March 21, 2006

Sniffle Cough Puke

Warning: This post is not for the faint of heart.
Rating: PG (pretty gross)

March was the most unhealthy month of Kate's life so far. March First started a string of crappy illnesses, undoubtedly, as a result of taking Parent/Child preschool classes.

First off Kate got her very first ear infection. Next, she caught some awful flu...or perhaps it was the Rotavirus...that started the same evening of our Schoolhouse museum visit. We all ended up catching it within a 5 day span. It was awful. Watching your kid vomit over and over again must be one of the worst, but probably one of the inevitable, things you can experience. Everytime the gagging would come on Ken or I would grab the bucket. The sight of the bucket made Kate even more upset and cry. I think she started to believe that putting the bucket in front her face was inducing the vomiting. But thank goodness for the bucket.

The first episode happened in the middle of the night while Kate was in bed with us. Poor Ken, the human bucket, got the brunt of it. Then we needed baths, showers, new sheets, new clothes, the works. It went on for hours and hours and hours. And picked up again 48 hours later. And Ken and I jumped in 48 hours after that. It was awful!!! I'm so glad that one is behind us.

Keeping Kate hydrated was a real task. She didn't like any of the flavors of pedialyte drinks, freezer pops or jellos. I got her to drink some water and suck on pieces of ice, but after awhile she kept begging for apple juice which is not the thing to give her at all in this state. But I kinda broke the rules a bit. We rarely give Kate apple juice straight up. It's usually one-third or one-half apple juice and the rest water. And lucky for us too since I was able to give her a little bit of apple juice and sneak in a lot of unflavored pedialyte. When we took Kate to the doctor on Monday morning after vomiting all Friday night and Sunday night the doctor was surprised at how hydrated and energetic she looked. I guess sometimes you just have to bend the rules a bit to make it work.

And little did we know that only a few weeks later Kate would catch hand-foot-mouth disease. Talk about nasty...and painful. It started as a rash all over and turned into sores on her hands and feet and in her mouth. The mouth sores were the worst. She didn't want to eat. She didn't want to drink. And forget about brushing her teeth. Parents always told us that once your kid goes to school they are sick over and over again. I thought perhaps a runny nose or a cough, but never in my imagination did I expect this.

Our pediatrician reassured us that this was all normal for preschool kids. And with each illness we were told, "We've seen quite a few cases of this in the past few days." For some reason it makes you feel better knowing you're not the only family going through it. The good news, the pediatrician told us, was that now that Kate's been exposed to many of these viruses her immune system is building and she won't be catching many of them of them again. They were a one time trick.


Anyway, the point of this post was really to journal one of the things I did to cheer Kate up. In addition to the "K-A-T-E" letters that I painted before she was born, I hung very inexpensive magnetic float frames from Micheal's and Princess wall stickers from target.com. The frames are the best because I can easily switch out the pictures and artwork to feature new things Kate has just seen or experienced. The wall may look a little hodgepodge but Kate loves it (although she may not look it in these pictures since she was still sick with the flu). She really enjoys being surrounded by things she likes looking at and talking about. It helps when you're stuck inside day after day with the flu.
Posted by Jean-Marie at March 21, 2006 08:01 PM
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Oh thats so adorable!!!! I'd love to do that to my daughter's room one day, although i think i lack the artisticness. lol Posted by: Bridget at June 27, 2006 08:31 PM
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