We took all three girls back to the doctor yesterday for a follow-up apointment. Junie & Mags are doing better however the fluid in Junie’s ears have developed into an infection. She’s still on antibiotics from the RSV so the doctor said to call her in a week (or later this week) if it looks like it hasn’t gone away. Both big girls need to continue with the breathing treatments this week but now only twice day.
My poor Snowdrop is still really sick. While the breathing treatments have helped her breathe, her cough is still pretty bad. So they did a nebulizer treatment in the office and it helped her a little bit. She’s also got the beginnings of an ear infection. (WTF. I thought breastfeeding was supposed to help against these things…) So the doctor put her on amoxicillian and nebulizer treatments. We bought the nebulizer (why not! there’s a good chance we’ll end up needing it some day down the road for another kid, right? The mask came with eyeball stickers. I have no comment about that. I’m just weirded out.) and needless to say, she really HATES it. Screamed the entire first session at home. It was awful. She gets the nebulizer every four hours. It doesn’t take long, ten or fifteen minutes, but it seems like a lifetime when your 3 month old is upset and incosolable.
I feel like such a terrible mom for taking her out of the house. If I had left her, and her sisters, home instead of dragging them to church – or if I had been a mean mom and said no to pony rides at the circus, they might not be sick. It drives me crazy. Yeah, I know that it’s good for them to get sick so they build up immunities to stuff but… it’s just so terrible to watch your children be sick. It’s the worst. Especially with something like RSV that can be so dangerous to a very young baby. And I’m also really grossed out by other people’s germs, the tranfer of germs from person to person, and people’s general hygeine habits. YUCK. This experience is no good for my general germ-a-phobe habits & fears. I’m afraid this Fall/Winter I won’t let the kids out from September until May. 😉
Snowdrop goes back next week for another followup, unless she gets any worse or doesn’t improve in which case we bring her straight to the hospital afterhours or to the office during the daytime. And both big girls go back next month for an Ear Checkup. I’m debating scheduling the big girls on a different day than Snowdrop because she (Snowdrop) will need her 4 month checkup next month, likely in addition to a followup appointment from this RSV crap.
In happier news, Junie & Mags have become OBSESSED with “Mon-ter Movie” (translation: Monster Movie aka Monsters, Inc.). They want to watch it every day -which is fine with me. I find it to be funny (“We’re rehearsing for a new play, yeah, Put that thing back where it came from or so help me!”) and it’s quite enjoyable to watch them watching the movie and seeing their reactions. I love it when they laugh.
Mags just informed me that she “Wants a baby”. I told her to go get her baby dolly, I’m not ready to be a grandmother yet.
I can’t wait for all the sickness to go away so we can have some fun!
Not much has gone on this week other than all three kids coming down with the same nasty cold! Mags had it first, followed by Juniper. Of course, I went into germ-freak-overdrive and disinfected everything, washed my hands a MILLION times over the course of five days, kept the baby in the kitchen to keep her away from the girls. It was my hope to spare her (Snowdrop, the baby) from acquiring this cold but alas, she caught it anyways. I suppose it was bound to happen. My poor kids have been coughing and sniffling, wiping snot off their faces, and dealing with us trying to clean their noses out. Well, it hasn’t gotten that bad yet with Snowdrop – I’m really hoping she avoids the worst of the cold. I’m breastfeeding her, afterall. Isn’t she supposed to get SOME immunities from that?
I narrowed it down to two days. The girls either picked up the disease from the circus two Saturdays ago OR they got it the next day from the sick college girl who sat in the pew in front of us at Mass. Either way, I’m disgusted. Carnie germs or College germs. They’re both pretty bad. In any case, I’m calling the doctor in about fifteen minutes because Snowdrop really sounds like crap and we think she might have RSV. Which sucks. The big girls had RSV when they were babies and it was one of the worst experiences of my life as a mother. The worst.
The receptionist told me on Wednesday when I wanted to bring Snowdrop in that I couldn’t give the baby Benedryl (like I would anyways) and that I could set up a humidifier to help her. The doctor is “on conference” and won’t be back until next week. If she wasn’t better the next day, I should call back & they’ll set up an appointment for next week even though a nurse practitioner is there this week. Well, I didn’t call back because she hadn’t gotten much worse but by last night she was wheezing. Ugh. I really hate it when my kids are sick! Mags has a low fever today (99.9 something) (well, it was 100.3 last night) & Junie feels a little warm but I didn’t take her temperature. Something about a morning melt-down about wanting a banana distracted me from taking her temperature – she’s such a little minx.
Anyways. So we’re missing an Easter Egg Hunt at the local YMCA today because they’re sick. And we’ll be skipping their friend’s birthday party tomorrow because they’re sick. And of course, I’m torn about what to do on Sunday. It’s Easter. It’s like the most important day to attend Mass. I think even maybe more important than Christmas! And if they’re sick, well, I can’t take them to church and get other people sick. Because clearly, you can get germs in church. Bad ones based on the way my children sound these days, let me tell you.
Okay. Time to call the doctor’s office. Blagh.
So my family is scheduled to come in tomorrow night for a weekend visit. My sisters will be staying with us but my parents and younger brother will be in a hotel (THANK GOD). When they first planned the trip, I said it was fine to come visit but that if anyone has been sick that we’d rather they didn’t come down.
Now my relationship with my parents (specifically my mother, no surprise) has always been strained. (It’s difficult for me to look past the day she said that she & my dad should have adopted six dogs instead of six kids…) OF COURSE, she’s come down with what sounds (over the phone) like a bad chest congestion/upper respiratory infection/etc. She’s had it now for three weeks and just went on antibiotics at the beginning of this week. As of yesterday, she says that she’s feeling better – but really, she could hardly speak and she kept coughing!
I can’t help but worry, of course. I cannot get sick again – it took nearly seven weeks for me to get rid of the respiratory infection I had back in September. My lung capacity at this point in time is much less than back then… I really can’t get sick.
So if I tell them not to come down, she’ll hold a grudge on me until the day the world ends and they’ll end up not coming down for a whole year (yep, because of the grudge) and she’ll mention it any time she can about how I wouldn’t let her in my house because she was sick.
But if I let them come down and visit… I’m risking getting sick and having potentially bad complications because of it. And I’ll be paranoid the whole time about her germ-ing up my disease free home.
What do I do??