Friday, March 12, 2010

Sharing is Caring


Sharing, in this case, is far from caring. Last week, Reiggin started to feel bad and came home with a nasty head cold. Which, as you all know, once one person in the household is sick, it usually means everyone in the household is going to get sick. I was second in line for the nasty head cold. Then, come Monday when Virginia woke up, I knew something wasn't right.

She got up at her usual 7:00 a.m. but she was super calm. This is not like Virginia. She is usually either a little cranky or wide awake and ready to go watch some cartoons. Monday morning, all she wanted to do was lay on my chest and not move. Virginia is also not the most cuddly child. Don't get me wrong, she does like giving the occasional hugs and pat pats, but most of the time she is too busy to stop. I also noticed that she was breathing really fast and wheezing. I waited about an hour then decided to go wake up Reiggin and ask his opinion. I am known to be the worrying mom. Reiggin suggested taking her temperature and taking a warm bath. So I took her temperature and she was normal. But then she really was looking down so I made the decision to go ahead and call the doctor. I believe in being safe and not sorry.  We managed to get an appointment with one of the doctors for that morning.  Poor Virginia. The whole time from 7:00 a.m. to about noon, when we finally saw the doctor, she didn't move from my chest. 

The doctor looked her over and told us Virginia had RSV. Which, for adults, is nothing but a nasty cold, but for infants and toddlers, it causes major breathing problems. The doctor prescribed some medicine and also told us we needed to do breathing treatments with Virginia. Even though the nebulizer for the breathing treatment is a super cute panda, Virginia still doesn't want to have anything to do with it. She is starting to warm up a little bit to the treatments but it is a slow pace. Usually, once I pull out the nebulizer and mask Virginia runs off to the farthest corner and hides. We did have some success tonight; Virginia actually held the mask up to her face all by herself. 

So the doctor saw us again on Wednesday and told us Virginia is looking much better. We still have to do breathing treatments for two weeks but only twice a day now.

The major bummer to this whole story is that since the RSV virus is so contagious, Virginia and probably all of us are going to have to stay away from all children for about a month. Yes, I said one month. Not a couple of days but a month. I am not happy at all about this but like my doctor told me, you don't want to be one of those moms that infects the whole playgroup. Moms don't like moms that get their kids sick. So looks like we are going to miss out on all the fun March events on my moms' website. Also, we will miss seeing Samantha and the big 30 event for Susan. Thank goodness we have Skype. I have to see my cute niece somehow. 

Hopefully, within a month, we will all be better and maybe we will need to throw a getting-out-of-quarantine party.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Sharing is Caring



Sharing, in this case, is far from caring. Last week, Reiggin started to feel bad and came home with a nasty head cold. Which, as you all know, once one person in the household is sick, it usually means everyone in the household is going to get sick. I was second in line for the nasty head cold. Then, come Monday when Virginia woke up, I knew something wasn't right.

She got up at her usual 7:00 a.m. but she was super calm. This is not like Virginia. She is usually either a little cranky or wide awake and ready to go watch some cartoons. Monday morning, all she wanted to do was lay on my chest and not move. Virginia is also not the most cuddly child. Don't get me wrong, she does like giving the occasional hugs and pat pats, but most of the time she is too busy to stop. I also noticed that she was breathing really fast and wheezing. I waited about an hour then decided to go wake up Reiggin and ask his opinion. I am known to be the worrying mom. Reiggin suggested taking her temperature and taking a warm bath. So I took her temperature and she was normal. But then she really was looking down so I made the decision to go ahead and call the doctor. I believe in being safe and not sorry.  We managed to get an appointment with one of the doctors for that morning.  Poor Virginia. The whole time from 7:00 a.m. to about noon, when we finally saw the doctor, she didn't move from my chest. 

The doctor looked her over and told us Virginia had RSV. Which, for adults, is nothing but a nasty cold, but for infants and toddlers, it causes major breathing problems. The doctor prescribed some medicine and also told us we needed to do breathing treatments with Virginia. Even though the nebulizer for the breathing treatment is a super cute panda, Virginia still doesn't want to have anything to do with it. She is starting to warm up a little bit to the treatments but it is a slow pace. Usually, once I pull out the nebulizer and mask Virginia runs off to the farthest corner and hides. We did have some success tonight; Virginia actually held the mask up to her face all by herself. 

So the doctor saw us again on Wednesday and told us Virginia is looking much better. We still have to do breathing treatments for two weeks but only twice a day now.

The major bummer to this whole story is that since the RSV virus is so contagious, Virginia and probably all of us are going to have to stay away from all children for about a month. Yes, I said one month. Not a couple of days but a month. I am not happy at all about this but like my doctor told me, you don't want to be one of those moms that infects the whole playgroup. Moms don't like moms that get their kids sick. So looks like we are going to miss out on all the fun March events on my moms' website. Also, we will miss seeing Samantha and the big 30 event for Susan. Thank goodness we have Skype. I have to see my cute niece somehow. 

Hopefully, within a month, we will all be better and maybe we will need to throw a getting-out-of-quarantine party.

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