Wednesday, October 17, 2007

It's the little things that count....

...like viruses

In one way or another we, the Royal We, as in, The Spud, although also 'we' the parental units of said spud, have managed to be ill for two weeks and posting has been an effort. Also, I'd hereby like to request that the bloggers I read regularly stop posting so frequently as I haven't been to see any of you in ages and the amount of reading time I know I have in my future to catch up with you all is going to be enormous!

First, it was a little rash of a Tuesday afternoon. A bit heat-rashy and sort of t-shirt shaped. This didn’t seem to bother the Spud much, only if he was naked he would rub gently and happily away. He also had a bit of a low fever which doesn’t normally come with heat rash, oddly, so after a professional appraisal (a half dozen Mums standing about the playground looking at my topless spud on a sunny afternoon) off to the docs we went on Wednesday afternoon to establish whether or not it could be measles, or you know, meningitis. Not that he had spots that wouldn’t disappear, just that you know; spots, fever, panic.

So, off to the docs to reveal the culprit, a minor virus, no treatment necessary.

All well and good for the rest of the day. The next two days saw the rash fade but the spud started succumbing to a cold and at 5:30am three days later we had… croup! Again! Ah the joys of A&E at 7am on a Saturday morning. Listen as your son struggles to breathe. Watch as he crawls wheezing around A&E pulling things apart and pressing buttons on life-saving equipment. See him touch the toys just touched by that limp-looking little girl whose parents are in deep conflab with the doctors and who is wearing nothing but a nappy to bring her temperature down. Listen as she coughs. Pray.

By Sunday night the croup was gone but a fearsome cold had set in. My poor little bear snuffled and snotted and occasionally still harped like a seal. We had him in bed with us one night as his breathing was so bad and by Monday he was coughing up something that seemed to be chewy and so it was back to the doctor to listen at his chest. All well, apparently, just a little cold. Yay, we thought. Just the remnants of the virus. He’ll be right as rain soon (and how right, exactly, does rain get?)

Not very, apparently.

Wednesday night he was very restless and he greeted Thursday morning by vomiting copiously. He vomited all day. The Frog vomited all the next day. I vomited all the next night. My brother, Uncle Hoto who is here on a visit, vomited all the next day.

In fact, apart from the spud we’re all pretty much basket cases.

Still, in good news, the spud is well enough to eat ice-cream. Should I be feeding ice-cream to my one-year-old in the park in October? Probably not but you know, he’s been sick for two weeks and it made him very, very happy. And, as I ate most of it, it made me happier still.

27 comments:

rachele said...

We are sending Charlie and his parents love and healing thoughts. It sounds like he has a strong immune system to fight it all off so well, and so quickly, and he looks so grown and gorgeous in his photo!

Self employed mum said...

What a time you've had. Poor you, a mother never really gets time to be unwell. Glad you are coming out the other end. x

Jen said...

Sorry you had to go through all that. Hope you are all feeling 100% now. He is gorgeous! And, a little ice cream never hurt anyone.

The HOR blogger said...

AWWWW he's looking so GROWN!! WOW. Just wow, and CUUUUUUTTTEEE!! EEEK!

And ice cream? DAAARRRLING it's liquid frozen Calcium! We HAVE to eat it for our bones sake!

Sparx said...

Rachele - received with thanks, that's very thoughtful! And thanks, he is amazingly grown up these days! Smoking and his own tax return next... Great to see you.

Sparx said...

Self Employed Mum - it's true. And boy did I find out the hard way while changing a pooey nappy at 4am and feeling extremely bilious! Good to see you!

Sparx said...

Jen - thanks hon. And you're right. In fact I think it did us both a world of good! Good to see you!

Sparx said...

Lindy! How right you are darling, I shall go out and buy more immediately! Thanks for checking in, I'm way behind on everyone's blogs....

~nm said...

:D I had such a good laugh at "And, as I ate most of it, it made me happier still." Sounds so much like me :)

Elsie Button said...

oh my god, poor you guys. but you sound so chipper, despite this nightmareish time you have been though. god having a baby is stressful isn't it!

BOSSY said...

You're a good mom, Chickie.

Sparx said...

~nm - hello and welcome! Yes I think we can all use icecream once in a while, hey?

Sparx said...

Elsie - seriously... but I wouldn't trade it in and I know you wouldn't either!

Sparx said...

Bossy - thanks hon, kind words needed. Good to see you, thought we'd lost you there...

Sue said...

Sounds awful... how are you and the Frog doing now?

As for the spud, I want to know what happened to that little baby of yours! This here picture shows one handsome little BOY and doesn't seem to have anything at all to do with the spud I've known so far.

Jennie said...

What a charmer! He wears his illness and his ice cream well, that boy.

I take it as a perk of the job, that one get's to eat the rest of one's young's food. Even if it's before they get it themselves. What they don't know w...ill make me fat.

And how lovely it must have been to also have uncle Hoto over for a spot of virus. The family that spews together...well, you finish that one.

Get well wishes from CPH!!!
PS: I actually have semi-fond memories of the croup

Ivanna said...

Let's think positively, yeh? At least the family fun didn't ALSO include a round of virulent pink-eye! :) :) Sorry to hear that you were all so sick!

jenny said...

ohh.. poor you and Spud and Frog and Hoto... It's no fun being sick and then sharing germy germs with everyone around you. But glad to know also, that you all are feeling better! Nothing cures like ice cream cones! :o)

Well you have no worries with my postings, as I am still working at the store and only writing here and there. I am soon done, though, so will be back to near daily postings again.

holly said...

wait until the illnesses double-up. we had chickenpox on the 2yo, then i had to start treating a verucca on the 8yo, then they both got pinkeye. sheeeesh, a little health here? and DANG i forgot the ice cream. i've been robbed!

DJ Kirkby said...

So glad you are felling better! And that we don't live close enough to visit and share your germs! Of course it is okay to feed 'his gorgeousness' ice cream, he earned it and so did you!

Belle said...

What a strong baby you have! So ill and still as happy as can be in that pic. Isn't it good to know that even croup and vomiting all go away in the end? It sure helps me through those hard winter viruses!

Sparx said...

Sue - I know, it's all gone so fast! Good to see you!

Sparx said...

Jennie - LOL on all that! Am trying not to eat the spud's food though as I'm flabby enough as it is... Good to see you.

Sparx said...

Ivanna - pink-eye seem to be doing the rounds, hope you're ok! Good to see you.

Sparx said...

Jenny - phew on that, will check in in a week or so when I'm back from my trip. Hope it's gone well, good to see you.

Sparx said...

Holly - I think that's what's happened to us, although no pink eye (so far, touch wood). Poor you, hope you're all well now! Good to see you.

Sparx said...

DJ, yes I was counting the days! I know you've written an entire novel since I checked in and it'll be ages before i can again, hope it's all going well, good to see you.