What a Week!
Friday, October 03, 2014
Monday and Tuesday went just fine, totally normal days, except for an extra dose of cranky from one of the twins, who are 20 months old now. I went to bed nice and early, feeling fine. My husband woke me up around 10 and the wheels just came off. Madelyn had vomited and was having trouble breathing. The next hour saw her vomit twice more - once all over me - two calls to the pediatrician, the three of us camped out in the bathroom, letting Mads breathe in steam, and DH taking the baby to the ER. I stayed home with other baby, who was miraculously still sound asleep, and tried to catch some shut eye.
DH texted around 2 a.m., saying they were admitting Mads to the hospital with a respiratory virus. I tried to get him to come home and sleep but he refused to leave Madelyn alone - she wouldn't sleep - and obviously I couldn't leave Caitlin home alone. So we pushed divide and conquer to the absolute limit.
Madelyn tested negative for flu and RSV, leaving entero virus as the likely culprit. The doctors said there's no easy test for entero or the specific strain that's been wreaking havoc across the country. They also said that it's not nearly as scary as the news is making it sound and that Madelyn is like to make a speedy and full recovery.
Wednesday morning I made all the calls to family and work before getting Caitlin up and to daycare. My in-laws are retired but live a 10-hour drive from us. The first words out of my MIL's mouth were "do you want us to come down?". They arrived late Wednesday night and have been an absolute lifesaver. Mads was out of the hospital Wednesday afternoon and Caitlin has a cold but nothing more serious. Daycare absolutely panicked, so I had to leave Madelyn's hospital bed to pick Caitlin up and take her to the doctor, who gave her a clean bill of health and a green light to go back to daycare. While I understand where daycare is coming from, I was still really angry to be pulled away from a very ill child to attend to a well one. Entering an isolation room is terrifying and seeing your child hooked up to IVs and oxygen monitor is even worse. Leaving her unnecessarily early was heartbreaking. But I sucked it up and did it. Such is life with more than one child.
Yesterday was relatively chaotic, even by my high standards, but Madelyn is on the mend. We have to give her inhaler treatments six times a day and steroids twice a day, which takes all four adults: one to hold Madelyn and her hands, one to hold her head, one to dose her, and the fourth to play with Caitlin in another room. Caitlin freaks out every time she sees the inhaler mask (it looks like a nebulizer), which upsets Madelyn even more, which upsets Caitlin even more. Then Caitlin tries to seek comfort from me, which I can't give because then Madelyn would escape. The only way to break that cycle, we learned the hard way, is to have Caitlin in another room. Thank God my in-laws were able to come down and help!
Today I'm home again, looking after the kiddos. The truly amazing thing about all this is that I continued to eat well and keep to my running schedule despite everything. Previously I would have used it as an excuse to overeat, eat junk, or skip a workout. But this time I decided to keep treating myself well so I can be at my best for the kids. The result is healthier, happier mom - who is down two pounds!
Ok, gotta get back to the mom duties. :)