The bugs have invaded our house, and it sure seems early to me this year. Last week my youngest was really sick. Tuesday she was coughing and then was having so much trouble breathing that we were giving her breathing treatments every 2 or 3 hours all night long. By morning the treatments were barely lasting an hour so we headed to the doctor. Her blood oxygen was 94% (which is REALLY low), so they gave her a couple more breathing treatments, nose-swabbed her for RSV (Dr. was nearly sure it was RSV based on how her lungs sounded), and sent us home with steroids to add to the breathing treatments.
We returned the next day for a follow-up, and she was doing better, but her double ear infection from 2 weeks ago had not cleared, so they gave her an antibiotic shot. We returned yet again the next day and her ears were a little better, but she recommended a 20-day antibiotic treatment because her swab came back positive for Strep and the Flu. The RSV test had not yet come back. All the while we were doing breathing treatments every four hours with the steroid in the treatment 3 times a day. She was miserable!! Thankfully she is on the up, but now I think I'm getting some combination of those germs. My throat hurts, so it's probably strep. Yay for me.
It's amazing how when one of your kids is sick the whole world seems to stand still for a time. Everything went by the wayside last week as I was trying to get the baby feeling better. My days were planned according to when I would do breathing treatments and what absolutely had to get accomplished in between those times. And, since she was waking up at least once a night after that initial night of waking up every couple hours, I was exhausted. My daughter still had dance, my son still had karate, and we still needed to eat, which continues to be a challenge since we still don't have a kitchen (this is week 5 of no kitchen).
My house is still a mess as I try to catch up from last week - dirty toilets, dust piling up, laundry to be put away, and a good vacuuming would be nice. The only thing I finished over the weekend was laundry, which is actually quite an accomplishment considering it was FIVE people's worth of more than a week of dirty clothe plus towels. But, every day I am a Mom I realize that certain things are less and less important. It's important to have a clean house, but less so when there's a sick baby and hungry toddlers running around. What's a couple extra days of dirtiness or no laundry?
Hopefully, everyone will stay well for a little while. Last week really wore me out! Then again, I'm sitting here writing when I should be doing something else, but I must admit it's weird to clean when I have a kitchen full of men j We all have our priorities. :-)
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