Friday, November 16, 2012

Sick Days--Day 10

Not a lot to report of the West crew this week. Jay and Lizzy have been home sick for 10 DAYS.

We ventured out today to try to run an errand or two and it ended with stopping in at one of Daddio's offices to get paper towels for emergency cleanup and a thorough detail of the a car seat when we got home.

Some highlights/lessons that we can remember from the last 10 days....

1. Always by dye-free medication if given the option.
2. Pull-Ups get GIGANTIC when inadvertently sent through the washing machine.
C. Recently, while wearing an oven mitt, I placed a pan of frozen biscuits into the fridge, despite the fact that my oven was already pre-heated. I then went to check on the biscuits (in the oven) and couldn't figure out where in the samhill they went.
IV. Don't try to cook or operate heavy machinery after 3 or more days of playing Musical Beds with 2 babies, 2 dogs, medicine schedules and a husband in the mix. Delivery is your friend.
5. Another friend will be Vapo-rub, in the bathroom with beach towels and tons of toys. We call it "play baf-room".
6. Dog showers make ideal places to rinse/scrub carseats. And toddlers.
g.  Once either child has a fever stick to the "6 hour split" of Tylenol and Motrin and do not skip doses because the baby's sleeping so well. You'll have 102.6 to deal with before you know it and it is scary.
VIII. No matter what you had planned for your 8 Month old (Happy Birthday, Lizzy!) as far as introducing juice, solids, etc. you will try ANYTHING when you are afraid dehydration is knocking at your door.
9. If ever I decide to take my two very small children to events with other small (potentially sick) children en masse-- take my keys and throw them in the river, feed my phone to a crocodile and chain me to a tree in the back yard until I agree that they are too little to remember and it would be a wise decision to stay home. (We went to Disney on Ice Nov. 4 then the doctor on the 7th, 9th and 11th)
X. Trust yourself and your spouse as parents, be open to suggestions, go with your gut...and listen to your mothers.

Jay contracted RSV, Lizzy was negative. Both got sicker, Lizzy confirmed RSV, stayed pretty darn sick, Jay's first ear infections, antibiotics are NOT Jay's friend, Lizzy still sick and Jay suffering some side effects still.

Note about nausea/upset stomach and antibiotics--I now have figured out to give his twice-daily med just before nap time (after snack) and at bed time (after a snack) this way he sleeps through the nausea (KNOCK ON WOOD). I do lay with him for a while though because I am afraid he will wake up getting sick and that would be awful.

Just this evening Lizzy took 2 small bottles, so I hope this is a sign of her appetite returning. Jay was never sick when he was this little, so this has all been new to me with Lizzy. I also tried giving her some mashed potatoes and gravy tonight and she ate a few bites--which is more than the past few days.

Hopefully we'll have some better days very soon and can get back to normal, fun life--WE MISS IT!

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