A couple of hours after our guests left on Sunday, BubTar walked into our bedroom with pink cheeks. I felt him and he was warm to the touch. A quick oral temp confirmed what I already suspected, a fever. Looks like we sent our guests home with more than party favors! Yikes!
Today is Wednesday and he is still sick. Fever, cough, some mild wheezing (I can hear it with my ear to his chest, but not audibly most of the time), headache, and some vomiting yesterday only. If he is still sick tomorrow, we'll head to the pediatrician's office on Friday. It is such a radically different experience when BubTar is the sick one. I daresay it must be what parents of normal children everywhere experience! With KayTar, it feels like warfare...round the clock meds, tube feeds, glucose checks, urine dips...I have to keep notes on all her ins and outs, I have to set alarms for meds/feeds so I don't get busy with something else and forget. I have to wake up at 2:30am and give her a feed so her glucose doesn't bottom out while we sleep. With BubTar, sickness requires much less action on my part, a little quality time and cuddling, a little video game playing, some saltines, Gatorade, a cup of soup...maybe some Motrin if his fever climbs too high or Sudafed if he is feeling too stuffy. We've actually had a nice week together during his up times; we've played a lot of Super Mario 3 on the Wii and today we watched The Neverending Story. It is nice to have my little man mostly to myself with life at a slower pace. Of course, I've been studying and keeping up with things here at the house, and he's been resting a lot, but we've had a lot of relaxing quality time which isn't always the case with him being in school all day and me being in school 2 nights and on Saturdays. That being said, I'm ready for him to start feeling better and so is he! At least once per day he starts feeling very badly and I just hate it for him. I have a feeling that he's going to end up missing this entire week because as of tonight, he doesn't seem to be improving at all.
And as fate would have it, KayTar is not even off her antibiotics from the pneumonia and her incessant cough is back. No fever yet, thankfully, but she was only off round the clock albuterol for a day or two before this hit her. AGH! Josh is under the weather and I'm feeling a bit sick too, but faring MUCH better than everyone else in the house, hopefully it stays that way!
Thursday Update: KayTar yakked up her morning feed today and has a fever now, too. Geeeeeez.