Boy did I feel like a bad, sad, overwhelmed mommy.
How can her sweet little 17-lb body handle all that! And how did she get so many ailments in 11 days?! (I'd taken her to the doctor almost two weeks prior and she was in pretty good shape.)
I'd heard of RSV, but had no idea what it was. Turns out it's similar to an upper respiratory infection, but can be very serious when caught by an infant. Scary, I know. Thank God she didn't have the wheezing that commonly accompanies this virus! For more facts about RSV, click here.
After almost a week of feeling terrible, Arley pulled through. I know five days of sudden, extreme illness is nothing, but it sure felt like forever. I'm so grateful she's doing better, and we are all washing our hands even more frequently. (...Which I didn't think was possible. I mean, Hello, I'm in health care and my husband is a teacher. We practically live on hand sanitizer!)
To add to that, her big brother has been battling ear infections and a stuffy/runny nose for months, so on Friday he's going to have surgery to get new tubes in his ears and an adnoidectomy. We are very hopeful it will help him feel and breathe better! My poor little guy...
And did I mention that while caring for Arley, I got sick? And that my husband has crazy bad allergies that just won't quit? We sound like a fun bunch, I know. But surely there are other families out there whose kids are in day care and are experiencing a similar situation... Right?
And it gets better the older the kids get, right????
In the meantime...Lysol anyone?
Mandy Forbus is a Senior Marketing Specialist for Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst Euless Bedford and mom to two little troopers.