11.09.2008

You know your children are sick when....

1. they put themselves into bed.

2. they aren't interested in trick-or-treating.

3. they have only eaten three pieces of candy since Halloween.

4. quietly sitting through an entire 30 minute show is accomplished (my children do not have the attention span normally).

5. they have turned into my slippers, always following my ankles every step that I take.

6. they walk around with a bucket in hand.

7. a normally hungry child has decided that food ain't that great.

8. they don't even ask if they can have one of the delicious, sprinkled and frosted cookies sitting on the counter.

9. they fall asleep so fast that the gummy vitamin in their mouth wasn't even all the way eaten up and ended up stuck in their hair.

10. they beg you to buy a box of tissues for their constantly running nose!

Yes, my children are sick! I bet that all of your children are sick...at least everyone's children in this neck of the woods are sick. Hailey got sick on Halloween night and we just kept thinking that she would get better. Her list of ailments has grown extensively and it seems like everyday she is getting worse...not better. She throws up from coughing so hard and she can't seem to keep any food in her tummy. She had a temp. of 103 for 5 days and complained that it was hard to breath (scary)! After many hours of talking to nurses on the phone and spending time in the doctors office we have discovered that Hailey has Pneumonia. She has been put on antibiotics and is using an inhaler every 4 hours and another inhaler twice in the morning and twice at night. Hopefully in 48 hours she'll be healed!

My poor little Talon has also been sick and has scared us a few times with his breathing. He sometimes gets into these coughing fits and he seems to not be able to gather any breath in his lungs and is struggling to breath. It only lasts for moments and then he recovers. I have realized in these moments that although I have been certified like 10 times for mouth to mouth resuscitation, I'm not so sure that I could ever possibly do it for real! After two doctor visits they think that he has Bronchiolitis, which is a viral infection usually caused from RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). Unfortunetly for him, there are no antibiotics for it since it is viral and not bacterial! As long as he gets better in the next few days then we will just let it take it's course.

I am so grateful for my sweet little children. It's hard not to feel sad for them when they are begging to be better. I pray that I can do all I need to as a mother to protect them and heal them. John has been a great daddy....ready to hold, wipe, dump, feed, clean, or snuggle anyone that is needing it! Wish us luck as we fight the battle of the beligerent colds!

8 comments:

emily said...

That picture is seriously so sad. I hope that they do start to feel better soon! Having three kids can be ESPECIALLY hard if they are all sick. Good luck, you will survive:) (if just barely...)

The Adams Family said...

Oh my, oh my. I am so sorry. Life is so hard with sick kids. Poor Hailey. I hope they get better fast, you'll be in our prayers.

Jen said...

You know your children are sick when...you haven't called your dear friend in over a week...

We had the same drama last winter--pneumonia in two out of three of our kiddos. Thank goodness they can bounce back quickly! We will be thinking of you.

Emily said...

Oh how sad! It's no fun when the kids are sick. Mine have coughs and runny noses, but nothing like what's going on over at your house! Hope they get to feeling better soon.

Heidi said...

Oh, poor Hecker family! That sounds just awful! I hope everyone gets well soon. Hey, maybe they all just wanted to get it out of the way before the holidays. : ) Wasn't Hailey sick last Christmas?

Nielsen Family said...

So sorry to hear all that! Unfortunately, we've had the same drama at our house, too--bronchiolitis, croup, strep, and laryngitis. Hope you all clear up soon!!!

Colleen said...

Poor babies! It is so scary when their illness gets into those little lungs. We will say a prayer for you guys that this gunk passes quickly too!

Leah said...

Love it...this looks just like annie did for 2 weeks!!! so sorry, it was quite a difficult time and I felt so sorry for her...she was a good patient, though. I hope Hailey was for you too!