Just A Spoonful of Sugar…

Today I am blogging over at Grown in My Heart, about “What if Jesus Has HIV.” Go on over and take a look.

I have a little family tidbit to share.  Eby came home from Ethiopia with a good case of a scalp fungal infection.  We tried to treat it a few times, but it kept creeping back.  Then last winter, we noticed that Little Man had some bald spots on his head…as we looked closely, we could see the familiar fungus we knew and did not love.

Our doctor prescribed another medication for the boys which they would take for four to six weeks.  I talked with the pharmacist who was going to order it and she told me that the cash price for four weeks of meds for one of the boys was $1400; with our insurance, it was still several hundred.  When she askedif I would be willing to crush pills and mix them in something, I readily agreed.

I hated adding one more messy thing to my life (selfish, I know), and as I thought about how coordinated Eby is, I decided to try teaching him to swallow pills.  Dimples learned at 5 1/2, so maybe Eby could do it at almost 5.  Wednesday night was our first attempt.  I put a scoop of chocolate pudding on a spoon, showed Eby that I was putting the pill inside it, then I told him, “Don’t use your teeth, just swallow it down,” and he did it!  We all cheered and clapped – he was so proud.

It was so easy that I decided to give it a try with Little Man too, although at 3 1/2, I had no idea if he could do it.  We repeated the entire process, and down it went, on the first try!  It has worked each night since and I am very, very thankful!!

We are having Samuel’s birthday dinner tonight since he had an orchestra rehearsal on Thursday.  There will be a few extra friends for a total of seventeen around the table for his 17th birthday!  The guys are grilling skewers of Teriyaki chicken and vegetables that will be accompanied by an eclectic round of side dishes:  baked potatoes, green bean casserole, and salad.  The meal will be topped off with our favorite Frango Mint Pie.  It is always fun seeing what the kids pick for their birthday dinners.

By the way, I realize that I didn’t post a new Tuesday Topic.  I apologize!  I’ll look through the suggestions I’ve gathered and post a good one next Tuesday for us to consider.

Happy Friday!

~Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. Andrea
    March 12, 2010

    Thank you for the idea. We had tried just getting E to drink water and that wasn't working.

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      March 12, 2010

      I hope it works for E. I was so thrilled that it worked for my boys. I hated to crush the pills and make it all taste yucky; I still don't eat strawberry jam from having antihistamines crushed in it as a child.

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  2. amy
    March 12, 2010

    I HATE scalp fungus too. We have had quite a few cases of it as we bring kids into our home, and it is a regular topic with my 4 year old girl who talks about going to the doctor with great fondness. They give such lousy ineffective stuff at the government hospital (the free health care for everyone who can't afford)—our only chance is going to a private dr and paying big time….but it did work last time with our other boy!

    just wanted you to know you are not alone in this scalp-fungus-fighting battle. I had given up hope of ever beating it, so I better get back in the game!

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      March 12, 2010

      Amy, I wish I had a way to get some better meds to you! We are hoping this one will do the trick.

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  3. Julie
    March 12, 2010

    You are amazing! I'm going to try that with some of my big kids who still have trouble swallowing pills.

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      March 12, 2010

      Let me know if it works!

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  4. Lisa H.
    March 13, 2010

    What was the med? Lucy is about to start her 3rd round of griseofulvin….

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  5. OneThankfulmom
    March 13, 2010

    We've moved on to four weeks of Diflucan. I don't know if I would do a third round of the griseofulvin – you might want to ask your doctor if he/she would consider Diflucan.

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  6. Laura
    March 13, 2010

    I still think Eby and Little Man need to give my Caleb a lesson! You would think at age 18 he could swallow pills. Maybe when he lives near you for college next year he can spend an afternoon learning!

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  7. Gina
    March 14, 2010

    Our oldest 2 kids had to take meds as little ones and both learned to swallow pills by the time they were 2. I don't remember how we taught them, but it was so much more convenient!

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      March 15, 2010

      Gina – two years old!! Now that is impressive.

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  8. Wendy
    March 14, 2010

    Pudding for taking pills…you're brilliant. My son has recurrent headaches from the whiplash he suffered in our car accident in December, and the herbal anti-inflammatory that I mix into applesauce still tastes HORRID, but we haven't had any luck with the pill-swallowing (even though he's 7 1/2). We'll try the pudding tomorrow-thanks as always!

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      March 15, 2010

      Wendy, I really hope it works for him. We did pill-training with Dimples and Sunshine when Dimples needed to take medication. We started by cutting gummy worms into small pieces, then we made them a tiny bit larger. Finally they swallowed tic-tacs and after that, they could swallow anything. It was really worth the effort. With the boys, the pudding just seemed like it would work and I'm so glad it did!

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  9. Stacy
    March 15, 2010

    Hmmmm…I'm gonna try that with my 12 year old…he won't swallow a pill for nothin'…my other one's don't mind 🙂

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  10. Karen
    March 15, 2010

    Liquids like Orange Juice or milk work well too–something that is a bit thicker than water. My girls can swallow big ol' pills and it doesn't bother them at all–unless they don't have OJ or milk to do it!

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  11. Stacy
    March 16, 2010

    I was warned that if I used too much shampoo with my two with VERY curly black hair, they would get fungal infections. We only wash once/month now and condition every 3 days–it hasn't been back, which is nice because those medicines are nasty.

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      March 16, 2010

      Eby came home with a fierce one and we just haven't been able to kick it. We actually don't use shampoo…only conditioner – advice I got from the Curly Girl book. Apparently conditioner has enough gentle cleanser that it is all they need. In the orphanages these scalp infections are common and they spread between the kids; it stinks that they are so hard to get rid of.

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