I'm pretty sure that when God decides a woman should be with child, he casually forgets to mention that there are other jobs within motherhood that we don't get paid for. The disciplinarian, cook, maid, chauffer, cheerleader, oh and yes- one of the more important ones that people can actually earn a master's degree in is being NURSE! Yeah that lovely title is one that I have a formal education in (Bachelors degree for now).
Well there are a LOT of cooties going around right now- the "bugs" or viruses kids are getting are awful. Yesterday, just when I thought Julianna, who just had a mild runny nose and light cough over the weekend, was turning the corner- the whole situation changed. So now Julianna has a major cough (Monday afternoon), and her nose is running like a faucet.
Throw into that fun mix, the little Kelsey Bear whose rambunctious personality to begin with would leave most people's heads spinning, this poor kid then became something equivalent to the exorcist within moments, and that is when I knew that things were not going to be good. Thankfully my mom was able to come on over for a few minutes so I could run to the pharmacy around the corner sans sick kiddies and stock up on the necessary anti-viral tissues, pediacare multi-symptom cough/cold/whathaveyou, and copious amounts of hand sanitizer.
By this time thankfully the girls are playing nicely and don't appear to be "down and out". No fevers, no complaints, so I hold off on the meds and let them have their fun. By bedtime things were quite the different ordeal. I have never seen two toddlers go down so fast, crying and saying "mommy, I no feel good" (It's ok we are working on grammar over here). So nurse role kicks in, meds given, temps taken- fevers observed, tepid baths run, lightweight pj's and kiddies to bed all within about 45 mins (not to shabby for a solo operation in my opinion).
Whilst drying Kelsey Bear off with the towel, I notice that she now has green gunk (sorry for TMI) crusting her eyes and a bumpy extremely red rash covering her belly and upper thighs. I go from nurse mode back to mom-panic mode and call the husband and say "get your *$&%^#@ ass home, I need to take Kelsey to the ER and explained the situation. Well with the massive project at work that hubs has going on at the moment it was virtually impossible for him to be home before midnight, so I put her in bed with me, cold wash cloths, the thermometer on the nightstand, along with all possible meds, fluids, etc. She just about kept her eyes open but desperately wanted to watch Imagination Movers on the family "Hi Pad" as she refers to it. So I oblige- whatever will make this kid feel better I am game.
It is now approx. 2 am, the hubs and I decide to wait things out and let her stay in our bed for this ONE night, and if the symptoms worsened I would take her to the ER or the Pediatrician depending on the time of day. So here I sit, next to my sweet (snoring) baby girl, hoping that when she wakes up she feels a lot better. Big sister seems to be rounding the corner with just that tickly cough that is nagging as hell I'm sure for her.
Sorry to bore you all on this Tuesday morning with a case of the sickies here, but if you have a small prayer you could throw this way- we would be so appreciative!! Lots of love to you all!!