warning: some discussion in this post is not for those with weak stomachs
Why? Why Cyclic Vomiting? Why her? Why no cure? Those of you who have read my blog have read many a post about CVS.
The last 2 days have been draining. More so for my 8 year old than for me...although I feel pretty beat up. C suffers from Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome. (also called abdominal migraine). She was diagnosed at 3 with CVS. Unfortunately it took a lot of time, research, and doctor visits to get us to the diagnosis.
I mean kids throw up , right? Not like this. Imagine vomiting harder than you ever have. All night. Every 15 minutes or half an hour. Imagine your stomach clenched in pain...your head spinning like you were riding the Tilt-a- Whirl on high speed. Imagine knowing as you close your eyes that it will be back in what seems like an instant. Constant over the top nausea, vertigo, vomiting and pain.
C describes it like this : "My belly rumbles...it feels like something is trying to get out of me, like someone is trying to hurt me. When I get my dizzy eyes ,(vertigo), it feels like something is shaking the Earth. My eyes are open, but I only see black. I feel a lot of nausea...it makes me achy and uncomfortable. The vomiting hurts the most when it is just acid coming out."
Amazingly enough, C has tremendous willpower to rebound the next day. Her waking hours are spent sitting drawing or watching tv. Her episode doesn't effect her appetite. I have her lay low and snack throughout the day. She doesn't eat too much before bed because well..."what goes in comes out."
Our routine of bowl, washcloth, tissues, hair elastic, and mom in the trundle is down to a science. C doesn't have to get out of bed...probably wouldn't have the energy to anyhow.
C is classified a s a calendar kid...she is triggered by time...not cheese or chocolate or stress. She has never been dehydrated or hospitalized. As difficult as each episode is, we always remember that there are kids and adults out there who suffer frequent episodes. It effects their work and school, their social lives.
CVSA has the support of doctors all over the world helping to find a cure or treatment.
Please tell someone you know about CVS. There are many people looking for answers. Thanks.