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As a parent, there are tons of gross things that we all have to deal with.

Getting pee’d on.
Cleaning up leaking pee.
Poop.
Poop that falls out of a diaper.
Poop explosions.
Oozing poop.
Boogers.
Snot.
Spit.
Chewed up food.
Vomit.

I can tolerate all of those things, except vomit.  I can’t do vomit.

Yesterday, M vomited.  Not only was it just vomit, it was projectile vomit.  It was almost “The Exorcist” like, projectile vomit.  It had range.  It was substance.  It had smell.

Ugh.  The smell.

I can’t do the vomit smell.  I makes me want to vomit too!

I’m so glad I hadn’t eaten dinner yet when this occured. 

Of course, she was sitting on my lap the whole time this vomit-fest occurred, so we were both pretty much soaked in grossness.

Even SHE thought it was gross.  She would shake hands and whine to get all the ickiness off of her.  So disgusting.

Toddlers do a lot of disgusting things that appear to be very normal to them.  If a toddler thinks it’s disgusting, then it MUST be disgusting. 

M and I both jumped into the shower immediately and I let me iron-stomached Hubby take care of the clean up.  Thank God for my Hubby.  He’s always willing to deal with the vomit. 

I think M finally caught the bug that’s been going around lately.  That bug I’ve been so desperately trying to fight has finally caught up to us.  I’m still not 100% better, and she’s starting to have fevers. 

Poor kid.  This year has just been one virus after another.

Will it ever end?

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M is just finishing another round of germs.  This time, it was congestion and an ear infection.

This year is just the year of sickies.

It seems like she’s been battling a cold every month or so since November of last year!

It also always seems like she just get can’t get a simple cold. 

They always follow this pattern.  She gets super congested, then she coughs.  The cough may or may not lead to asthma symptoms.  She may or may not end up with an ear infection.

It’s only March and I’ve taken so many days off to be “nurse mommy.” 

She needs to live in a bubble..

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Getting sick after having a febrile seizure just isn’t the same.

Before her seizure, I felt that I had her little colds and sicknesses under control.  I was calm.  I wasn’t too scared about her being sick.  I was worried, of course, but I always knew that they were simple viral infections that would run it’s course and leave.

After her seizure, I feel like I see it all with a different set of eyes.

There is definitely a fear now.  There is a fear that washes over me whenever her temperature goes any higher than 101.  There’s a fear that her fever will shoot up higher than her little body could handle and she’d get hit with another seizure.  The fear of another seizure is very real. 

Luckily, her fevers during this cold weren’t super high, nor did they sky rocket out of control.  She responded well to the fever reducer and eventually the fevers went away.  I know that this fear is something that I will have to deal with for a long time whenever M, or whatever future child, get sick. 

It’s definitely NOT fun. 

 

Wednesday
M woke up with pretty high fever.  Before I went to work, I gave her some fever reducer and made sure the fever went down.  She went to Grandma’s house with a low grade fever pretty much the whole day.  Right before Hubby picked her up, her fever spiked up and she was on fever reducer for the rest of the night and into the next day.

Thursday
Hubby decided to stay home and I decided to leave work early.  She was having high fevers throughout the night.  Fever reducer was barely working and her fevers would get up to 103.  She ended up having a Febrile Seizure.  That was the scariest moment of my life, and I will talk about it more on tomorrow’s blog post.  At the point of her seizure, the paramedics recorded her temperature at 103.9.   They were able go get her temperature down in the ER and taught us how to alternate between acetominophen and ibuprofen to keep her fevers down.

Friday
Fevers were still high.  Alternating between the tylenol (acetominophen) and the motrin (ibuprofen) helped keep her temperature down.  But the fevers were still constant.

Saturday
Suddenly little rashes started forming on her torso and neck.  Her fevers were still around, just not as high as the previous days.  I though for sure she was getting better.

Sunday
The rashes were more prominent, but her fevers came back.  She felt very down and all she wanted to do was sleep.  However, by that night, she had her last fever at 100.5.  I gave her a final dose of Tylenol right before she went to sleep and prayed that it was all over.

Monday
I decided to take her to the doctor for the third time since this all started.  The doctor was pretty sure it was roseola, and said the fevers should stop.  If not, then we would have to consider get blood tests because the fevers should be stopping once those rashes appeared.  Thank God, her fevers had stopped completely.

Tuesday
I decided to take one last day off to make sure the fevers were completely gone.  She has been back to her old antics again and I couldn’t be more grateful.  The rashes are subsiding, but can still be seen.  They aren’t itchy and she isn’t uncomfortable.

