An Amazing School Garden

I have to dote on my husband a bit here. This is a photo of the garden he has created in the courtyard at the elementary school where he teaches. It has been an absolute labor of love. He built the beds, carted endless wheelbarrows of mulch, and spread it, and then the fun began. The kids were able to plant and tend, and pick, and eat the fruits of their labor.

The kids have planted seeds to start the cycle all over again. What a wonderfully interactive classroom!


Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS)

My daughter experienced another episode of CVS yesterday. She is five years old and was diagnosed with this unforgiving syndrome at the age of three; although we can trace it back to infancy.

Cyclic Vomiting is recurrent bouts of vomiting. It is thought to have a connection to migraines, and is often referred to as abdominal migraine. Many of the children, ( and adults), experiencing this syndrome have a family history of migraine, (as does my daughter).

CVS episodes are often times triggered by stress ...even good stress, like Christmas, the first day of school, or a birthday. Certain foods, like cheese, chocolate, or foods containing MSG can also be triggers. Other children (like Cal), are called "Calendar Kids", because they don't seem to have a particular trigger, other than time. Cal's episodes used to be 8 weeks apart. Not 7 weeks, 6 days...but 8 weeks to the day. Yes, we would put it on the calendar, and wait for it. Cal's episodes are now somewhere between 9 and 10 weeks apart.

We're "lucky" compared to other families experiencing CVS. Some children vomit so violently, and often that they frequently end up hospitalized. Cal has terrible vertigo the morning an attack is coming, is then fine all day...and once she falls asleep that night, the vomiting begins. It usually happens once an hour for the entire night. Once morning arrives, the cycle is broken. Cal has vertigo for 2-3 days, and then another 9 weeks pass before another episode. Some children have episodes that last for days.

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