Halloween is Melancholy for Mama Panda

All these photos are from the year before The Dude was diagnosed with PANDAS.  He literally had 7-8 costumes and wore them every day throughout the month of October.  He loved Halloween and it made me so happy because I love it too! Halloween is melancholy for me now for a couple of reasons: My first real […]

The Birth Story – Part 2

So, we leave Professionals for Women’s Health.  I’m sobbing.  Hubs is trying to calm me down.  I’m convinced that no other doctor is going to be willing to see us and that I’m going to have to come back to these awful people. By the time we get home, I’m in ‘go mode.’  (That’s what […]

The Birth Story – Part 1

Yes…all my best stories are long stories.  As you know, today is The Dude’s birthday and it has me looking back on one of the most amazing experiences of my life.  I hope parents and future parents (whether you are from the PANDAS community or not) will take something from The Dude’s birth story. I’m […]

Why Mama Panda Bear – Part 4

The Dude with his Grandma.  What would we have done if she hadn’t been an Internet sleuth? Facebook, July 2012:  Yesterday, trying to get his shorts just right in the face of PANDAS sensitivity, I hear him mumble: ‘Oh my God! What are we DOING?’ Sounded just like me. Ugh… So, yes, as you can […]

Why Mama Panda Bear – Part 3

Facebook, June 30, 2012:  I feel like I need a week off work just to research my kid’s diagnosis and figure out how to do everything we need to be doing for him! Facebook, July 2012:  ‘Need to buy a present for a bday party for one of The Dude’s classmates today. Asked him what […]

Why Mama Panda Bear? Part 2

  Where it all started.  My husband and son sleeping mid-day because they both had strep! So now it’s mid-June 2012 and I’m armed with a possible diagnosis.  I read everything the NIMH has available on PANDAS, print it all out and make another appointment with the pediatrician. During the 3 days we wait to […]

Why Mama Panda Bear? (Part 1)

Awww…isn’t he cute?  PANDAS…it sounds adorable.  Unfortunately, the PANDAS I’m referring to is neither cute nor cuddly and has, at times, been devastating for my family. In May 2012, my 4 year old son (who had always been a super amiable, easy-going kid – we’ll refer to him as The Dude) began to exhibit some […]