My little one still doesn't seem to be getting better and then developed a cough this week. So, off to the Dr we went(again) and was given both good and bad news. Good new- The Sinus and Ear infections are gone. Bad news- The cough is something viral, in essence: there is nothing we can do, we just have to let it run it's course. GREAT! Just what I wanted to hear!
Now we have 2 more prescriptions- cough medicine with codeine(remarkably has no effect-doesn't make her sleepy or anything-she bounces like a ball all day) and another to help her breathe easier. On top of that-continue what I was doing anyway(ie, humidifier, vaporub, tylenol for fever, "hot" liquids, and lots of fluid).
The result of taking these medicines so far is that she's at least sleeping better at night. At least we are now sleeping for a stretch of 4 or 5 hours at a time. Then around 4-ish we awaken to crying and fever. Administer tylenol and a glass of water(at Jasmine's Request), then after 45 minutes, we fall back asleep.
Jasmine is a big eater, until now. She won't eat(so that throws hot soup idea right out of the window). She'll drink though, and never gives me any problems with taking meds. I keep wondering if we should go back to baby food until she starts eating again?
The fortunate thing is that it's the weekend, so I don't have to work, which means I can dedicate my time to helping my little booger get rid of her boogers. I feel exhausted as a result. The same kind of tired one has when you bring home a newborn.
Gotta go, my 2 year old newborn is climbing into my lap and demanding my attention. I'm praying that this gets better.
"My Neck In My Nose"- these are the words my 2-year-old daughter, Jasmine, uttered to me about 2 weeks ago. Today-and for the past few days I know exactly what she means. I feel as if I'm either about to get really sick, or I'm already there and fighting it off.
When my little one said this to me(with horribly, terrible breath-which we learned was the side effect of Post Nasal Drip due to a sinus infection)……I was a bit amused. She obviously doesn't know how to tell me that her sinuses and throat hurt terribly, those are "big" words for a 2-yr old. I did the best I could with Little Cold's Medication and Little Noses Saline Drops- they seemed to work for a while, but we still needed the trip to the Dr's office for antibiotics, a probiotic, and a diaper creme(just in case she gets a rash from the antibiotics).
In any case, I've been going back and forth with myself on this whole getting sick thing. I don't feel the best-then when I exert myself with exercise, I feel like I'm dying. How do I keep trying to be healthy if I'm getting sick? I don't feel like really eating anything because my throat hurts and the food is not very enjoyable, then when I do eat-it's one cookie or a min brownie. Exercise sounds like a great idea….but I feel too worn out to do it….
I'd drink V8 to fill up on a ton of veggie juice if the stuff didn't make me gag(and wasn't loaded with sodium). Soup seems like a good fit-but I don't have the energy to make it. I'm running into some roadblocks here…..I think I'll continue gulping down hot liquids all day instead. Oh joy!
I had to post this quote in light of an article I read recently:
"Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness."
– Robertson Davies