Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sick Week

Not sick day, not a few days, but yes, a whole week. Well, close enough, anyway. Just a day shy of it, really, and though things are definitely improving, I don't think we'll be completely sick-free by tomorrow.

Just a quick recap of our sick week (not that anyone reads this blog yet anyway): on Saturday, Emma started having diarrhea...and it's not gone yet. It's now in small amounts and less frequent, and she's had a couple of normal poops today. But it's not completely cleared up. (I'm sure when she's a teen she'll LOOOVE that I talked about her poop all over the internet;)) By Sunday, she had a bad diaper rash from the diarrhea. Sunday night/Monday morning, Emma woke up screaming at 4:30 AM. She had a blow out diarrhea diaper and had thrown up in her crib. Needless to say, she got a bath right then and there. Then on Monday, John started throwing up. Greeeat. Sick baby AND sick hubby.

Emma's diaper rash got progressively worse - it was AWFUL - until we took her to the pediatrician on Tuesday. He prescribed her Westcort, an ointment with a steroid, to help clear up the rash. It has worked WONDERS. The rash had already improved drastically by Wednesday morning. Now, only a little remains. But we're still not in the clear. Either on Tuesday or Wednesday, I started feeling queasy, too! Guess it's a family illness. It's hard to take care of a sick baby when you're sick, too. Thankfully, I never threw up. John and I have both been queasy off and on. Wednesday morning, Emma had a fever. It lasted all day, and finally broke this evening. We took her in to the pediatrician again today as a result. The doctor thinks she'll start getting better very soon, but that we have to let this nasty virus run its course. I hate cold and flu season.

Emma hasn't had much of an appetite this week, so getting her to eat has been difficult. Because of the diarrhea, her pediatrician wanted her on a BRAT diet. Well, she kept refusing the foods on it. She WAS willing to eat a few things NOT on it, and at this point, I just want her to eat. We know for a fact that she's lost 5 oz in less than 2 days (since we went to the doctor twice this week), and since she was in the 2nd percentile for weight prior to getting sick...yeah, I'm concerned. She's also refusing to drink anything. I'm trying to keep her hydrated while she has diarrhea, but she is making it difficult.

The fever may have been caused by something other than being sick, though. I noticed a little white speck in her mouth after I picked her up and took a peek. Sure enough, there's a new little tooth that just popped through. No wonder she's been fussy and clingy today!! Poor baby! We thought it was just from being sick, but she was teething as well! So maybe her fever was from teething? She didn't have a fever when she cut her bottom teeth, but this is a top tooth and I've heard those are worse. At this point, I think the fever was a combination of being sick and teething.

So yeah, that's our crazy sick week in a nutshell. I really hope we all start feeling normal again tomorrow. Being sick is no fun at all!

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