Monday, December 8, 2008

When it rains, it pours!


What started as Easton getting a cold about a week and a half ago has snowballed into a series of events that I would like never to happen again as long as I live (I wish!). It goes a little something like this. . . . Easton has fevers for 2 days/nights, can't sleep and cries all night long. I get no sleep. Fevers go away and are replaced by congestion, wheezing, and a horrible cough. Easton cannot sleep very well. I get very little sleep. We go to the doctor and he has an ear infection along with the cold. He gets antibiotic and a steroid for his breathing. Scott gets pneumonia and starts medication but it doesn't work. Has to return to the doctor a week later for another round. He also picks up a head cold in the process. I get very little sleep. I start to get a sore throat and vision-crippling head aches. Feels like a head cold. All the medicine in the cabinet was not helping. Tried to stop by an urgent care on 2 different occasions but it was so busy that I never stayed. Very little sleep. Are you seeing a pattern here? After 6 or so days, Easton is feeling better and starts sleeping all night again. Hooray! I get the 24 hour stomach yuckies. Scott has to stay home from work because I cannot even function to take care of the kids. Then, I get better, Scott is on the up & up, and we're just dealing with Easton's cough when little Mia decided to get congested. When it started it was just in her nose but enough to make it so she was really bugged by it. Had to keep her elevated at all times. Again, no sleep for me as we spent most of the next few nights in the recliner. Mia's condition progressively worsened to the point where I thought she was going to quit breathing on me. She was sleeping constantly amidst choughing and choking and crying. She went from eating 4 oz. every 3 hours to about 1 oz. ever 4-5 hours. She also had some pretty good fevers off and on for a few days. Crazy stuff! Long story short, last night we were advised by our doctor to take her to the MUSC Children's ER (an equivalent to Primary Children's for the Utah crowd) to have her evaluated. Turns out the poor thing has RSV! It is so heart breaking to see how sick a little infant can get and there's nothing they can really do to help as far as medication goes because of age. They can do high-powered suction up the nose but that's about it. Once we got there they had her hooked up to all these monitors and even had me put a little hospital gown on her. Who would have thought they made them that little!??? Another concern with fevers in babies under 6 weeks is sepsis, or infection in the blood. Lucky for Mia, and us, because the RSV test came back positive so they decided not to do the sepsis work-up which would have included blood and urine samples and a spinal tap for cultures. We got away with just a urine sample. Easton prepared me a lot for what went on last night but if they ended up having to stick a big needle in her back I just might have lost it. :0) So again, I'm here not sleeping and writing on the blog. I'm camped out by Mia to make sure she pulls out of her coughing spells and continues to breathe. They say that it takes about 6-7 days to run it's course. Hopefully this is all over sooner than later and we can all be back to normal and sleeping . . . . peacefully. :0) Otherwise our Christmas presents will be a "paid" stamp on all our doctor/hospital bills from the past 2 weeks!

16 comments:

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness!! I'm so sorry, what a crummy string of luck for your family. I hope everyone will be feeling all better soon. Hey, at least it didn't happen while you were traveling for the holiday, I guess. Take care!

Threlfall Mysteries said...

Oh Jess, I'm so sorry. You're right, it didn't just poor, it dumped on you guys. I hope you're all feeling better soon, especially little Mia. I sure wish I lived closer to help out some. Keep us updated on how you're all feeling, hopefully better soon.
Love ya and miss ya!

Keeley said...

Oh, poor thing. So it wasn't just Logan!!! :( Hope all goes well real quick. Let me know if I can help with anything-

Phill & Allie said...

Oh you and your poor family. What a complete nightmare. I hope Mia's recovery is fast and that you can soon get some sleep. Good luck!

Frank, Heidi and Family said...

I know a fraction of what your going through- I just spent the night in the hospital with Camberlyn with an IV. Luckily, it was short lived. It's too scary when the tiny ones get sick. I am definitely grateful for wonderful hospitals such as PCMC. It also is horrible when dad gets sick as well. It seems as if they get to shut down completely to get better and when moms are sick we don't get that luxury. Good luck with lots of prayers and blessings.

Liz said...

Wow, good luck Jessica! That's terrible. Hopefully this is all the sickness for a whole year and you won't be dealing with anything for a while. I'm sorry you're family has had so much to deal with. Hopefully it's better soon!

Angie said...

You poor thing!! How scary to have Mia sick when she's so young. Eliza has been congested and sneezing since she was born. I hope she doesn't get RSV though. Yikes! Glad the rest of you have already gotten sick so now you can take care of Mia.

Lainee said...

I am so sorry, having a brand new baby sick is scary. I hope she gets better SOON!!

Mindy said...

RSV scares me. I'm so sorry to hear about all of that. You would think if Scott was going to get pnemonia he would have it while living in utah... not warm SC! Your poor little family. I'm going to pray for you. I can't imaging goint through all of that with a tiny baby. Get well soon to all of you, especially baby Mia!!

Juli Jarvis said...

I'm so sorry to hear about all these problems. I'll be praying for you.

Decker and Tara said...

I am so sorry that Mia has that I hear it's horrible. Nothing like no sleep:) I hope she gets feeling better soon. See you guys in a couple of weeks!

Brad and Kaci said...

Oh that makes me so sad! I am glad that everyone is getting better and hope that little Mia gets better quick. There is nothing worst than sick kids, especially when they have to be poked! Yuk! Hope you get some sleep soon!

Kelmarie said...

Hope you are doing better today! Give us an update sometime so we know everyone's alright. Hang in there, and know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Harrises said...

Yikes! Sorry to hear about that. I do hope things will be better soon. That is no fun to go through and a bit scary also.

Dave & Gina said...

Sorry to hear your baby is sick! Elisabeth is finally getting better after 1 1/2 weeks, so there is light at the end of the tunnel. I know what it's like to sit and hold your baby wondering if they are going to keep breathing. SCARY! I hope Mia gets better quickly and that you get some sleep soon.

Maren & Danny said...

That is awful! I am so sorry you had to go thru all that. Sometimes it kinda sucks to be the mom! :0(