Wednesday, January 12, 2011

are you kidding me with this?

Right after I posted my entry yesterday about how sick I am, I realized that I didn't even mention how sick the little Hopper is. For a week now he's been going downhill--first with the eye crusties (never a good sign) and then progressing to the same horfling snorfling as me only with a lot less appetite and 20 hour a day sleeping jags and fever spikes. So we took him to the doctor yesterday, aaannnnddd??? He has RSV and an acute ear infection (common side effect of RSV). Man, I will be so glad when this kid is able to actually say "Mom, I feel like crap on a stick." Rather than us finding out several days in that I should have taken him to the doc LAST WEEK. In our defense, he didn't really start acting super diseased until Sunday which was the day that he refused to get up from his nap and would only sit up if one of us was available to lean on. I guess I've just read enough articles about how our society is over-medicating our kids and not letting their natural immune systems do their jobs that I tend to try and hold off the pediatrician visit. There was an article just yesterday in the NY Times about how FEVERS ARE GOOD and we should let them happen before all these antibiotic-resistant booglies take over our lives. And yeah, I agree, totally, BUT but buuuuuutttttttttt: damned if you don't feel like a horrible POS mom when you find out your kid has a serious infection and is in pain and you were sitting there waiting for that immune system to kick in. *whistling* doo dee doooooo.
I suppose it assuages a little bit of my catholic guilt complex that he completely barfed a day's worth of jello and mandarin orange slices ALL OVER ME last night. (note to self: next time, skip the green jello, it's disturbing). And no, it doesn't make me feel any better to know that I have it as well.
So, we're just biding our time over here, taking drugs, hoping like hell all this goes away before next Thursday. As it is, we're going to have to boil everything in our house. And dogs, I'm looking at you too. You're getting shaved. (heh, there might be a bright side to this after all).
Yall stay healthy--wash your hands!


Allison said...

Aww, boo, that sucks. All I can say is that I hope you feel better soon--oh, and this really will pass. Benjamin had bouts of sickness upon first starting day care and it all leveled off after about a year of day care.

Mel Francis said...

I know this won't take away the guilt you're feeling, but trust me, not rushing him to the doctor every 5 minutes is a good thing. And he's going to be fine. We survived RSV when Ian was just an infant. It's all gonna be ok. It just sucks big dill pickles right now. Hugs.