Sunday, December 16, 2007

My Poor Little Sweetie

Is so very sick. My poor little Hailey has had a cold for about a week and a half. What a coincidence that two weeks ago we went to a playgroup and there was a little boy there with a runny nose. His mom said, "Oh, he's just teething." Mm-hmm.

Well about three days later Hailey's nose started running. Since Hailey has turned one she has had one cold after another. She was perfectly healthy for the entire first year of her life (minus about 2 days when she got her first cold). Something about turning one did not agree with her. Or- could it be that we joined several mommy groups and playgroups right around that time too?

I know that kids are germ factories and colds and viruses are to be expected- but if you know your child is sick- keep him/her at home.

Anyhoo- Hailey's cold seemed to be like her other ones and she was feeling better by the middle of last week. But, Friday afternoon her cough was back and sounded much worse than usual. During the night she coughed and coughed non-stop. By Saturday morning I knew her cough was different so we went to the doctor.

Sure enough- as soon as we got into the room, the nurse said, "Oh, she doesn't sound good it's a good thing you brought her in." The doctor came in and heard the wheezing right away. So, they gave her a breathing treatment in the office which seemed to help.

The doctor said that there is a virus going around right now that is causing wheezing and that this does not necessarily mean that Hailey has asthma. I certainly hope that is the case. My dad and bother both had pretty severe asthma as children and my brother developed his at the age that Hailey is right now. I have problems with asthma when I get sick. So, given that history I am worried that it might not just be this particular virus.

Anyways, after purchasing our own breathing treatment machine, and a prescription of Albuterol we came home. Now every four hours Hailey has to get a breathing treatment and she has been really good about it. It almost seems like the treatment makes her coughing temporarily worse and it makes her nose run like crazy. But, it makes the whistling, wheezing noise stop- so I guess it is doing what it is supposed to.

Apparently the medication is also making it hard for her to sleep- even though the doctor said it shouldn't. She barely napped yesterday but once I finally got her to sleep around 10:15pm last night she actually slept pretty good. She has to propped almost upright in order to get any relief from her coughing. (I'm actually holding her upright right now so she can nap.)

Then this morning she woke up with a fever too. So, she is really having a hard day. So, please pray for my poor little sweetie that she will feel better soon and that this wheezing is not the start of asthma but is just part of this virus.

We are going to be taking a break from our mommy groups and playgroups for a little bit. While Hailey loves going and playing with new toys and seeing her friends- and I need some adult interaction- it is just not worth this.

14 comments:

JenLo said...

Oh, yuck! Honestly though, they seem to get quite a few colds when they are little like this, but they more they get now, luckily the fewer they get as they reach school age.

Talk..to..Grams said...

I am so sorry Hailey is feeling so bad! I will pray she gets to feeling better!
You sure do wish other Mommie's would please keep their sick little ones home!!!
Hugs Grams

MilitaryMom said...

My kids were all healthy, till they started day care! Then it was wall-to-wall colds and viruses! That is why Wonderdad decided to be a SAHD. Yes, other kids are germ factories and I wish parents could get it into their heads to just STAY HOME. But there's always something, right? I hope she feels better soon, and I hope you both have a good week.

Regina said...

Hey there,
I'm sorry that Hailey is feeling so bad. It is so hard when babies are sick because you feel helpless. I will of course pray for your family.
Blessings.
P.S. YOU KNOW parents usually don't keep their kids home when they should, and wherever you have a goup of kids I guarantee you someone is or will get sick... sorry...

Sharon said...

I am sorry your little one is not feeling good.
I get aggravated when people come to church sick. It seems to start with one person and then just jump from one to the other.
I hope she gets better soon and you all get some sleep.
When Julia gets a cold her coughs are always bad and neither of us get much sleep.

Kellan said...

Oh, Melanie, I'm sorry she is feeling so bad - poor baby. Hope the medicine does the job and she gets to feeling better soon. Take care. Kellan

WorksForMom said...

Egads, sorry to hear that Melanie. I hope she feels better soon (and she will). Be sure to rest and take care of yourself too.

KC said...

I don't go to often to my MOPS group. but It NEVER EVER fails EVER that 2 days afterwards the kids are sick EVERY time.. I started going when Sweet Pea was two and every time I went she got sick. Then when Little Man was a baby and he could stay with me he was fine I went he didn't get sick but after he turned a year old and I put him in his class he got sick every time.. I took him for the 1st time this year to MOPS on Tuesday and in the middle of the night on Thursday night he woke up with a bad cold and fever.. the fever is now gone but the cold and cough and runny nose is still here making him cranky.. I tend to agree with you, It's not worth it. Though I do enjoy talking with all my MOPS friends.. but I hate my baby paying for it.. and in return me not getting much sleep or peace because of how cranky he gets.

ValleyGirl said...

My daughters never got sick either until the oldest one was in pre-school last year. Man, did we ever get sick last year!! The problem with most viruses is that you're contagious before the symptoms appear, so there's really no way of knowing and avoiding it. I sure hope the meds start working soon and that both of you will get plenty of rest.

Andrea said...

Kids spread germs in the worst way!!! Especially at this time of year. I hope your little sweetheart feels better really soon!!

ZAM said...

I hope she gets better soon. I just know what you're going through. Matt was wheezing when he had bronchitis. He was throwing up all the time because of the coughing fits and I had to hold him and rock him so he'll sleep -it's the only time he's not coughing. Hang in there.

Common Mom said...

Poor Baby :-( My kids both got SOOOO sick at one time - chest X-rays and everything. Took home the nebulizer and albuterol . . . both of them coughed so hard from the albuterol that it would make them throw up every time. So we stopped that :-( My littlest one had an awful case of wheezing from croupe a couple weeks ago . . . I HATE when they get that respiratory stuff. It's so scary and they just look so awful . . . I hope Hailey is feeling better soon! I feel for ya!

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Tiff said...

Oh poor thing!! We have one of those machines from when Little monkey developed RSV. Tiger and Little Monkey finally got better last week and then we helped my parents move in the rain and well the boys have colds again and now they both have laryngitis on top of it. THey are both so pitiful!

Pam said...

I know it is so hard to deal with sick kids....parents need to think more before heading out to share the germs with the world. Although, being exposed and building up an immunity to some things is good...being constantly sick is never fun. I hope she is feeling better soon!