My sweet little girl has been one sick ‘baby’ for the past few days. It hurts me to see her in pain!
She began with a slight fever Thursday evening and throughout the day Friday. Friday night was a little rough but meds were keeping the fever down. Because Hannah’s history with fevers = ear infections I took her to urgent care Friday night. The doctor said her ears were a little plugged but it was not an infection and she was fine unless her fever continued.
Saturday she was her normal happy self in the morning so we headed out to gymnastics then went to a local Santa Claus parade. She napped in the afternoon and woke up a little bit ‘rough’ but that's not unusual after a nap so we continued on with plans to meet my brother and SIL to go to another parade. We bundled up and Hannah had lots of fun dancing to the music and waving at the people in the parade.
Once we got into the car…she lost it! Poor sweetie! At the time I didn’t realize how poorly she had been feeling or I never would have taken her. There were many tears as we waited for traffic to move and eventually she fell asleep. Once home I took her temp and it was up again so I topped up her meds and settled her in bed. She remained asleep but woke up within about 20 mins and needed comforting. By then I knew that Sunday would be a day at home so I cancelled my nursery commitment and lunch with Nana and Papa.
Saturday night was rough! Hannah woke often and I had to keep her meds up to control her fever.
Sunday morning I was so thankful that I’d decided we’d stay home. My feverish baby was struggling and my happy-go-lucky gal was cranky. Understandable for sure. Auntie K offered to come over with Pea so that I could run out and get a few groceries. While my first thought was to say, ‘no thank you’ I realized now was one of those really good times for me to accept that gift of help that was being offered. I told her yes and they came by for a wonderful playtime! Hannah had a great time with Auntie K and Pea and I was able to buy our weekly groceries and stuff to make some chicken soup. It felt weird to be at the store without her but I was also able to get a lot done in a much shorter amount of time. As I went through the store I looked into the cart and laughed. All the groceries were in the lower part because I’m used to the items in the top being fair game for my co-pilot. I also realized towards the end that I’d filled one side of the seat with groceries but the spot where Hannah normally sits was totally empty. Yes, it was great to take an hour to do groceries on my own but I missed my gal and was excited to get home to her.
After lunch I tried to put her down for her nap but she was out of sorts and it was easy to see that even though her meds were up to date she was in pain. She kept telling me her teeth hurt but I’m wondering if it’s a sore throat and she just doesn’t know how to explain to me where the pain is. I decided a trip back to urgent care was in order once again. (So thankful for free medical coverage!!) We saw a different doctor this time and in the 36 hours since our last visit her congested ears had turned into a double ear infection. Poor little love!! No wonder she was having such a rough time! She began a course of antibiotics for the next 10 days and truth be told, I was really hoping I would see improvements even overnight.
Unfortunately the opposite happened. As on Saturday night, she slept fitfully and woke numerous times during the night crying and needing comfort and telling me her teeth hurt. My normally awesome sleeper was fitful and restless. I knew by very early in the morning that Hannah needed a day at home with Mommy on Monday.
I woke up and emailed the 3 people I report to at work sharing a bit of what Hannah was going through and that I was going to stay home with her for the day. Can I just say that they were amazing! All 3 of them took the time to write back to tell me they were praying for/thinking of Hannah and telling me I was exactly where I needed to be. What a blessing it is to work in a job that I love and also with great co-workers and supervisors!
Today was a-w-f-u-l for Hannah! AWFUL!!! I have never seem my little love so sick! Yesterday was bad but today was terrible! She had no voice and whenever she coughed or sneezed she burst into tears as the pain was so bad. Oh how it hurt me to see her hurting so! I now wonder if it could be her sinuses that are hurting her? We spent the day together, much of it cuddled together on the couch as she just wanted to be held.
Cuddling with her ‘Stacy blankie.’ A gift from a dear friend.There was no other place I wanted to be either! (That being said, I’ve seen about as much Mickey Mouse Clubhouse as I care to for a while. Thankfully I had a couple of Tinker Bell movies on the PVR that neither of us had seen and we enjoyed those together.)
Her nap this afternoon was all but non-existent so I decided on a whim to take her to our family doctor. (You know it’s on a whim when I left the house with no make-up on and having not showered in ummm…4 days! Sick kiddos will do that to you.) Our doctor and nurse are amazing and the moment I showed up in their office they took us in. Dr. Fitz reaffirmed that she did have a double ear infection and also that the antibiotics she’s on should do the trick. That works for me. There’s just something comforting about hearing the exact same thing from our family doctor.
Hannah finally napped on my lap from about 4:00 – 5:30 and then woke up asking to go to bed. I know Hannah is sick when the past 2 days she has been asking over and over again to go to bed from 5:30 onwards! That’s not my gal! Both nights I stretched things out by giving her a bath and tonight she was distracted from how she was feeling by glow sticks in the tub.
I put her to bed at her normal time of 8:00 but tonight was different. Even though she was still in pain and needed meds for that, she didn’t have a fever! For the first time since Thursday night she didn’t have a fever when her meds wore off! She’s been awake and needed snuggles 4 times so far tonight but she’s been cool to the touch each time. Thank you Lord!
So, I’m hoping that she’s turned a corner and is on the mend. Those who have known she’s been sick have been praying. Thank you! There is nothing like knowing others are lifting your sick child before The Great Physician!
I’ll see how tonight goes and decide in the morning if I’ll stay home again or take her to daycare. Ange is amazing and their family has been fighting the same battle this weekend. Poor Noah and Hannah!
Must run….my lovey needs more cuddles so I’m going to call it a night.
Thank you for praying