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Thursday, December 10, 2009

And I'm Back...

So I have been MIA for the past few days due to the fact that Anthony now has pneumonia. Seriously. I feel like basically we have just been shi* on in 2009. Other than Anthony being born this year, there really aren't many positives. Which makes me believe that 2010 will be my year. Not a single bad thing will happen in 2010, because 2009 already used them all up. I might even become a millionaire in 2010. It will be a good year and I can't wait for it to get here.

Anyways, back to the baby....Here's the timeline for you:

Sunday morning- Jared leaves

Sunday afternoon - Anthony gets the croup, which is this cough that makes him sound just like a seal - so sad! He is still playing, happy, and has no fever.

Monday - no more croup cough, but now A has a slight fever and isn't as energetic as usual.

Tuesday - Fever is now to 101 and I can't keep this guy awake for more than 10 minutes. All he'll do is sleep, and I can't even force liquids into him. So we go to the doctor, she orders chest xrays, and he has a large amount of pneumonia in his upper left lung. She puts him on amoxicillin and gives him an antibiotic/lydocain shot at the office to get things moving in the right direction. We head home with strict orders to monitor breathing and fever through the night. So A sleeps in the bed with me. I do not recommend sleeping in the bed with an 8 month old. That kid was all over the place. All he ate Tuesday was 9 oz formula.

Wednesday - head back to the doctor. Still have a fever, not breathing well (though at 97 for oxygen saturation, he was just working way too hard to get it). When we first gets there she mentions we will likely be going to Seattle Children's to check into the ER there as A has only had 10 oz fluid so far this day. We'll be hooking him up to an IV for fluids. That sounds like fun. First she decides to try a nebulizer treatment and see if we can get him to drink something. If you want to feel like a monster you should give your child a neb treatment. He just screamed as we covered his face with this little mask that sprays a cool mist (albuterol) over his nose and mouth - the poor kid. The treatment ended up helping a ton and he drank 5.5 oz immediately following. It relaxes his airways enough so he doesn't feel like he has to work so hard to breath, in turn allowing him to concentrate on somehing else. After another shot, we get to go home, not to the ER! With the nebulizer. So my job is to wake up every 4 hours, give him a neb treatment, and make him drink.

Thursday - Back to the doctor again. A is doing remarkably better today. He is drinking a lot more (thought not back up to normal yet) and his breathing is more relaxed. I am still doing the neb treatments, though not as often, and he had another shot today. A is actually more alert (though sleeping most of the day) and starting to be interested in his toys again. He still has a slight fever and I still can't have visitors as none of my friends want their kids to catch pneumonia. Wusses. Steve and Kendra are coming over tonight to cheer me up.

Tomorrow I'll talk to the nurse and if things are still getting better we won't be going back in! I was sure A wouldn't get sick this year because we so rarely leave the house. But somehow on one of the two days per week that we do leave, he caught something in a public place. Stay home if you have pneumonia - what is wrong with people?!

All of this while Jared is out of town and Lynda is running me all over the place for appointments! Thank God that I am typically an unemotional person, because if it weren't for that I would be a mess right now I'm sure. I can't wait for Jared to get home - I don't like having to be the responsible one in the relationship! It's so much more fun when I can be the worry free, careless one.

Here's to the New Year!


The Ames Family said...

Hang in there, kiddo! Sickness happens no matter what. If ANYONE leaves the house, it's only a matter of time before they bring something home. And yes, 2009 had some very large bumps (mtns?) in the road. But hey! There's still a road to travel! And you have a wonderful family to go with you. It will get better!!

e said...

That's scary how sick he got so quickly. I'm glad Anthony is feeling better. You're doing a fantastic job, Beka! I know it's tough when hubby is away. You just don't feel like you have any backup. I wish we lived closer so that we could help!

Colby said...

Anthony is a strong boy and will be better so very soon. And 2010 will be your year...I just know it!!!! Love you!

Anardi Family said...

We are so glad that you are on the road to good health for all of you- you all deserve a little break- It just goes to show that all kids get sick- even those who are really healthy. Stay strong. Love Jody

Laura said...

This shows how fantastic of a mom you are! You caught this right away and got Anthony in to the doc before ER was necessary. Sounds like he is well on the road to recovery. And now, you can think about getting some sleep ... sometime next week, maybe!

Anonymous said...

Hang in there Beka! You're doing an awesome job and you have a network of wonderful people supporting you. 2009 has been a rough year for many people, especially you and your family. Remember how blessed you are to be able to live the life you do. God doesn't give us anything we cant handle. Stay strong and take care of that beautiful baby boy of yours.