Much Ado About Something

by Kimberley on March 21, 2010 · 3 comments

It is pouring rain and I should be lounging around with my husband in a luxury hotel room in Seattle but instead I am sitting at my kitchen table in my pajamas and in desperate need of a shower. The best laid plans…

If you read my post last week you know that my biggest worry was about not having enough breast milk pumped for our kid-free trip to Seattle this week. When you catastrophize something it only seems fitting that something far worse should happen. I can’t help but think I may have brought this on myself.

Last week my 3-year-old was very sick with a cold. By the weekend his 11-month-old brother was beginning to become sick as well. On Sunday it was clear to me that as my 3YO was getting better, my 11MO was getting much, much worse. By Sunday afternoon he was labouring for breath so much that I whisked him off to the clinic in the late afternoon. The clinic doctor was no help. He basically made me feel like a hyper-paranoid mother and said his chest was clear and he just had a virus that would have to “run its course.”

I went home feeling uneasy but I spent the next day trying to ignore those emotions because the doctor said he was fine. By Tuesday I was becoming unable to ignore my nagging suspicion that my 11MO was really very sick. On Tuesday, much like on Sunday and Monday, his energy continued to be so low he would barely be up for 15 minutes before he was sleepy again.It was clear he was not getting any better.

By lunch time I knew I had to reach out for some help. I called my local public health nurse and talked to her about my concerns. She was so supportive and I cannot express how much her insight helped me. She said that I knew my child best and if I felt he was really sick then it was likely he was. She recommended I try to see my family doctor and if I could not, then I should  head to the ER immediately.

Unable to get in with my family doctor, I headed to the ER which was the beginning of our 4 day hospital stay. Not only was my 11MO very sick, my suspicions that he had been struggling to breath were correct. His oxygen level was frighteningly low and the first thing they did in the ER was give him supplementary oxygen.

I spent the first part of the hospital stay in a stress induced, sleep deprived daze. I can’t even say for sure who transferred his small, weak body into the hospital crib. He wasn’t as sick as many kids. It was never in doubt that he would not recover; we always knew definitively that we would be leaving that hospital with a happy and healthy child at the end and so, I can’t pretend that we were as bad off as many. But still, it was a very stressful experience. Though, I will say the staff, nurses and doctors were all amazing and very supportive.

On the second day at the hospital, he tested positive for Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus which meant he had to be kept in isolation. He had several cords and tubes coming out of him and it was very difficult to hold him much less nurse him. In fact, he was completely uninterested in nursing and had been for most of the week. It was ironic that after all my struggles to increase my supply and pump like crazy last week, this week he wanted none of it.

Needless to say, our 4 day romantic getaway was called off. I am not going to pretend I am not disappointed. I head back to work in 2 weeks and was really looking forward to the respite before reentering the workforce. But, I am also thankful that my little guy is recovering so well. They released us from the hospital on Friday afternoon and since being home my normal, healthy 11MO has returned to me. Other than the puffer he has to take every 4 hours, life has returned to normal.

We are trying to find another time to take our romantic getaway; after the week we have had it’s clear we need it now more than ever, Unfortunately, trying to line up care for the boys is no easy task and it looks like we may have missed our window of opportunity. And here I thought my Karma credit card was fully charged… I guess not. Oh well, I guess we always have our health.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Shirley Broback March 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Aww hang in there mommy! It is a very scary thing to have baby so sick.
Don’t worry, your couple time will come again! Take care!

Sunnygirl March 23, 2010 at 11:03 am

That’s so scary and awful for you!! Sorry to hear things went so haywire. Hope everyone is back to 100% soon!

Kimberley March 23, 2010 at 1:20 pm

thank you. Everyone is feeling much better now.

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post:

Current Issues

February 2020

Read Now >>

Island Parent Tweens & Teens 2019

Read Now >>

Family Resource Guide 2020

Read Now >>

Upcoming Events

Victoria Boat and Fishing Show
Pearkes Recreation Centre
Starlight Skate
Nanaimo Ice Centre
Home Alone Program
Gordon Head Recreation Centre
February 2020
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
<< prev. month next month >>
Newsletter Signup

Join our Newsletter

Sign up now to start receiving the Island Parent Newsletter. It only takes a minute.

Sign up now...


Excellent Prizes!

Enter now for your chance to win some exciting prizes in our Island Parent Contest! We have new contests often, so check back regularly!