Sunday, December 02, 2007

A Strange Kind of Busy


The past two weeks have been a very different kind of busy. Instead of trying to stay on top of cleaning, laundry, dishes, and Christmas preparations I've been preoccupied with a sick child. Allan began running a fever on November 19th which instead of improving became worse staying 102 - 103 even with Tylenol. A day later a cough was added to the list of ailments and then a sore throat. The Friday after Thanksgiving he was diagnosed with a "throat infection" and given an antibiotic. Through the weekend he did not improve and so back to the Dr. on Monday the 26th. His fever then was 103.4 (It's always nice when the child's symptoms stay the same when they're at the Dr's office so the staff knows you're not being an over-reactive mother!) She said everything looked and sounded fine but that we needed to do bloodwork (YEAHHH!!) and a chest x-ray to find out where the fever was coming from. I told Allan that when they "pinched" him we'd start counting to 10 and by the time we got to 10 they'd be done. Unfortunately they also had to do a blood culture and so we counted to 20 and then went back and counted to 10 again but while he was preoccupied counting he wasn't crying.

To make a long story short (since we left home at 10:30 in the morning and didn't arrive back home until 7:30) the chest x-ray showed a collapsed left lung so we were sent to the ER. There it was determined that he didn't have a collapsed lung but rather pneumonia. In my mind I thought, "Pneumonia is a serious sickness, give the child some medicine, they'll sleep for 2 or 3 days and then everything will be okay." Reality is: Pneumonia is a serious sick, they'll sleep for a week and be very lethargic even when awake, the fever will take 6 days to abate, they cough until you think they're going to cough their lungs out (particularly at night), you have to force them to eat and drink, the strong antibiotics cause some very nasty side effects, and you realize the most important thing you can do is spend extra time praying, trusting God, making soup, reading stories, giving backrubs, doing breathing treatments, and giving proper doses of medications. In general your life goes on hold.

Thankfully, Thursday evening his fever began to come down and today there was not fever. Philip slept with him last night and said there were no coughing spells either. He ate his first solid food on Friday and today he actually said he was hungry. I'm so very thankful for the Lord's help and strength these days. I'm also thankful for a husband who trades the night shift with me every other night so that I can get rest. Hopefully by tomorrow he'll be able to sleep alone again. We're now starting to resume some of the normal household routines (at least where Allan is concerned) and hopefully by the end of the week he'll be ready to enter back into the general population. This week I have a wedding cake so I won't be blogging until after that point. Life is good...although Philip said this evening he's not feeling very well.... :o)

12 comments:

Justin and Jennifer Harris said...

Hey Sis, So glad little bubby is feeling better! I hope Philip gets better quickly. The pic of Allan is so sweet and heartbreaking. He really looks like he wasn't feeling to swift. Wish I was there to keep the boys for you while you are doing this cake. We can't wait to see you guys in two weeks! Give the boys hugs and kisses for me! Lots of love!
Jennifer

Linda said...

I have prayed for you all often this week. Hopefully you are on the tail-end of it, and no one else gets sick! :-)

The cakes were beautiful!! At first glance; Michael thought the cradle was real.

David & April said...

Hey all! We were sorry to hear about all the illness latley! The pictures are so cute, yet you just want them to get better! I trust the Lord will continue to pull you all through! Can't wait till you come in for Christmas!! ( no need to bring any sickness with you!) I pray you all feel well enough to make it!!! HUGS!!!
April

Marianne Brown said...

Justin, Jennifer, Evan, David and April - you all had better get flu shots before we come "just in case"! Linda - Thanks for your prayers and cake comments. Hope you have a great week.

Faithe said...

So sorry to hear about Allan's illness -- that brings back memories of how it disrupts the normal routine of life!! Hopefully you're on the better side of it now. I enjoy so much reading about what is happening in your lives, and marvel at the beautiful cakes you create. Hope to see you when you're in PA. It's been too long since we've been together. Love you guys

David and Sarah Fry said...

Ahh...mommy exhaustion. Phil gets major points on my list for doing night duty. It actually sounds pretty scary to me, kindof like an asthma attack on steroids.

I'm so glad he's feeling better. We've had a break from sickness and asthma for a few weeks, and I'm holding my breath, waiting for it to hit again. The doc says they're getting used to the germs of a new area. Uck.

Nancy said...

Soo glad Alan is getting better!! I'd been dying to call you to see, but wouldn't let myself....I was sure you had enough to do already without gabbing on the phone. Just wanted you to know we were all worried and thought of you all A LOT! What a lot of stress for a Mom. And yes....that's sweet of Phillip to share the sleepless nights! Hope you all are able to keep well for a while. If it helps any, all 3 of mine went through the stomache flu last week..hopefully that doesn't happen again for a while :)

sankey family said...

Poor little guy, sounds like he's been through quite a difficult time. We'll be praying for him.

Melodie

Marianne Brown said...

Aunt Faithe, He is improving and has slept through the night for 3 in a row now. His followup visit is next Tuesday and we're hoping we get the all clear diagnosis!
Sarah = asthma attack on steriods...that's exactly what he sounded like! I'm glad your family is north now but the cold weather brings nasty things that I wish you could skip. Hopefully your family will develop their resistance quickly!
Nancy - I almost think I'd rather have pneumonia (myself) than the stomach flu! Whew...so far our family has avoided that sickness for the past 4 years. Hopefully Allan will be able to make it to the cafeteria next week...he's really missed everyone.
Melodie - Thanks for your prayers - we sure have been praying much for Logan. I hope the antibiotics did their thing this time!

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