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RSV, Part Two.

*sigh*

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.

*sigh*

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.

*SIGH*

I can’t wait for all the sickness to go away so we can have some fun!

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The Happenings…

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.

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Of course. Someone is sick.

Of course this would happen.

So on Wednesday when I picked the girls up from Grandma’s house (my MIL), I couldn’t help but notice the dry cough she (my MIL) seemed to have. I ignored it and got out of there as soon as possible.

Sure enough Thursday I felt a little scratchy in my throat. Friday, I noticed a dry cough from myself every now and then. Today, I’ve really noticed that I’ve developed a dry cough.

I checked my voicemails and sure enough I’ve got one from my MIL asking me to have Hubby call her. Sure as my hair is red, she’s sick. Can hardly speak long enough to ask me to have him call her. She is prone to getting laryngitis (spelling?) a few times a year. Last time she had it, she claimed it wasn’t contagious and that she couldn’t pass it on to anyone. Of course, immediately following that I became sick and it lasted for nearly THREE MONTHS. I’m pissed because after 53 years of getting this laryngitis thing… she should really be able to recognize the symptoms by now! ARGH!!! So I hope this dry cough of mine doesn’t develop any further. I’m due in two weeks and I really, really, really, really, REALLY can’t afford to get sick at this point. Seriously. I need to be in excellent health so I can have be an involved laborer, establish breastfeeding so I can actually do it this time around, and more or less – NOT BE SICK. Why couldn’t she just tell us she was sick??? I really HATE when people put my family’s health at risk. REALLY HATE. It’s becoming more of a pet peeve lately than spelling/grammar mistakes. ARGHHHHHHHH.

So now I’m in a scramble to develop a list of emergency care takers in case I go into labor before she’s not sick anymore…. this could not be worse timed, right? On top of it, I had told them a couple weeks ago that yes, we’d be attending Christmas Eve so long as no one was sick… guess we won’t be going to Christmas Eve this year – I just wish it was someone other than my MIL that was preventing us from being there. I hate that it makes me feel like a bad daughter-in-law… but she knows my feelings on us being around sick people. I am dreading the phone call in which I need to tell her that we won’t be there. Maybe I’ll make Hubby tell her.

*le sigh* Now I’m really hoping Snowdrop doesn’t come until 2010 – so hopefully by then my MIL will not be sick anymore and we won’t have to scramble for someone to watch our two year old twins while I’m in labor – yeah, cause there’s a lot of people just itching to be in on THAT call list. LOL… we’re so screwed.

At least I got my Christmas Cards sent out today! Go Me!! 🙂

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I’m a germ-a-phobe but only because “People” are incapable of admitting when they are sick & also incapable of staying in their homes like hermits when they are sick. Which they should be doing instead of doing anything else.

I’ve had this “cold” now for almost three weeks. Saturday will mark three weeks. I’m on my second round of anti-biotics trying to kick this thing to the curb. So very irritating.

I got it from Hubby’s mother.

She neglected to tell us she had been feeling sick so it was quite a surprise when we all went to birthday dinner a couple weekends ago and she came sniffling & coughing. Of course, I woke up the next morning feeling less than stellar.

Oh, great.

I really HATE when people are sick and don’t tell other people that they’ve been feeling under-the-weather. In fact, I’m really big on it. If I’m feeling sick, I let someone know. It’s up to me not to spread disease around. And I feel like other people should have the same courtesy.

It’s especially unnerving because of the flu season coming and all the crapola about the swine flu and all the general winter sicknesses that seem to come around at this time of year. I’m nervous to even go to the grocery store. I carry Clorox wipes with me to wipe everything off before I touch it – I feel like a freak. However, everywhere I go someone is coughing, sneezing, wiping their faces & then grabbing things off shelves. Just last week, I was at the carpet store looking at samples. A customer who had been there longer than I that day, excused herself twice to the bathroom since the time I had arrived. When she was about to head off to the facilities for a third time, she announced “I really haven’t been feeling well the last few days. I probably should have stayed home and not come out. Excuse me for another minute.” YOU THINK??? Thanks for spreading disease, lady. I excused myself and told the store employees that I’d be back to look at carpet samples closer to the time we’d be needing to pick it out for installation.

YUCK. Yes, Customer #1, you SHOULD HAVE stayed home instead of risking the health of everyone around you. YUCK.

It’s especially dangerous for me, a pregnant woman, to get sick. Like with the current respiratory thing I’ve got going on now. My lungs are all shoved up in my ribcage and cramped in such a way that they’re having trouble letting me breathe most days. Let alone, of course, heal themselves. So the doctor placed me on antibiotics and when the first round didn’t work, we’re now trying a second round.

My MIL takes Junie & Mags once a week for the afternoon so I can get some free time.  So this week, when she called to confirm, I asked if everyone was feeling well or if people had been sick. (Her, the FIL, the Grandpa-In-Law, and my Hubby’s cousin all live at the house.) She said “Oh yeah, we’re all doing great! Couldn’t be healthier.” Of course, when we came back to pick the girls up and eat dinner, there she is coughing away through dinner. I thought she said everyone was doing well… WTF. If you’re not feeling well, TELL ME. I won’t bring my kids over. I’d rather not risk getting sick even if it means I don’t get an afternoon off. It’s worth it to me to not get my ‘break’. People need to take health seriously. People need to be responsible enough to say “Hey, I’m really not feeling well. Although it will PAIN ME to not see my granddaughters for a whole week longer, I think it would be best if they stayed with you today instead of coming over. I really don’t want to get anyone sick.” My mom lives over 300 miles away; she deals with not seeing her granddaughters. She hasn’t seen them since Easter. Big whoop. It’s just a week. I wish people would take being sick and spreading disease seriously. GEEZ.

This of course, will become more of a deal once Snowdrop arrives. I’m nervous to leave Junie & Mags with Hubby’s parents because what if they happen to have colds the same week I give birth. They have a cold, they give it to my daughters, and then I need to decide whether or not to allow my daughters back into my home. If they’ve got a cold and come home, I risk spreading disease to my newborn child. It’s really bad when a baby gets sick. Dangerous, even. If my daughters have a cold the same week I give birth, then they can’t come see their new sister. That’s a big deal to me. That’s a big deal in general. It’s so very important that the girls get to come to the hospital and see their sister. And that they get to be at home with us when we bring Snowdrop home. That they get to be there to get to know their sister and that they get to know that this sister hasn’t replaced them.

And although feet will have to be stepped on if necessary, I really don’t want the In-Laws to feel like I’m excluding them… but they haven’t really proven to be honest about their health, have they? I really don’t want to have the girls in the delivery room with us (I mean, what? Would we put them in a double stroller for 20 hours????) but if people have been sick, I really don’t have a different choice. Right?

I know I sound like a crazy, germaphobe, nutball – but I don’t care. I don’t want my family sick when I can prevent it by not letting people in and not letting my family into sickhouses.

This weekend, Hubby & I are supposed to go to an all-day music fest thing on Sunday. Of course, I’m paranoid about going. I’m worried about catching something while we’re there and I’m also concerned about not being able to bring my own food into the place. I can’t fast all day long, so I’ve got to be able to bring something in. I don’t trust the people that are working there, handling money, touching food, having contact with thousands of people… it just seems like that creates much more of an “opportunity” for germ-spreading. YUCK. Plus, being pregnant I really need to be more careful.

I’d also be a big freakin’ hypocrite if I went on Sunday considering I’ve been sick myself. Which is also why I don’t want to go.

This really sucks. I hate sick people.

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