Monday, March 02, 2009

Sick Bay

My little girl is ill. It started with a fever Friday. Having just finished a bout of strep throat with R, I thought we knew what we were fighting. K has now had two negative strep tests, two negative flu swabs and a clear chest x-ray...despite antibiotics and no clear diagnosis, she is on day three of chills and a fever that is hovering around 102, but has spiked as high as 105. We had blood work today that ruled out infection. For now it appears this is a mean, nasty virus.

So, I have a few days ahead with a constant companion and am trying to keep the rest of the family from getting whatever she has. This is complicated by the fact that K has her hands in her nose or her mouth constantly. Prayer, Tylenol and hand washing seem to be our only weapons in this fight at the moment.

Additionally, I am scheduled to have my gall bladder removed Friday, so it would really stink to have two (or more) of us down and out simultaneously.

Tonight my husband attempted to give her a lesson on germs and the importance of hand washing and keeping her hands out of her mouth. I overheard part of it from an adjacent room. I could tell he was trying SO HARD to speak on her level. A minute or two later he walked out chuckling.

He explained to me that when he finished his thorough explanation of germs to his captivated little febrile audience, he said,"Sweetie, do you understand what Daddy is telling you?"

She looked up at him with her big brown eyes and a face that lives to please him and slowly shook her head No. Such precious honesty!

He later laughed that he should have just stopped at "Hand washing is really very important to keep others from getting sick."

It is a good reminder for me in parenting and life in general. We are generally best served to just keep it simple.


Mom of Eleven said...

okay, um, hello, your gall bladder out? I am way out of the loop. Girl, what can I do to help!

Tee and Hubby said...

ROFL! Dr. trying to explain germs to a 5-year old.

I know you will do find with the gall bladder surgery. My husband had it several years ago and he did very well. Now he can eat nails without any problems. Really, he can eat good foods, we stay away from junk, but he can eat chocolate and couldn't before surgery. There is hope. :-)

Bailey's Leaf said...

My friend's children have had the same nasty unspecified viral funk. It has to run its course and it takes a while. She had hernia surgery right as the one was beginning the 4 day run of 103 fever, ended up running a fever herself and being rushed back into the ER with the fever and vomiting.

Oh, I hope that she gets over it before your surgery! And as they other folks said-- surgery? Um, we pray! I'll add you to my sidebar prayer list.

Feel better soon House of JMom!

Erickson 5 said...

I thought about you last week because we spent the week at Disney World and I remember you posting about it awhile ago. It was great. I have had my Gall Bladder out and I recovered pretty quickly. I had the surgery on a Wed afternoon and I was back at work on Mon morning! I will keep you in my prayers.

Hillary @ The Dunham Diaries said...

WOW! Will definitely be praying for y'all to get healthy. With or without gall bladders!

Love Being a Nonny said...

Poor K...but YOUR GALLBLADDER!!! That means you have been feeling pretty rough! I will begin praying NOW for your recovery. Hope you have some help with the kiddos!

dee said...

Praying for you all!

Christi said...

I am reminded of that lesson over and over - keep it simple.

And, praying for K (and you) that you'll both have a quick recovery!

Mindy said...

OH no! Praying for your K that she is better soon and praying for you as your prepare for surgery!

elizabeth said...

I didn't realize that you had been feeling bad! So sorry. Can I help in any way?

casey said...

Hope all goes well with the surgery. I just spent 6 days in bed with a "virus" too. 103 fever and no other symptoms for that long wears you out. I hope she feels better!