"I see you've made yourself all sick again"
Parents, I need some guidance. My bird has been sick. I was calling it a cold for a few days and then she started coughing. She typically gets a cold that last for about 2 days and then I get it and I'm sick for weeks. She has really never been sick like this so I don't know what's "normal" for a sick kid. She's got a great immune system and I am sooooo grateful. In her 5 1/2 years, she's only been on an antibiotic (notwithstanding flagyl) once. Well, this is time #2. Zithromax. It's bronchitis. Her cough was awful. The good news is that this round of antibiotics is only 5 days. We're on day #3. I also gave her some mucinex to loosen the stuff in her lungs. She seems to be feeling better and her cough has already improved a lot. But... her behavior and her ASD stuff looks worse. She's not so easy to engage and she won't answer questions. Instead, she'll just echo the question back at me. She's using single words to request things like "apple juice" instead of her usual "apple juice, please, mommy" or "can I have apple juice please?" Those are kind of scripts, but it's still more than just the one word. She's a bit stimmier than she'd been the last 2 weeks and harder to calm down, too.
We were riding the high of a round of flagyl: longer sentences, longer engagement, more fun, funny, less stimmy. Just all around WAY better. I swear, it gets harder and harder to be a skeptic when I see the amazing improvements after a round of flagyl. I think that's why I'm so upset about this little setback. It's just that she was doing so so so well and I'm not ready for this high to come back down.
So, parents, here's what I need from you... please tell me if your kids typically regress a little bit when they're sick and/or on antibiotics. I need you to set me straight before I go crazy (ok, fine. crazier). When and if they do take a step back or so during illness, do they bounce back? I'm scared.
It never gets easier. Every time she takes a step back, I freak; even though I've been through this a million times (well, not a million, but it kinda feels like it) and she has come back. It's just that her progress is sooooo slow and I get nervous when she moves in the wrong direction. So, moms and dads reading this can you please leave me a comment or an email, or a text, or a facebook/twitter message or something to help calm me down?!!