Just after I published my last post regarding Oleander's mysterious ailment, Sister Hope called to update me on their latest trip to the new family doctor. Oleander's new doc will be testing her for Lyme Disease (as suggested by some dear family friends of ours), and for various food allergies, based on our family history of food issues. So far so good, right? Then the doctor suggested Oleander begin taking an antidepressant, just in case this really is just a case of homesickness manifesting itself as a physical symptom. Excuse me? Every doctor she has seen has noted Oleander is very well adjusted and happy in her current pursuits. Not a single one has suggested she is depressed, or homesick. But this doctor wants to put my child on a controlled substance just in case she just might be a tad bit homesick??? That sounded crazy to both Sister Hope and myself. That is one prescription we will not be filling, at least not even considered until Oleander has been tested for the other possibilities.
Oh, by the way, Oleander was still having digestive issues even when at home with us in April. We'll keep an eye on it when she comes home for the summer, but as often as we have visited the possibility, the resounding consensus from the Sisters, most of the doctors, Oleander, Wingnut and I is Oleander has a mysterious stomach problem, but is otherwise healthy and content.