This is why I haven’t been writing here.  I’ve been in full mommy nurse mode.  All the while, my birthday came and went.

I’ve got a lot of blog catching up to do..

It would have been perfect!

We had a 4-day weekend to celebrate the 4th of July…

Wednesday night, we decided to go to the playgroup at the park with M. All was fine until we went home when M’s nose decided to start running like a faucet. I thought to myself, no big deal. It was allergies. Once we got all of “park stuff” out of her system and cleared out her nose, it will all be good.. So made sure to really clean her up well, and really was her face during that night’s bath..

We woke up Thursday morning and she was soo stuffed up. We ended up taking her into the bathroom with us while we showered so that she could benefit from the steam. It helped loosen up her stuffy nose and throat, so we went to the park to celebrate the 4th of July with the rest of the community.

As the day went on, we could see she was getting worse.. her nose was either constantly running, or stuffy. She was getting tired and grumpy.. so we just went home. We didn’t go out the rest of the day, we didn’t see fireworks that night.

During dinner, we noticed that she would clamp down really hard and would tense up her jaw.

Uh oh. Teething.

I peeked into her mouth and noticed that her little canines finally broke through and were little points outside her gums. I also noticed that her gums in the back of her mouth were swollen too. The poor girl was miserable. I gave her a half dose of PediaCare and it took care of the pain.

On Friday, we decided to rest. That’s when MY throat started to feel bad. I knew I was next. My parents came over that night to celebrate the rest of the weekend with us.

Saturday and Sunday, I was miserable! My throat stopped hurting but my head was aching, and my nose was stuffy. M started coughing because all the mucuous from her nose would travel down to her throat at night. That led to her coughing all day!

I had planned on taking my parents and brother to the beach. I planned on taking them to a Farmer’s Market and spending a whole day out and about San Diego..

But… with a toddler, nothing can really be planned.

M and I are both recovering. Thank God, this cold didn’t lead to ANOTHER ear infection for M.. she just finished her final dose of antibiotics for her LAST ear infection about two weeks ago!

Hope everyone else had a great weekend.

Time stood still for the past few days while M was sick..

She caught a cold from me.

I was feeling under the weather earlier last week.

I knew she was going to get it the day that I started having a sore throat.  I remember being the one to pick M up from her Grandparents house after work.  She was so happy to see me that she kissed me.  I tried to turn my head so she would end up kissing my cheek, but she held my face and turned it towards her so she could give me a little kiss on the lips..

That’s when I knew… it was just a waiting game for the symptoms to come.

We had a scheduled playdate later on that week, and I was so worried she would get sick before that.  I was really looking forward to it and I hated the thought of missing it..

Luckily for us (and for the other kids), she was fine and had a great time at the playdate..

It was Saturday when we started noticing her runny nose.. by the end of the day, she was warm with a low-grade fever and a nose like a faucet.

Sunday, her fever got up to as high as 101 before bed and I knew that we had to go to the Doctors.. I knew an ear infection was here..

All of Sunday night and all of Monday, she was just a little sick patient.  She was sitting down and lying down more than her usual up and peppy self..

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The doctor said she was getting pus in her ears.. ew!  The ear wasn’t infected YET, but with the pus collecting in her ear, she had to be treated..

By Tuesday, she was getting better.. she was taking loooong naps but she was starting to run about..

By yesterday, she no longer had fevers and her nose wasn’t as runny.. I think she’s on the path to recovery.. thank God..

Time stood still for our household as we had to care for our little girl.. but now.. things are starting to get back to normal.. and I can now blog again..

There’s sooo much to tell you!

Because of all the phlegmy goodness, M has developed a cough.

The cough is mostly her need to get rid of all the icky stuff accumulating in her throat, but I hate coughs..

Coughs can sometimes lead up to no good!

I’m just terrified that M is going to end up with bronchitis or pneumonia!  Paranoid, yes.  But as a parent, the worst thing to have is a sick child.  If I could, I’d take all of this away from her, and if someone had to be sick, then just let it be me! 

I’m doing what I can, giving lots of fluids, running the vaporizer, sitting in the bathroom while daddy takes a steamy shower..

So far, all the ickiness is loose in M and easily comes up and out as she coughs and blows her nose..

I just wish she’d get over this bug already so we can resume our normal healthy lives.

And so I can go back to writing normal, healthy blog entries about things that aren’t as gross as phlegm.


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