Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sicky-Sicko

Whenever I used to stay home sick from school as a kid, my dad would call me a "sicky-sicko".  He always said it in a way that made me feel like he thought I was faking (which is totally possible since my mom let us lay on the couch all day watching Saved By The Bell reruns while she brought us every meal on a tv tray).

Well, we're now on Day 5 of Nate being a sicky-sicko, and I don't think it's possible to fake this kind of misery.  The first couple of days he had a fever and kept throwing up.  He just sat around like a zombie, asking for hugs and nose wipes.  His fever broke on Day 3 and he's cheered up a lot, but none of us are getting much sleep.

He hardly said a word the first two days, but every once in awhile he would grimmace and say, "Sick!".

Late night showing of Blue's Clues/breathing treatment
Nate getting sick is particularly miserable since he can't cough or control his own mucous, so it needs to be suctioned out constantly.  He's usually really cooperative about suctioning but when it gets to be 10-15 times an hour, he's not as keen on it.  We also have to worry about his trach getting clogged and him not being able to breath.  So we play a constant game of trying to thin out his mucous and then suction it out.  It's as fun/gross as it sounds.  Every time he gets sick I feel validated about the extreme measures we take to keep him healthy.

Hoping for a better day tomorrow!

6 comments:

  1. Ahh yes, that sickness going around.....

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  2. Oh, poor Natey. I hope that he feels better very soon.

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  3. Poor little guy! And you guys too! And as sad as it is, I don't think that top picture could get any cuter, as well as him asking for "hugs and nose wipes". So dang cute. But I hope he gets better soon!

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  4. Amen to Analisa's comment. That first picture is ador.able. And the real question is...what shows is he watching over and over again during this miserable time!? Poor little Naters. Good thing he's so cute.

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  5. Keeping you all in our prayers. Love you.

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  6. Oh wow that sure describes sick! I am so sorry for all of you. Hope Nate feels MUCH better soon! Sorry about all the suctioning too. It IS such a delicate balance trying to manage the secretions anyway and then to add, fever, dehydration etc when trying to control viscosity, well grrr. Tough to balance all of that. Just in case you don't know it, you two are brilliant, amazing and wonderful parents. You are AWESOME. Now I hope you 3 awesome people can get some sleep.
    Love,
    Jan

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