difficult child related illness??


Been on my mind lately.

Since difficult child 2 came along, I spend most of the winter months on antiobiotics due to sinus infections. This wasn't a problem prior to difficult child 2. So I finally asked for a referral to a specialist to see if I can't get on top of this. He did some cat scans and testing, including allergy testing.

I've always had allergies, but I am now highly allergic to over 40 of the 50 different things I was tested for. The last time I was tested I was highly allergic to cats, dust, and mold, and a few other minor things.

I've always wondered if the infections were due to lack of sleep since difficult child 2's sleep is still sporadic - now I'm wondering how these allergies fit in there. I'll bet its all related somehow, tho may never know exactly how.


New Member
It is likely that with lack of sleep your immune system goes wacky. I've been told that by my Dr. I'm always sick lately, it seems. I hope you stsrt to feel better soon. It's never easy, is it?


Well-Known Member
You know, I'm not a doctor but I trully believe in both the power of sleep and the power of our mind. When I'm feeling like a cold is coming on, I load up on the liquids, oj, and make sure I get a good nights' sleep. It usually works. I find I get the sickest when I'm run down, not eating right, and not getting enough sleep. Wait, that's kinda like all the time, welcome to motherhood, huh?



Former desparate mom
<span style='font-size: 11pt'>Shari, I wouldn't be surprised if stress triggered different responses in each of us. I always figure it goes for our weakest area. If you were already suspetible to allergies it would make sense that it gets worse when you are stressed/exhausted. I'm with LDM, a good night's sleep, an afternoon nap with no one home or a overnight away from the house and kids and all that goes into being a mom helps recharge the batteries and stregthens the immune system. </span>


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I'm just like you. Sinus infections every winter. Duckie didn't sleep through the night until 19 months old. I got into the habit of staying up late to keep caught up with household duties. I can't do it anymore. I need my rest as well.


Just for giggles, I picked up the allergy test results I had done 5 years ago this summer.
I was mildly allergic to cats, even more mildly allergic to horses, and dust.
Quite a change for 5 years.
PS - TM, difficult child 2 slept thru the night til he was about a year old, then he quit and didn't again until he was 3+. Now its sporadic. Fun, huh???