Even though I haven’t posted very recently, I’ve been keeping up with the comments on here. Joel’s observation about bullies is one I had thought of, but have ruled out. Quite a few months ago, the main ringleader at Jamie’s school transferred; there also were some rearrangements among the “power clique” at Jamie’s school. This happened at about the same time Jamie wised up about showing his emotions too openly at school (i.e., giving the little snot noses in the school what they want – a reaction). These events all combined with the result that Jamie is now popular. Yep, and not only is he popular, but he now hangs with kids who back him up and treat any bullying offenders to withering looks and an instant decline in social status. How on earth I have a kid who is popular I’ll never know – maybe it’s the jock thing. At the end of the school year he was teaching several kids how to play keeper and striker at recess; maybe his “mad soccer skillz” stirred up respect and admiration. Maybe the fact that he’s 10 years old and so fit he already has a “six pack” had something to do with it. For whatever reason, my child is now well-liked and unbullied (thank you, Jesus!). So I ruled that out as the cause of the migraines and the stomach pains.
Anyway, we went to see the Allergy/Asthma doc on Monday. She confirmed he does have a coughing-variant, activity/athletically induced type of asthma. He now takes Advair twice a day and uses his rescue inhaler 20 minutes before sports, recess or especially strenuous activities. It seems to be helping. Soccer practices start next week, so we’ll see how he does then. If he starts having episodes during practices, I’m to take him back to the doc for a reevaluation and see if he needs a different type of rescue inhaler or an increase in dosage.
Jamie goes on Friday to get his blood work done to see if he’s developed any new food allergies. I’m hoping something simple like that will explain the stomach pain and vomiting. If not, then it’s back to the neurologist to see if he has developed what’s called a “stomach migraine.”
Love you all, and I appreciate all your thoughts and prayers!