What a week this has been

by admin on October 30, 2008

There is nothing like having a sick kid make you practically fall apart as a parent. I can’t stand seeing my kids sick and this week we were unfortunate enough to have both of our kids ill. My son had a cold he was kind enough to share with me a few weeks ago and we have been in a silent competition to see who could make the cold stick around the longest.

On Monday he seemed to be turning the corner and I told him so on the way to preschool. Well, I picked him up from preschool and within a half hour of being home he complained of an excruciating backache and he started a fever that spiked up to 103.6 in no time.

Needless to say, momma and I were a bit frightened. That is a huge change in temperature from nothing to 103.6.

So we called his pediatrician (and they are absolutely wonderful there) and they said to get the pain manageable and try to get his fever down with some Tylenol. Well, we gave him a hot bath to make his backache go away which worked. The Tylenol did not. He puked it right back up as soon as it hit his stomach.

By this point he had calmed down considerably but was still throwing up (mostly phlegm) every so often. We spoke with the on-call nurse at his pediatrician’s and they said to keep him comfortable and as long as his breathing was okay we could wait to take him in to the doctor’s in the morning.

His breathing was okay and he spent a fitful night’s sleep between momma and I for safe monitoring. I lined up the doctor’s appointment and added an appointment for his younger sister who had been experiencing similar symptoms (before the backache and fever) and I wanted to make sure she didn’t get the same crud.

At the appointment we found out that younger sister had the start of an ear infection and she had antibiotics prescribed (which she thinks are quite yummy) to clean that up. Our son wasn’t let off so easy. His breathing and other preliminary exams didn’t show any classic signs of pneumonia, but the pediatrician (God bless him) was concerned enough to order a chest x-ray. Well, the chest x-ray showed a spot of pneumonia and since he wasn’t keeping any meds down we had to admit him to the hospital so he could get his meds through an IV and get him hydrated, too.

He is home now and back to his old rambunctious self. He’s not getting any free passes on his behavior though. 😉

So here we are and it’s Thursday already. My ‘To Do’ list got thrown out the window as soon as my kids were sick. Getting them healthy took priority over everything else and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m just glad that I’m blessed enough to be able to work from home so I didn’t have to worry about getting time off.

Week’s like these really let you appreciate your family’s health.

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