I try to keep things upbeat on the blog, but I just need to vent for a moment. I’m supposed to be writing L’s 7 month update post, but that will have to wait a bit. My poor baby has been through the wringer.
Over the last three weeks, L has had the following:
1. A bad cold, complete with congestion, cough and a runny nose that has lasted three whole weeks, and through all of the other crap listed below.
2. Two new teeth. Both of her bottom teeth are now through, which led to some fussy days and nights, congestion andddd…..
3. Her first diaper rash. ‘Nuff said.
4. A flu shot. She got this during her cold, but the Dr. said it was okay as long as she wasn’t running a fever. It made her achy and a bit fussy. In retrospect, she probably felt like garbage, coupled with the cold.
5. Pink eye. We got a call last Thursday from daycare that she had pink eye. We called the doctor, and started administering drops. Babies hate eye drops, in case you were wondering.
6. A high fever. From Friday afternoon until Monday afternoon L was battling a fever ranging from 101 (relatively low, but still feverish) to 104.2 (scary high). We took a trip to Urgent Care, where the pediatrician on call said that “Fevers are good! They mean the body is fighting infection!” which I agree with, but she should have maybe also taken into consideration that L had been fighting a cold for 3 weeks and the fever might indicate some type of infection. She also neglected to tell us at what point we needed to start worrying. A late night call to our pediatrician’s nurse line was more helpful, wherein I learned that the “breaking point” for a fever with a baby over 6 months is 105 – at that point, you go directly to the ER. Thank God it didn’t get to that point.
And, after all of that….
6. A sinus infection. Yes, ’tis true – if you baby battles all of the above plus a cold for 3 weeks, it might end up in a sinus infection. (Hear that, Urgent Care pediatrician?! It’s not “just a cold!”) It did for L. Hubs took her to the pediatrician yesterday and she was put on antibiotics to help clear her congestion. Poor baby only wants to be able to eat and sleep.
So yes…we’ve had a rough few weeks around here. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the antibiotics help and she’s feeling much better very soon. Parenthood is hard at times, but not being able to help your sick baby feel better is pretty much the worst.