you are really and truly amazing. I am sure that everything will end positively, and you will all get your lives back on track. He is young, and the fact that you even got him out of the state to the treatment facility is incredible, and a HUGE step. We are all thinking of you and sending positive motivation. You're doing great.
Stay well, and keep an eye out for yourself also!

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GETNHEALTHY45 3/22/2013 8:05AM

    You are in my prayers. It is a big step for him to go into treatment. I am so glad that you all are at this point. And how awesome that your son can do the out patient there too which provides consistency. You are a great mom! He is lucky to have you. You are doing everything you can do. Now it is up to him to take advantage of this opportunity.

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AZMOMXTWO 3/22/2013 8:02AM

  I will keep you and him both in my prayers and I hope that when the time is right that the ex gf is able to see that she is part of the problem not part of the solution
May the good Lord be with you today and threwout this trial



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Moving Along...

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Things are progressing rapidly. My brother got my son into an extremely reputable treatment center in California. They have already been conversing with our family doctor. He has to go in their hospital for a couple weeks first for a health assessment and to gain weight. After that, he will go into their intense outpatient facility. My brother will drop and pick him up everyday - it's right near my brother's house. He said he'll take him all over on the weekends.

I will stay there until Wednesday next week. My husband will fly out next time. We will give my brother breaks so he can maintain his social life!

The place takes our insurance. After our 10000. Deductible, it covers 50%! My husband is lucky enough to be offered sub contract work a lot - so he will be taking it!

My son's house is all closed up now - everything is off or turned down low. He is collecting short term disability which will help with his bills. He just also got a nice tax refund.

So, I will figure out the bill part - it will work out. I just want him to be alive and healthy. The plane ride is going to be long - 8 hours to get there with the lay over. I am praying he will be ok on the flight. My husband booked a wheel chair at both airports for him.

Thanks again for all of your support and prayers!

  
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INFLATED 3/21/2013 6:24PM

    That is expensive! I am so glad he has you two as parents and your brother as his uncle. I will pray that God will make a way for you to pay it easily. I also pray for your son's recovery.

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SCAREWALDORF 3/21/2013 8:24AM

    I'm so happy for you that things are working out. I know healthcare is expensive in the US, but like you say, the important thing is that he gets healthy.

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LYNNWILK2 3/20/2013 10:09PM

    that is such great news that he is getting into a great place where he will have family close and I pray this place is able to find out the way to help him with all he is going through. I am relieved that everything is now moving so quickly for you all.
God's speed to a your son. I hope you all are able to find that this place is very productive!

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KAREN_NY 3/20/2013 9:43PM

    Oh my gosh. Healthcare can be dauntingly expensive, but how wonderful that you have options and he is ready to go! How wonderful too, to have such a fantastic family support system! So happy for you that there are next steps and such tremendous hope for his recovery!
((hugs))


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EDENZMOM 3/20/2013 9:29PM

    You're making great progress with all of this. I'm happy that you seem to be a bit relieved. He is so lucky to have parents like you guys.
Good luck and keep us updated!

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LYNBRINT 3/20/2013 8:34PM

    Keep us updated! Our prayers are ALWAYS with you... emoticon emoticon

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FITFOODIE806 3/20/2013 7:38PM

    I wish I had words. I hope the flights go well.
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NEWKATHYNOW 3/20/2013 7:36PM

    How wonderful that things are moving so rapidly. Prayers are indeed answered. Please know we will continue to pray for all of you. emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/20/2013 7:23PM

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The Power of Prayer...

Monday, March 18, 2013

We have had a HUGE breakthrough! My son has been getting harassed by his ex constantly - we are talking texts every two seconds right now. He told me he wants to go away for a couple weeks. I asked him if he wanted to go to a nutrition treatment center near my brother in California. He is now admitting that this whole relationship has affected his health.

HE SAID OK!!

He wants to see the doctor tomorrow about it! We are working on flying him out in the next few days after we get a place set up.

Thank you do much for all of your support and prayers.

  
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LYNNWILK2 3/19/2013 2:43PM

    such a difficult matter, you are such a loving mother. So glad your DS has accepted he needs help and there is a place for him to go near a relative who can keep a close eye on his hopeful progress. Bless your son, prayers for much improvement very soon!


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FRANCESCANAZ 3/19/2013 9:49AM

    AMEN amiga!

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INFLATED 3/18/2013 6:21PM

    I thought this might be the problem. My mother got involved with a man years ago that moved his stuff into her apartment every time he visited her. She didn't know he was doing it. Mom was hospitalized and he took another woman into Mom's apartment. We also suspect he may have robbed Mom. He is dead now, but my Mom became so depressed, she overdosed on pills and would work two jobs and then go into the dentist's office early where she worked to clean it without pay. I think she was trying to escape this man and didn't want the family to know.

My sister and I decorated his car with his clothes as it sat in a parking lot outside of his work place. We told him, we could make things a lot worse for him. Mom said he began calling her and threatened to let a mouse or a snake loose in her apartment. She would go into hysterics when she saw either animal.

I just wanted to say, you are doing great in standing with your son and letting him know that you will be there for him. I hope God comforts you and your husband during all of this and that He will be with your son as his Source of strength.

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NEWKATHYNOW 3/18/2013 6:09PM

    Thank God! Will keep you all in our prayers. You may have to get a restraining order on the ex. Been there.

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SCAREWALDORF 3/18/2013 5:13PM

    Brilliant! Lets hope this moves him closer to recovery! xoxo

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KAREN_NY 3/18/2013 4:23PM

    While it's sad to think that this toxic relationship was such a factor in his health, this is very good news! A move forward for his health & happiness, and your peace of mind.
((HUGS))

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/18/2013 2:46PM

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Update...

Monday, March 18, 2013

My son doesn't have any esophogas or colon damage. The dr took biopsies and is hoping to get blood work result today. He told him to gain weight.

My son is upset they didn't find anything. He still swears it is something else. Next is the dietician appointment Wednesday morning and family dr Wednesday afternoon. In the meantime, my husband is going to drive down and check out an ED treatment center in lower Maryland. John Hopkins has a lot of really bad reviews so we are skipping that one. I also have a call into a recommended therapy.

  
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KAREN_NY 3/18/2013 4:24PM

    No doubt a physical symptom may have been something to hang his hat on, but how very good that there isn't that kind of damage now. I agree with Live2Run4Life -- fantastic mama (and papa) bear!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 3/18/2013 12:57PM

    I'm glad there aren't any signs of esophagus or colon damage. Hopefully the appointments on Wednesday will give you clear direction on what to do next.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/18/2013 12:36PM

    He's lucky to have such caring parents.
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Here We Go...

Monday, March 18, 2013

On our way to my son's endoscopy...today is the day we get to the bottom of this. Prayers are appreciated :)

  
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/18/2013 10:45AM

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COOP9002 3/18/2013 10:40AM

    Praying. Keep us posted.

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CHERRY666 3/18/2013 8:57AM

    I'll be thinking of you guys. Good luck!

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CHEMCHIC2006 3/18/2013 8:43AM

    Good luck!!!!! emoticon

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MZLADY77 3/18/2013 8:19AM

    emoticon With God all things are possible!

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EDENZMOM 3/18/2013 8:15AM

    thinking of you guys, sending positive vibes and positive thoughts

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MJRVIC2000 3/18/2013 8:12AM

    We offer prayers for your son today! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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