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They may not be the "Café-Mocha-Vodka-Valium Latte To Go" that I requested on Facebook earlier this week, after surviving two almost completely sleepless nights, but these two pretty little boxes of dairy-free yumminess have kept me going.
In addition to caring for sick children and multiple trips to the doctors office, I've somehow (God's grace!) managed to assemble a couple pretty new bookcases, keep up with the laundry, sort through the boys clothes, and meet with a few contractors for some projects we are having done this spring. I'm also almost done painting the boys' bedroom. If I owe you an email or response in the comment box, now you know why I've been so quiet online. :)
So SO happy that our sweet little guy is feeling better. He gave me a little scare with his low grade fever late Saturday night and extra crankiness. It didn't help that the nurse suggested over the phone that I take him to the ER, since I told her he had a hard time breathing while nursing due to his congestion. With my husband out of town, a 45 minute drive to the ER, and our six other sick children sleeping in their beds, I wasn't sure what to do... I hooked up the humidifier and held him all night, loading up the car Sunday morning to visit our doctors office arriving as soon as they opened, at noon. Next time I will make sure to call and make an appointment first since they told me they didn't have an opening for 2 hours... I was so exhausted and overwhelmed I started to cry. When I told them that we live 45 minutes away they suggested I run some errands... "With 7 kids, most of whom are feeling sick??!! I'll wait in the car, thank you. Please call me if you can get us in sooner." My cell phone rang 10 minutes later... They could squeeze us in. Thank you God!!
My next prayer was answered when, after leaving the doctors office with the suggestion of watching for new fevers/signs of infection, I headed to the grocery store to purchase some vitamins/medicines. It was raining and just as I said a quick little prayer as I parked the car in the packed parking lot that "I could just see someone I know and have them watch the kids for a few minutes"... friends parked right across from me and stayed with my car/kids so I could run in and out real quick. Whew!!
Last night I decided that it was time to take the older girls back to see the doctor since, despite all of my efforts, they had gotten worse and their fevers had returned. When we arrived at the office they handed Twinkle Toes' and Chiquita' face masks to wear while we were in the waiting room. Of course, our little Rose (who is all about the accesories!) had to have one as well. She is still running around wearing her face mask !
My poor girls are both really sick. Wheezing... Pneumonia... and most likely RSV....
Twinkle Toes' oxygen levels were the lowest and they gave her a breathing treatment right away. I was sent to the pharmacy for antibiotics and medicines for both Twinkle Toes and Chiquita. Shortly after I arrived home a nebulizer was delivered as well, so I can keep giving the girls breathing treatments as needed.
It is spring break this week and our pediatrician is out of town, but I am so thankful for the other doctors in his office, and that the girls are already feeling a little better today. I am also thankful that Hubby will be home a week from tomorrow. It is turning out to be a really long and hard three weeks!
Thank you all for your prayers!
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