Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sunshine, Burgers, & Hats or You’d Never Believe He Was Sick

Breathe a sigh of relief with me: Charles is better, back at daycare, and I am back at work.   Ahhhh…


Last week sucked, I never want to repeat it, and I don’t want to even think about it anymore.  Instead, let’s talk about what kind of miraculous recovery this kid made:

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He looks downright normal, doesn’t he?  I mean, a bit peeved, maybe, that I put gloves on him, but normal and healthy all the same.  What, don’t you do strange things to your kids to frustrate them teach them adaptability?


We even got some outside-time in while the weather was nice, both at the park and in the backyard:

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Check out that flowering cherry tree!  The scourge of our sidewalk come summer, when the sticky, inedible cherries start falling (someone once told me they were decorative, to which I just snorted.  Please, how is cherry mush and a carpet of pits under your feet, just waiting to trip you, decorative?).  Right now, the tree, along with many hundred of its brethren in Mount Vernon, is the scourge of residents’ allergies.

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Charles managed to lose over a pound last week, so when he expressed interest in eating hamburgers with us, we let him go for it, much to our amusement:

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Finally, to remind myself that before young master Charles started hacking bodily fluids all over me I dressed up and went out for the THIRD TIME in as many months, here is a photo of me and my fabulous hat for my hat-themed Rotary Auction:

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It’s not the best photo, but you get the idea.  At the auction, Tony and I bought a trip to Zihuatenejo, Mexico in May, so now we have a post-tax-season trip to look forward to.  And we’re not taking Charles!  Heaven in a margarita glass, just what I wished for so many times last week.

Monday, February 15, 2010

What I Wouldn’t Give for a Margarita Right Now

The past few days have somewhat reminded me of when Charles was new, holding him long hours of the day, burning through library books, worrying over his every sigh.  The differences lie in the sensations, the actions, the muscle aches (though there were plenty back then, too).


Instead of checking for infant breaths with a jolt of adrenaline when I realized that I had drifted to space or whatever, now Charles’ breathing is so fast and raspy as to dominate thought.  Instead of the faintly sour odor of baby vomit, I have been the recipient of the foul-smelling barf of a 1.25-year-old when he coughs so hard his gag reflex kicks in.  And the poop.  Oh, Lord, I won’t even go there.  But I think you know.


Too, the past 96 hours have mimicked the roller coaster of emotions from my early days of motherhood, only now, instead of dealing with hormone fallout and a new baby, my child is strong enough to exert his will, to wriggle out of my arms and writhe in pain on the floor, to bang his forehead into mine in agony, and to cause me no end of stress and exhaustion, not to mention anxiety. 


We went to the ER on Saturday, a product of a prolonged, elevated temperature and the aforementioned floor writhing, during which I helplessly called Tony and explained that “something” wasn’t right and he needed to come home from work right now.  The doctors don’t know what the writhing was, but the rest of it, the dripping-faucet nose, the diarrhea, the ear infections, the cough, the temp, the 90-mile-an-hour breathing, was all related to RSV, a respiratory virus assaulting Charles’ 15-month-old lungs.  Were he any smaller, he probably would’ve been admitted right away and put on oxygen, but as he is no small baby, he was given chest x-rays (clear), a popsicle, and a ticket home.  I was given instructions to bring him back in if it got “worse.” 


What is worse when your baby is retracting, wheezing, crying (when he has the energy, which is not often), and clinging for dear life to you?  I flipped my junk over this all night long, I even called the doctor on call, ultimately deciding that he hadn’t gotten worse, but not better either.  Same for all day yesterday, which Charles and I spent between the couch (when he was sleeping) and standing up and rocking (because that seemed to be the ONLY way he wanted to be held).  Remarkably, he has slept well overnight the past week, no small blessing.


Today he was put on Albuterol and Prednisone as his O2 saturation had dipped slightly (but not dangerously).  He proceeded to sleep until about 3:30 pm, at which point he could not be kept happy, calm, or even marginally content unless I stood and held him.  He has been drinking enough water, which is awesome, and another worry to strike from my list, and he finally perked up a bit at dinner and ate something.  Miracle!


He’s sleeping now. 


Yesterday, when Tony came home, I went for a run to clear my head.  Tony has already gone back to work, barely home an hour, so I guess I’ll do a workout video and eat some chocolate.  I *think* Charles is doing a bit better, but we’ll know more at the doc’s tomorrow.  Nevertheless, I have cancelled my plans for the week.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

greetings from sicksville

I can’t keep from coughing for very long, certainly not long enough to write anything substantial.  And the brokenness of my thoughts as I take a moment every minute or so to blow my nose makes the idea of writing seem… ummm… hard.  I can’t come up with a better adjective just now.  I’m sick.  Tony’s sick.  Our heads are floating somewhere in the upper atmosphere, and food doesn’t taste good, and we need more sleep, but we cough all night long.


Charles is feeling better, and has a shiny new molar to show for his double ear infections and croupy-awful cold from the past week.


In lieu of writing anything more profound (ha! You all know I don’t write anything profound ever), I will post a couple of videos.  The first is Charles at his weekly swim lesson, I was away, so mom captured his fun at the pool.  The second is Grandpa reading him to sleep on Monday.