Monday, March 5, 2012

The Plague

The plague aka walking pneumonia has struck our happy home. It started with SB who was told at his 5 year check-up (which took place when he was actually 5 years 5 months old because that's how on top of these things I am) that he has walking pneumonia. At that very same appointment the pedi checked out QT at her 3 year check-up (which took place on her third birthday so see, I am on top of things with at least one child) and declared her healthy. About the same time SB was finishing up his antibiotics, QT started coughing something fierce so it was back to the pedi for her and yep, sure enough, walking pneumonia. Getting QT to take the antibiotics has been a struggle. She is one very strong willed little girl who loves to cry and scream and it literally takes every ounce of patience I can muster to deal with her some days. The more days though she takes it the better she is about it so I figure by tomorrow, which is her last day taking it, we'll have no issues whatsoever. Then, a year from now when she's sick again she'll forget how easy and painless it was to take it and we'll be back to screaming and crying. Ugh.

Anyway, I had high hopes that the baby would avoid the sickness which has descended upon our normally happy home but he too started coughing loudly yesterday. I'm hoping that spending some time in a steamy bathroom will help him but if not then it's back to the pedi for the third time in three weeks. I know so many parents for whom this is just typical, one kid gets sick and then everyone gets sick, but my kids aren't sick all that often and this is the first time for them to be really sick since I had the baby so honestly, it's wearing me out.

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