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Adopted 3 boys out of foster care, then got pregnant for my beautiful daughter, now currently pregnant again with twins.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Withdrawing

For those of you going through foster parents, you're probably wondering if baby's withdrawal symptons or as bad as they say.

It's not as bad as they say.

It's worse

MUCH MUCH WORSE

SIX HOURS OF STRAIGHT CRYING FROM MIDNIGHT TO 6 AM!!


Princess kicked both L and I out the room onto the couch and Smiley's extra bed and we still needed earplugs.

Holding her did not work, only made her scream much much more.

I figure she's either withdrawing, teething or has serious colic. Definately calling the doctor today. She has got to get something to calm her down with her heart condition. She sounds a little congested too, but I don't think that would explain 6 hours of crying.

Please send prayers for her and another family situation we're having I'm not ready to discuss yet. Our marriage is good, so it's not that.

35 Comments:

  • At 8:11 AM, Blogger Tamara said…

    Amen, sista!! We were there with Cookie. It is BAAAD and nothing - not a single thing can stop it. Late night car rides sometimes helped, he swing sitting in front of the dishwasher while it was running sometimes helped, swaddling sometimes helped, but mercy...it just had to run its course. I feel for your lack of sleep, I really do. Hang in there!

     
  • At 8:18 AM, Blogger Julie said…

    Prayers your way!! I am sorry!! Hang in there!

     
  • At 8:59 AM, Blogger FosterMommy said…

    Wow. I can't handle hearing a baby scream for more than 10 minutes, so I can only imagine...
    Did the hospital warn you that she does this, or did she just hit a bad patch since she's been home with you?

     
  • At 9:34 AM, Blogger Dream Mommy said…

    Tamara,

    How old was she before it all stopped?

     
  • At 11:15 AM, Blogger Amanda said…

    Oh goodness. I hope this is a short withdraw, what a nightmare. It seems weird that she would start this now... shouldn't she have been withdrawing all along and be pretty much done now?

     
  • At 11:41 AM, Blogger all4one said…

    One of my boys was like you're describing - he cried ALL the time. Eventually he grew out of it but that's not much comfort while you're going through it!

    My youngest little boy was born with heart defects including an AV Canal. If there's any information I can help with there I'd be happy to share it. Unfortuately (or fortunately!) I know nothing about medical records issues because we haven't had to deal with those.

     
  • At 1:15 PM, Blogger chris said…

    Okay, dumb question but I figured at 3 months she would be all through the withdrawal part. Does it continue this long?

    I'm sorry, I know it's not very charitable, but drug addicted moms really suck.

    Hang in there. I hope the little dear gets some relief soon. And you and the rest of the family too.

     
  • At 1:59 PM, Blogger Tamara said…

    Wow - I'll email ya directly as soon as I get a chance...while Cookie's shaking and not eating and screaming withdrawl symptoms eased up when she was about 2 weeks old, we dealt with light, sound, and touch sensitivity issues - literally had to hold her and pet her and massage her and get it real dark, and bundle her. It was agonizing at times. I once put her in her crib and went into the bathroom and SOBBED - but I did the right thing. We found that gas drops helped sometimes, and Baby Iboprofen (not Tylenol, but baby Motrin). Everything seemed to set her off. Now, she's perfectly calm - can pitch a royal fit when she doesn't get her way, but is in general very peaceful and loving - loves touch, and music, and sunshine.

    Oooooh - we read up on infant massage and got some baby masssage cream and rubbed endlessly. We rubbed her feet just like we were giving each other a foot rub, and we rubbed her back. Baths really helped her calm down too - I remember baths at midnight with her screaming and Michael just holding her for dear life.

    Sounds more like colic than withdrawl symptoms - esp. since she is 3 months away from the drugs. They are out of her system, but the effects aren't. My best guess is its sensitivity issues. If you try a lack of stimulation (limit sound, sight stimulants, and temperature issues) that can help too.

    We tried soo many things. I'd say by 6 months she was much better. Every now and then I still (at now 14 months) see that she can be very sensitive, but now its no more than just a "diva child" would be.

    Again, I'll email you more to see if I can be of any more help than just empty advice. Hugs!!

