Monday, November 24, 2014

An Unwelcome Weekend Visitor

About 10 days ago, Ellie came down with a 24 hour stomach bug. The morning of the day that it hit, I remember thinking to myself "Wow, all 3 of us have been healthy for a long time. It's been awhile since any of us have been sick. Ellie has been so healthy and happy!" I made sure not to say those words out loud because I believe that when you say those words out loud you are inviting illness into your home. So, I just thought it in my head.

Within 6 hours of even thinking that thought, my child had a stomach bug.


Ellie had the stomach bug and it was over quickly and I remarked to Grant that all in all it wasn't all that bad and that we could now return to our regularly scheduled programming. We were thrilled that Grant's parents would be coming to visit us this weekend and Ellie was so glad to have a few days with her grandparents. Little did we know, her grandparents would not be our only weekend guests. There was another really sad and frustrating guest called MR. Sick Sickly and he is no longer welcome here. 

Baba and Papa arrived Friday night and we promptly went to eat at Lupe Tortilla. This was a successful trip for a few reasons:

1. We ate chips and queso
2. We drank margaritas

We were all eating and chatting and Grant started kicking me under the table. I looked at him and he was making signals with his eyes that I should quietly turn my attention to our daughter. And there she was. Quietly eating REFRIED BEANS. And she ate an entire chicken flauta, y'all. We all exchanged looks at the table using only our eyes that basically said "DO NOT LOOK AT HER OR TALK TO HER OR SHOW HER ATTENTION OR TELL HER SHE IS EATING BEANS AND FLAUTAS. DON'T. TELL. HER. SAY NOTHING OR SHE WILL STOP. GO ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS."

Then, AFTER she ate a whole chicken flauta and refried beans, we informed her that people who eat can have ice cream, and she was very happy about that. Ice cream was purchased and we had a happy girl.

Here she is right before ice cream was served.

Happy, happy girl. Totally fine and healthy and normal.

She went straight to bed when we got home from dinner, and we had a nice night with Grant's parents, enjoying time with family and we decided we'd head out of the house around 10am Saturday morning to have a nice little day together. 

At breakfast, Ellie was being especially whiney. Wouldn't eat. Bad mood. Uncooperative. I pulled her into my lap and thought she felt warm. I asked Grant to bring me a thermometer. 101 degrees.

Well... that's a show stopper right there.

Here's what the next few days held:

CRAZY High temps (105, etc.)
Multiple phone calls with doctors office
Rocking a steaming hot baby girl in a rocking chair
My sweet in-laws being helpful and kind even though they came all the way to Houston to be exposed to a virus and sit around our house for 2 days
Bubble gum flavored Advil
Essential Oils
Multiple baths
Not a lot of sleep
Fast food
Pizza delivery
Despicable Me (twice)
Despicable Me 2 (3 times)
Mickey Mouse: Twice Upon A Christmas (4 Times)
2 episodes of Bubble Guppies
Ipad time
Apple sauce

Anyhoo, last night was the worst of it. Grant's sweet parents drove home and we were hoping that her fever would finally break. (It hadn't broken in 2 days, not once) and it just climbed higher and higher last night. She couldn't sleep for more than 20-30 minutes. We gave her another dose of Advil at 3:30am and, finally, at 5am she fell asleep and slept till 9:15am.

Poor Grant had to wake up early and head to an important meeting this morning. He's operating on about 3 hours of sleep, bless his heart. 

The fever hasn't been back yet today, praise God. I'm hoping it stays away. This week was supposed to be fun and full of family time, not full of fevers and sickness. It's just horrendously inconvenient, but we are powering through. 

To put a positive spin on this, I will say that I am THANKFUL for the following:

1. My husband who is just flat out amazing
2. My sweet mother and father in law for all their help and kindness even though they knew they could get sick
3. iPads
4. Movies to entertain a sicky girl
5. Papa John's
6. A low key week that gives us time to rest 
7. Advil
8. Stuffed animals... they really do bring such comfort to a 2 year old girl
9. Fuzzy socks. Just because.
10. My large support system of family and friends that have offered help

When Ellie woke up this morning, she did not have a fever for the first time in 48 hours. We are hoping it stays gone! I placed a call in to her pediatrician this morning. I'd rather get her looked at now and if she needs to get on meds we can start that now so she doesn't have a whole week of sickness.


Onto my 3rd cup of coffee. Have a great Monday!

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