Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Sickies

4 weeks ago, the stomach bug hit our house and Jaden threw up in his Sunday School class.  Fast forward to today, where we have been hit with pneumonia, strep throat, sinus infections, the flu, and colds.  For the past 4 weeks the boys have had fevers of 99-103 degrees, with Micah having two nights of hallucinations where he tried to eat his blanket.

Tomorrow will be our 7th doctors appointment, probably our 3rd round of antibiotics (for Jaden), and we have spent over $300 on medication, vitamins, doctor's visits, etc...  Micah has missed 9 days of school this month, and Jaden missed school today.

I have pumped my babies full of vitamins and probiotics, made healthy meals, sanitized our entire house, and still cannot seem to get rid of this bug.  Even Martin with his rock-solid immune system got hit and I have never seen him sleep so much.

In a word....unbelievable.  In three words....this mama's tired.

Our nights are full of Children's Tylenol, humidifiers, boys sleeping on our chests and coughing in our faces, sick breath, temperature checks, nebulizer treatments, and we are running on about 5 hours of sleep a night.

I have prayed until I can pray no more, and today I cried me some angry tears.  Loving people are calling to check in, asking what they can do.  All they can do is pray that this leaves our house.  I can't remember a time where we were all hit this hard with something for so long (although we have all gotten sick together before, but never for this long).

In the midst of all of this I am trying, trying to find things to be thankful for. Such as:

-We don't live in the prairie days
-We have great doctors who are only about 1 mile away
-Our doctor didn't charge us for 3 co-pays
-We have modern medicine (that is supposed to be helping!)
-I am home full-time to take care of my family and don't have to worry about work
-We have warm beds and clean sheets
-We have chicken soup, lots of food and juices, and everyone has their appetites.
-Cartoons (although my boys have watched more cartoons this month than probably in their entire lives!)
-My husband, who gives me many moments of reprieve even when he isn't feeling well himself

I hope that my next update will be much happier and healthier!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so sorry Jaimie! When we were hit hard a few years ago (two months of crud) I remember being thankful that I KNEW it would pass. I thought of all the parents that deal with chronically ill or terminally ill children. It didn't make me any less sleepy but being thankful for stuff is certainly what God would want us to do. I know the Lord will reward your heart!! Praying healing over your home friend!!