Sunday, December 30, 2012

Our Crazy Life

I can't believe Christmas is over and the New Year is almost here and we still have sick kids...it's been a long December. We keep fighting through thinking tomorrow will be better with less sickness but it just hasn't been that way. At least we haven't had a stomach bug...that's what we keep saying to ourselves. I keep focusing on all the positives this Christmas, we have so much to be thankful for and we don't have to think very long to remind ourselves. This sickness has been draining and tiring nonetheless.
Last weekend, Joseph coughed and coughed and coughed. He was coughing 3 and 4 times a minute and just couldn't stop coughing. We gave him cough medicines, cough drops, Vick's, tried having him eat and drink, used a humidifier and increased his breathing treatments. Joe and I both felt so badly for him, he looked miserable, he sounded miserable and we all about went insane listening to his constant coughing. 
We decided to go ahead with caroling and delivering Christmas cookies to friends and family last Sunday night. Joseph was exhausted and we told him not to sing because it only made his coughing worse. At my parents, our last stop, we were about to leave and I had called a pharmacy to see about giving him Benadryl. We were hoping to just get him some rest, because he hadn't gotten any sleep all weekend. As we were about to leave Joseph was coughing and vomited all over my parents entryway and their presents under the tree. {Bethany burst into tears she was so upset and worried about him.} Joe and I decided we had to try something else, so we rushed him to Urgentcare just before they closed. 
We saw a NP who did another chest x-ray and said that it looked better than the one he'd had initially, 4 weeks ago. She was going to put him on prednsone until she realized he had already had 2 rounds of that this sickness, so she just told us to continue increasing his breathing treatments every 4 hours for 48 hours and keep him full of Motrin and Zyrtec. Joe slept with him and got up with him around the clock, Christmas Eve he was MUCH better and has stayed better but he is still coughing and doing breathing treatments.
 Anne has never gotten fully well either, Friday night she woke up from a late nap with a 102.6 fever. She has continued with congestion and coughing, I figured it was an ear infection and got her in with our doctor's office on Saturday morning. She didn't have an ear infection and the doctor said surprisingly her lungs didn't sound too bad. Anne was really rattly sounding and since she had a fever the doctor gave her another round of steroids and an antibiotic. Today Anne has been really uncomfortable, wiggling and whimpering, very little appetite and wanting to sleep but can't seem to rest, very unlike herself.
Jenna and Brady are still sick as well and both of them have kept low fevers since yesterday, so back to the doctor I go with them in the morning. Seriously the craziest sickness we have ever had. Bethany has started it now but so far nothing to warrant taking her into see the doctor.
Bethany did have a follow-up with the ENT about her ear and it went really well. He said it looks to be healing good and he removed some of the packing that was in it. He still wants her to take it easy and be cautious with it for 2 months.
 Our Christmas was good, the kids had fun but I really didn't have the energy or time to take bunches of pictures. I did lots of just being present in the moment and letting the things that had to go, go. It has been a time for me to really pray for strength and to once again work on having a good attitude despite being tired and disappointed with how I hoped December to be. Things of been constant, it's been alot like having newborns with scheduled breathing treatments, some every 4 hour and some every 6 hours, and the medicine to keep track of. Oh, the medicines!
I'm so glad Joe has been home to help, I would have lost my mind completely and forever without all of his help. He really is the best guy ever, I don't know what I did to deserve a husband that does dishes and mops floors and lets me sleep in when I'm about to go insane and cleans bathrooms and runs a vacuum and makes our bed and gets up early every morning to read his Bible and supports me day in and day out. Love you George!
 Anne turned 8 months the day after Christmas, she is getting to chubby and I hope to take her pictures soon. She rolls to get where she wants to go and likes to pull on the low Christmas tree limbs. Tonight she got an ornament off and it was one of the few times she has been quiet today.
The other night we found her asleep on the floor, very unlike her, she likes to sleep in her bed.
She is whimpering and whining now, so I must go see if there is anything I can do to help her feel better. I'll be back soon, Joseph and I stole away on Friday to get his 7 year old pictures and I can't wait to share them.

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