I've fallen behind on the daily grace and so many other things around here this week (hello, dust bunnies) for very good reason: we're all sick. Really sick. Well, Reese and Dan escaped the worst of it, they just had runny noses for a week, but Griff, Xander, and I have each taken that virus and tucked it into our own unique especially-susceptible respiratory tracts and used it to grow amazing bacteria.
Xander ended up in the ER on Wednesday night. You know I'm one of the least-paranoid parents around when it comes to kids and illness, I rarely take a sick kid in to the doc because, frankly, there's nothing they can do for your average cold. But when X was glassy-eyed on Wednesday afternoon, and then breathing too rapidly, and had a fever of 103.4 (higher than I'd ever seen in any of the kids), and was alternately irritable and listless, and was shaking when he lifted his cup...it was time to phone the doc. The pediatrician on call sent us to the ER, where poor Xander was subjected to blood draws and flu/RSV testing and x-rays and finally a diagnosis of bacterial pneumonia and half an hour of IV antibiotics. He saw the pediatrician yesterday and today, had another shot of antibiotics today, and while he's still a pretty sick baby, he's a million times better than he was two days ago.
Griffin's cough was sounding worse on Thursday, and with his history of respiratory illness and his brother's pneumonia, I wasn't taking any chances - kept him home, took him to the doc. He's on antibiotics and home again today but getting better. We've decided to cancel/postpone his party, which was a sad and difficult decision, but it's the responsible thing to do.
I've been fending off a sinus infection and ear infection since early in the week. Tending sick kids and getting home late from the hospital and such hasn't left a lot of time for things like resting and recouperating. The neti pot is great but only if I can take 10-20 minutes to use it! Sudafed works but only when my head isn't too preoccupied and fuzzy to remember to swallow it.
So, at any rate, there has been precious little space for noticing the "small things" this week. We are very focused on the big picture. The *big things* I'm grateful for right now:
- my baby is ok
- the rest of us will get better soon
- we have amazing, amazing friends who have entertained and fed my older children, picked Reese up from school and delivered him home so that I didn't have to drive sick kids around, dropped everything to tuck Griff and Reese in to bed and waited patiently for Dan and I to return from the hospital late at night
Modern medicine is a wonderful thing. I am grateful for modern Western medicine with its fast lab techniques and IV pumps and broad-spectrum antibiotics.
Good friends are an equally wonderful thing. Having somebody who you know will gladly care for your children on a moment's notice is such a blessing. Knowing that they will find a truthful but not scary way to talk to your older children about their brother, knowing that they know you well enough to substitute-parent them in a way that jives with your family, is comforting during a crisis.
This has been a week during which we have focused on loving and being loved, caring and being cared for, and that is no small thing.