Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sick, Sick, Sick

We have been sick at our house. It seems like it has been weeks since everyone has been well!
Ady was the first one. She had an ear infection and bronchitis.
The it was Zander's turn. He also had an ear infection and a very bad cough.
Then Daddy got it.
My husband has Crohn's disease. So, he basically has a non-functional immune system. When he gets sick, he gets SICK!
So, his symptoms were much worse than the kid's. After about 48 hours of not being able to keep any fluids in him, he asked me to take him to the ER Monday night. Thankfully, we have some wonderful friends that were willing to take care of the kids while we went. But, I didn't think I could leave the baby since I'm nursing, so she came along.
After about 6 hours of poking, prodding and lots of tests, they finally decided to admit him to the hospital. He was extremely dehydrated, and barely functional.
So, for the next 3 days, our life revolved around the hospital. Due to the threat of RSV, children 12 and under are not allowed to visit patients in the hospital. That meant that any time I wanted to be with my husband, I had to find someone to watch the kids. Again, I am SO very grateful to have such wonderful friends that were willing to help when I needed them! THANK YOU!
Brandon finally came home on Thursday afternoon. He is better than he was, but still doesn't have much energy and is recovering. I'm hoping he'll be able to go back to work tomorrow.

Just when we thought the worst was over... last night the baby woke up with a fever of 101.5. Since she is only two months old, I was pretty concerned. I called the on-call nurse with our pediatrician's office and she recommended that I take her to the ER. Not what I wanted to hear.
I took her to Phoenix Children's Hospital. They were very good. They got us admitted right away, and moved us into a separate waiting room so that we didn't have to worry about all the other bugs floating around with the other kids there.
They said that since she is so young, and her fever was so high, they needed to do blood and urine tests to check for infections. Plus, her nose was VERY congested, so they wanted to clean that out to help her breathe better.
Two nurses came into the room to "torture" my child. I know it was for the best, but it was still hard to watch. She cried. A lot. So did I.
They didn't find anything serious. They said it's a fairly common viral infection, but it can be pretty scary in such a little one. They gave her Tylenol to bring the fever down and sent us home.
It was 5am when I got back home.
I don't think I've had a decent night's sleep in weeks.

Here's my little girl with her first Zadyball. I made it when I found a little bit of time among all the craziness.

5 comments:

by...Jackie (aka, mom, grammie) said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family....prayers that you all get healthy soon! Glad to hear your husband is doing better...and in time he will get his strength back. Been worried about all of you...take care and YOU get rest when you can!

hillari said...

That sounds exactly like what we have been going through over here. minus the hospital part. But I don't think we've all been healthy in about 6 weeks. And now I'm getting it! So sad about Ainzlee--glad she' okay.

Krystal said...

you are an amazing woman to be caring for such a sick bunch, and to get such little sleep and still function, AND to still find time between it all to make an adorable Zadyball for your baby. good luck to you guys!

THE O'NEILL FAMILY said...

I am glad last week is over for you... hopefully this week goes much better. Hope everyone gets well and you can catch up on some sleep!

The Dominguez Family said...

So sorry to hear that your family has been so sick. Hope you guys get well real soon.