     
  • At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi all, This is Dreammommy's sister. Princess was rushed to the hospital around noon today (2-13). She had quit breathing at the daycare and they immediately started CPR and called an ambulance. She was taken to the hospital near the house where they stabilized her and then air med took her to N.O. hospital. On the way there, they struggled to keep her alive. As of about 3:45pm princess arrived at the N.O. Hospital. I do not have anymore info at this time, but it looks like she may not make it. Please say some prayers for princess and my sis and brother in law. I will try to keep y'all updated.

     
  • At 2:31 PM, Blogger Robin said…

    You guys are always in our prayers and if you need me for anything call!

     
  • At 3:32 PM, Blogger FosterMommy said…

    Poor little Princess!
    I hope she pulls through quickly. I'll be thinking about her and the whole family.

     
  • At 4:03 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    You, Princess and the rest of your family are definitely in my thoughts and prayers.

    So sorry that you have been experiencing the medical run-around.

    Lisa
    http://sunshinegirlonarainyday.blogspot.com/

     
  • At 4:04 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    Oh -- I just read the updated post from your sister....

    Praying for Princess to pull through, and for you and your family to know that you are not alone,

    Lisa
    http://sunshinegirlonarainyday.blogspot.com/

     
  • At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Update on princess-
    Princess passed away upon arrival to the N.O. Hospital. All attempts to revive her failed and if they had succeeded she would most likely have been brain dead. Please continue the prayers and support for my sister and her husband through this difficult time. Funeral arrangements are pending and I will continue to update until my sister can.
    Thanks,
    Jeanne

     
  • At 5:56 PM, Blogger Robin said…

    I am so sorry. Please call me and let me know what I can do. Even if it is just driving down and watching smiley while you guys have a chance to grieve or make arrangements or whatever. Or if you need someone to scream at or with CALL ME! I will call again tomorrow, but will understand if you don't want to talk. Trust me; you will not offend me at all.
    I’m sending all of my love and prayers for you and your family.

     
  • At 6:07 PM, Blogger Cat Lady said…

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.

     
  • At 6:19 PM, Blogger MJ said…

    Im so incredibly sorry, my prayers are with you and your family.

     
  • At 6:34 PM, Blogger TeamWinks said…

    I am so so so very sorry. My prayers are with you and your family.

     
  • At 7:10 PM, Blogger Adrienne said…

    I just came over from another blog - I am so very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

     
  • At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Flicka said…

    I just came over from another blog, too. I am so, so sorry. I can't even imagine your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. If there's anything I can do, I want to do it. Please email at casa.vacant@gmail.com

    xo
    Flicka

     
  • At 7:38 PM, Blogger Cathleen said…

    I am so sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

     
  • At 7:57 PM, Blogger The Town Criers said…

    I came over from another blog too. I am so sorry. Sending good thoughts to the entire family.

     
  • At 8:13 PM, Anonymous baggage said…

    I am so very sorry.

     
  • At 8:42 PM, Blogger Fostermama said…

    I am so so sorry. I can't imagine. My thoughts are with you and your family tonight.

     
  • At 8:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Praying for you and your family at this difficult time. I am so sorry you are going through this.

     
  • At 9:23 PM, Blogger seattlegal said…

    I came from another blog as well, and I am so, so sorry. You are in my prayers.

     
  • At 9:40 PM, Anonymous Katalyst said…

    I am so so sorry... Baggage said you needed prayers...

     
  • At 9:46 PM, Anonymous cluttergirl said…

    Oh I am so sorry. I am here via Baggage too. Oh my. Crying. I cannot imagine how devastated you must be. May life be gentle with you right now.

     
  • At 9:48 PM, Anonymous Anna in IL said…

    Oh, I am so, so sorry. I can't imagine how awful this is for you, and how sad you must feel.

    So sorry that Princess's story didn't have the ending we'd all hoped, dreamed, and prayed for.

     
  • At 10:01 PM, Blogger Iselyahna said…

    I'm so sorry...

     
  • At 10:17 PM, Blogger Awesome Mom said…

    I am so sorry for your loss!

     
  • At 10:25 PM, Blogger Maerlowe said…

    I am so so sorry.

     
  • At 10:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am so sorry Dream Mommy.

    -MB

     
  • At 10:46 PM, Blogger Bea said…

    I've just been told about your tragedy by another blogger. I don't know what to say except, I'm sorry.

    Bea

     
  • At 10:50 PM, Blogger FosterAbba said…

    I am sorry. There are no words. My sympathies go out to you, your family and everyone who cared about this little baby.

     

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