What a long week … and it will be longer … took the youngest to the pulminologist yesterday. I knew his breathing sounded bad at night but even my husband said he looked better during the day. Still… at night it was not good. We get to the doctor’s office and they pull us in for the normal ‘check’. They took his oxygen level about 4 times before looking at me. I knew it wasn’t good. For those not use to oxygen numbers… average person 99 to 100 is normal… with asthma 97 to 100 is normal. Anything below 96 is go to ER, get xrays, oxygen and IV. My youngest was showing 92.
Yaa, the doctor is talking collapsed lung, pneumonia and other things. Did I mention the older one is with us because HE is running a fever and coughing? Needless to say, lack of sleep, two sick kids and that man had me close to tears. Not on purpose … it was just overwhelming to hear it.
They gave the youngest an albuteral ‘cocktail’ and got his level to bounce between 95 and 97. Enough that they said I could take him home and nebulize him every 3 hours. They also told me sleep was important and not to wake him during the night to nebulize him. So I didn’t wake him. I set the alarm and just held it in front of his face. He sounded HORRIBLE last night. Z-pak, pulmicort, prednisone, antihistamine, singular, and nebulizing… the kid is also hypoglycemic. His body is in turmoil… but if I don’t give him the medicine we will end up in the hospital. Not a bad thing but not a good thing when you have another sick kid as well that needs you.
I will be letting the kids play electronics today as I need to take a nap or two. We’ll see what tonight brings…
The oldest woke up with a fever… sigh. At least it is a half day of school. I was up with him twice last night because of his coughing. He almost went to school because we are going to the pulminologist for asthma boy with bronchitis and doesn’t want to sit and wait forever. Ugh. I don’t blame him. This week has been long and I am tired. Just one more day… if I could just make it to work… for a little while this week and have a sanity break.
Did you ever see a mother dog with puppies all around? Playing? Laying on her? Generally making themselves a nuisance? How she would growl and bark at them? I felt like that the last couple of days. My boys have been sitting beside me on the couch but more like laying over me. Then arguing around me… I had one on the floor, kicking my legs and feet on the couch, the other sitting beside me but it felt like he was Velcro’d to my side. Ugh. I soooo wanted to bark at them. But I didn’t. They really did care and kept asking me if I was ok. Sigh.
I finally broke down and went to the Urgent Care on Sunday morning because I couldn’t take it any more. I felt like c.r.a.p. Went in, the doc looked in my ears, in my nose, listened to my chest and left. Came back and said she was giving me some major antibiotics because my whole upper respiratory system was infected… ears, sinus and bronchitis. Well no wonder I felt horrible. I’m just hoping that today goes well and I feel much better by the end of it.
While on the way home from karate tonight I was talking to Tink. I was telling her how before we left, I was coughing and coughed up some green mucus from my lungs. Yes, I looked at it in the kleenex. I said something to the boys about how gross to have infection coming out of your lungs and they wanted to see it. Another gross thought but I showed it to them. Soooo, as I was saying this to Tink, I said the boys that it was gross. I was corrected. The youngest said in a very loud voice from the back of the van “NO Mom, it’s cool!”
To the doctors AGAIN. My son waited until 7pm last night to inform me that he had green snot coming out of his nose. Sigh. Hubby gone, school day and I have a dentist appointment that was put off until … you guessed it… today. ERGH. I’ll be calling the pediatrician around 8am to see if they have any openings. Maybe I’ll luck out and they won’t have one until 10:30ish. Sigh… but those are a pain because by then they are running late. Oh well. I would rather get him seen and on antibiotics if he needs them than wait until the weekend and have him get REALLY sick on me.
No, it’s not math… it was my youngest temperature yesterday every hour or two. Took me forever to get it down and keep it down. We ended up in Urgent Care… but trust me, I’m taking him to the pediatrician today. I swear that there is one doctor in there that doesn’t have a clue and I got him. I seem to get him every other time. Sigh. We got him on the weakest antibiotic the doctor could write for him. Which is why we are going BACK to the pediatrician today because that is the most worthless stuff. sigh. Better than nothing since he said it looked like he has infections in both ears. Life always keeps me hopping.
How much blood will I have to give before this is over? And now we wait… wait… wait to go back to the doctor’s office to get the results. I just want to be free… free to not catch every little frick’n disease that comes along… ok, enough whining… more good news as the boys get home and tell me about their day!
Ok, Tator hasn’t thrown up since 3am. Tot started to have diarrhea around noon. He still has breathing problems as well. I needed to clean sinks, toilets, floors, spray lysol everywhere… for the second time this week. And doing this while feeling like I have hot red pins being stuck into my left breast. About the size of a baseball. This just sucks. Did I mention that I also have make sure nothing smells to strong or it will bring on an asthma attack for Tot? I soooo want to go hide somewhere with hot tea, hot compresses and a good book.
Yep, was at Urgent Care last night… with Tot. He complained about 2pm that his left ear was ‘cold’. Huh? If I remember the conversation it went sorta like this:
Tot: Mom, my ear is cold.
Mom: Which ear?
Tot: This one (pointing to left ear)
Mom: Does it hurt?
Tot: Nooooooo, it’s cold.
Mom: Is it cold on the inside of the ear?
It gets dropped. Around 7pm last night…
Tot: Mom, my ear hurts.
Mom: What??? Which ear?
Tot: This one (pointing to the left ear)
Mom: Where on the ear does it hurt?
Tot: Here (Points to the inside of the left ear)
I called Urgent Care to see if they took young kids. They said yes. Off we went. It was cleaner and nicer than ER. Turns out Tot does have an infection in his left ear. Toad. While we were there, I had them check my ear as well… it has been bothering me for a couple of days… I have an infection as well. Sigh. Though mine is in the lymph node below the ear. Life is always entertaining… I hope next year is less so. GRIN
Update #2: 11am… Tot is at 100F… phew… long day… long long day…
Update: 8:30am… Tot is at 102.8F… shoot me
What a long day yesterday was… and the night longer. Tot’s got an ear infection. They switched his antibiotic in the morning… and around 5pm last night he was running 104.4… I ran bath water… I always run warm water. Trust me, at 103 or higher, warm water is still cool to them. I checked with my doctor and he agreed. Besides, you keep them in there 10 minutes and by the end of the 10 minutes, it is pretty cool. Except this bath water was too warm. And there wasn’t much pressure. In fact, it turns out the only reason I got water was there was water in the hot water heater. Yep, I needed a plumber. My neighbor is a plumber. I called… and called… and called… I was freaking out. He finally called me back.
He was nice enough to stop by after work. We need a new pump. Sigh. I just got all the bills paid off. ugh. Guess I need to do some more paid posts.
oh did I mention my hubby? He was up most of the night. He coughed so hard a couple of times he threw up. Did I say we have no water? yaa… you are catching on aren’t you. The plumber fixed it enough that I can turn it on for short periods of times. But I better shut it back off.
I’m going to go hide in a corner for an hour. I’ll be back later. I have no choice. Tot is home with me. No fever this morning. Yipeee… now if it will just stay away.