Wednesday, December 23, 2009

was it h1n1?

we'll never know for sure, but f got so, so sick last wednesday night, and it totally sucked. she had had a runny nose for a couple weeks, but that's so standard for her, we hardly pay it any attention any more. but last wednesday night she was talking in her sleep ALL NIGHT LONG, talking talking talking about her dreams and stuff. i keep feeling her back and forehead for a fever, and it wasn't until about 4am thursday morning that it came on. she woke up around 5:30 burning up, and she was feverish for the next 3 days. we'd give her motrin and her fever would go away for a while, but then about 5 hours after the last dose, it would shoot up and she'd just be burning up again. j took sick days and stayed home with her on thursday and friday (did i mention i am married to the best man? the best), and he said friday afternoon her fever got up to 103.5 and she threw up off and on for a few hours. she hardly slept (which, as you know, means neither did we) on thursday, friday, and saturday nights because her nose was so stuffed and she was just. so. sick. and as a parent, having a sick kid is just about one of the worst things in the world. feeling how i did when she was sick for a few days just made my heart break when i thought about families with chronically ill kids - i can't even imagine.

finally last sunday, she woke up without a fever and has been fever-free since. when j took her to the pediatrician thursday morning, he tested her for flu and it came back negative. however (i just like saying "however"), our ped had said in the past that if they test too early, it can come back as a false negative. regardless, he diagnosed a sinus infection and prescribed antibiotics, but those antibiotics didn't do anything - that fever hung out way too long for it to have been a bacterial infection. and now, the lame thing is, we have to continue to give her the antibiotics for the full 10 days. and, hey! kids LOVE taking medicine! so, um, yay for that.

the good news is, it looks like she's all better now. she has not gotten the h1n1 vaccine yet, simply because our pediatrician still has not gotten any, and i haven't sought it out anywhere else. j and i are going to get it at my work in january, but does f still need it? probably, right? i'd just hate to get it for her if she doesn't need it. hmm.

ok, so /vent. some good stuff from the last coupla weeks:

lots of snuggle time with f and j
date night at urban solace with j
dinner with my pal heather
christmas shopping at the tomorrow project
watching "the muppets christmas carol" about 20 times
listening to "john denver and the muppets" christmas album ALL the time
knowing that hacienda & transfer are coming to the casbah
my mom and step-dad bringing christmas to our house
f prancing around in her new dress-up clothes
f prancing around in her new raincoat, rain boots, & umbrella
jeremy at work making cookies with a stone 090909 vertical epic ale reduction (!)
baking cookies for our neighbors
our playgroup donating money & gift cards to CCS
the top chef finale, even though our man kevin didn't win (boo!)
wrapping gifts & drinking wine with j
the holiday hootenanny!
all the awesome christmas cards we're getting in the mail
being done with shopping and almost done with wrapping
and feeling like i've found just the right gifts for almost everyone on my list
oh, and this:

santa took time out of his busy schedule and paid a visit to our playgroup! f LOVED him.

h1n1 or not, life is good. merry christmas to you and yours!

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