Monday, May 14, 2012

Third Time Around

Bea had her third treatment as Pittsburgh last Monday. Her tolerance for the vaccine was great on the day and she's had no noticable bruising at the injection site. Considering how deep this injection is the fact that she doesn't get a big bruise is pretty amazing. But, this time around Bea has complained about bad headaches. She was fine the day after but she has had a headache every day since. She hasn't had a headache in weeks and weeks. Tylenol gets rid of it quickly but I still don't like that she's getting them.

There are all kinds of reasons outside of the vaccine for her headaches right now. Bea has a cold and heavy cough and the cough bothers her head. It's getting hot in Georgia and she forgets to drink, especially at school. She had a class trip at a local nature center and then a field day last week. Not on the same day but back to back. I know she didn't drink as much as she should have because she never does. But, the headaches are a still cause for concern. I can't talk myself out of knowing that it could be the vaccine. That wouldn't be responsible.

The headaches can be a sign that the vaccine is causing swelling in her brain. There can are additional symptoms similar to what happened to her in December. I haven't seen them but am keeping watch for them. That has made life a bit more stressful over the past week but these are the ups and downs I'd been warned about. Day in and day out, week in and week out and month in and month out I'm riding them as best I can. My goal is to hit that ride into year in and year out.

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