I was looking forward to my first mother’s day for a while, wondering how it would feel. However, it didn’t turn out the way I had expected.
Ever since LM has gotten tubes he hasn’t been 100% He still pulled at his ears and was cranky at times. At a week out he was getting more cranky and not sleeping at all in daycare. Last friday I got a phone call from daycare that he had thrown up half his bottle and all his sweet potatoes. He drank a little more and then fell asleep. After he woke up he was cranky and running a low grade fever so I left work and picked him up. He was very sleepy, but still eating ok. I took him to the dr’s after work and they said he didn’t have anything, but that something was coming. I was really nervous because I didn’t want to spend the whole weekend with him throwing up with something like a stomach bug. I didn’t know what was coming.
When we got home he didn’t eat well and was very cranky. He did not sleep well. From friday night through to sunday he was VERY fussy and ate like crap. Every time he would try to eat he would cry and he was hungry and wasn’t eating so he was fussy. It was not a good situation. We could see his two top teeth coming in, he was drooling like crazy, and he had red bumps on his chin so we figured he was teething. So we figured once his teeth came in he would go back to normal. We had survived two days it should be getting better soon we thought. On friday night I also went to the urgent care center and was diagnosed with pink eye in addition to the cold I have. Sunday he still wasn’t better so we called the nurse line and got a doctor’s appointment. He was teething, but the whole issue was not what we thought. The doctor told us LM had hand, foot, and mouth disease. Basically little red blisters all in the inside of his throat that made it hurt when he tried to eat. He had some on his chin, little bit on his cheek, and one or two on his ear. Besides that though, he didn’t have them anywhere else. The doc said straight out he was in pain and that really hurt to think he was in such pain. Made sense now why he was crying all the time. He said he was contagious and that he probably would be out of daycare for 5-7 days. That scared the hubs and I thinking about how much time off from work we would have to take.
So I took off monday and hubs took off today. We have carefully monitored how much he ate and watched his diapers. We have been giving him tylenol every four hours since friday night though we are finally able to space it out some. He barely ate half his normal amount some days. It’s really nerve wracking wondering if your doing a good enough job to keep him from being dehydrated and not really sick. Today the hubs to took him to the doctor again to check on his weight loss. He has lost at least a pound, but he weighs more than he did on sunday so phew. The doc said his throat is still red, but that the blisters are mostly going away. He still has a cold – stuffed nose, hoarse sounding voice, and a cough. Today is the first time he has eaten without crying during/after each sip. Thank goodness. His fluid amount for the day is really low, but I actually got him to eat an entire container of yogurt (4oz!) I was so happy about that. He is finally on the mend. He still takes quick short sips, but it’s better than it’s been. Hopefully in a day or two he will up the amount he drinks and the speed. Hubs thinks that he will eat a ton once he gets his appetite back. I hope so, it’s hard to see him lose a pound or two when he wasn’t that large to begin with. My mom is coming up tomorrow night and is going to watch him while the hubs and I both go to work on thursday and friday. Thank goodness for mommies.
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