... I can't believe I didn't see it coming... really... rookie mistake. First, both of the boys were sick before the surgery. The next week Matt got sick. Then Danny got sick. Then BOTH boys were sick. Now they have been healthy for almost a week. Things have been normal around here. (Of course, "normal" still involves the boys waking up at 1:30 and 4:00 am every single night... but these are just the bad habits we established while they were sick. They'll stop this eventually... right?) Nine doctors appointments and eight prescriptions for the boys in the last 30 days. All the while Kirsten has been flying under the radar... healthy and happy. I should have seen it coming.
Saturday Kirsten was "not herself". Sunday she was "under the weather". By Monday she was sick. She stayed home from school Monday and Tuesday. I attempted to send her to school today and was called to pick her up at 8:47 am. We went straight to the doctor where she was diagnosed with Croup (I HATE croup... they get SO SO SO sick with croup!)... AND Influenza B. Croup AND the flu!!! I didn't know that was possible! (According to Web MD it's not unusual... but it should be.)
So my poor girl is quite sick. And here's the kicker... the doctor said it would be "virtually impossible" for the boys to escape these illnesses. So I'm praying... I have a lot of time to pray because I'm up with Kirsten all night long while she struggles to breathe... but I'm expecting to have 3 sick kids by next week.
LUCKILY I gave up complaining for Lent! (This has all just been the sharing of facts people! I have not yet complained! ...Not even about the 2.5 hours of sleep I've gotton each of the last 3 nights.) So I am focusing on the positive.
Here is my list of the positive:
-We have wonderful doctors who always fit us in if we need to be seen
-All the illnesses we have encountered are treatable and short term.
-We have a wonderful support system. Grandpa is working triple time helping out.
-Brian and I are both able to take off work to care for our children when we have too. It's inconvienient but it's possible
-Sick children only want Mommy. This is hard but it is a very precious fact. They are my babies and they KNOW I will do anything I possibly can to take care of them.
Who needs to complain? This 40 days is going to fly!
So... because I want to focus on the positive and remember the sweet moments... here is what it's like to be home with my little girl when she is sick.
Don't you wear a swimsuit when your sick? No? That seems strange. It had hearts on it... very appropriate for February.
Kirsten was SO happy when I suggested we photograph the different hairstyles we gave her doll-head. It was precious.
On a day she was so miserable it took so little to make her smile.
...So just 39 days until I can tell you how I REALLY feel about this ;) Hopefully by then my kids will be healthy!