Bad Friday

March 7, 2008

Ordinarily, when WonderBaby gets sick – which is to say, every single time she has ever gotten sick – you wouldn’t know it to look at her. She remains bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and ever-inclined to climb bookcases and o’er-leap small sectionals and such, and while this can be very, very frustrating, it nonetheless keeps worry at bay.

Which is why today, I’m worried. She is feverish – which happens – and limp-limbed and quiet and malaised – which never, ever happens, not with her.

So off to the hospital we go. This is the part of parenting that sucks the most, the very most: the knots of worry that pull at your gut, that sicken you, when there seems to be something wrong with your child, something that you can’t figure out but you know is bad. I hate this.

UPDATE: Infected tonsils; possibly strep throat; very definitely sick, sick, sick and contagious (which means, mommy-kisses need to be limited). Have to wait and see how she responds to treatment now. Poor baby. POOR MOMMY.

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    Niksmom March 7, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Oh, I’m sorry you have to go through this. As a veteran of WAY too much hospital time and ER visits w/Nik, I can understand and appreciate the worry. And no matter what anyone says, it doesn’t get easier the more you do it. Sending good health and peaceful easy weekend thoughts your way.

    Heather March 7, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Hope she’s okay.

    Hannah March 7, 2008 at 10:33 am

    She’ll be alright, but I hear you on the fear. Good luck at the ER, I hope the wait isn’t too long and that Wonderbaby is back climbing bookcases soon.

    justmylife March 7, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Hope she feels better real soon. When Little Miss was a baby, she never slept not even when she was sick. One time she got sick and all she did was sleep, I got worried. For a baby who slept for an hour at a time to go to sleeping for 5 hours straight, I was right to worry. But her doctor just kept telling me, when kids get sick, they sleep, stop worrying.
    I would not let it go and he finally said bring her in and it turned out she had a massive bladder infection. Guess Momma knows better than a doctor anyday.
    I would say don’t worry all will be fine, but we all know that if your kid is sick, your going to worry.Good Luck.

    GoMommy March 7, 2008 at 10:43 am

    I’m so sorry your little one is sick, I hope everything is okay and she perks up soon! It’s horrible to see the kids when they are REALLY sick. Please let us know how she’s doing!

    Veronica Mitchell March 7, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    I hope all is well. One of mine does that when she’s sick because she stops drinking and gets dehydrated. So frustrating and worrying.

    FishyGirl March 7, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Oh, I hope she’s alright soon. It’s so so scary to have your normally crazy kid just lie around on the floor, and I speak from doing it far too often for my liking.

    Hope she’s back to her climbing self right skippy.

    jennster March 7, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    blake is the same way. he is ALWAYS running around and acting like he’s perfectly fine when he’s totally sick. nothing ever changes.

    UNLESS he has a fever. that’s the only thing that can potentially knock him out and make him rest. he had a fever last month for FIVE DAYS!!!!!!!!! and the shitty tihng about fevers is that you can’t really do anything for them. ugh.

    hope she feels better soon. and you hang in there as well. smooches!

    Malone! March 7, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    I think all of us, as parents, go thru the ‘I wish I was a Doctor’ blues. In the end, we make the best choices we can- given our lack of medical experience. Once they are able to talk, it gets easier to figure out if they need to see a doctor or not- sometimes…my 12yo told me she broke her arm 7 yrs ago and I told her to relax and go take a bath. In the end, we learned she was more of a doctor than her Dad and I.

    Kyla March 7, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Hang in there. It’s tough.

    Major Bedhead March 7, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    I hope she’s ok. Parents know when their child is really ill – one of these days, doctors will wise up and start believe us.

    Healthy thoughts to Wonder Baby.

    MIP March 7, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Scary, hope she (and you) feel better soon

    pkzcass March 7, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Soon as those antibiotics kick in she’ll be right as rain. And you might even wish they took just a little longer to work…

    flutter March 7, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    poor sweet girls!

    Succinic March 7, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Oh god, not strep! Awful! I had it this winter and very specifically thought that no child should ever be in that kind of pain. I hope everyone wells up soon.

    I don’t really know how the whole link-back thing works, but here’s my post on the current theme:

    My best wishes go with you.

    Amy U. March 7, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Hang in there, girls…I’ve heard Strep throat is making its way around town. Sorry to hear it came knocking at your door.


    Tracy March 7, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Oh my goodness I’ve been reading/enjoying your blog tons but I’m so sorry to hear about the sick one! When Paige got sick I died a little inside so I know how you’re feeling, and I hope you guys feel better!

    Melissa Parlaman (Graco contributor) March 7, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    I just came back from the doctor’s too. However my daughter has an ear infection. so she is still running around like a little maniac but occassionally tugs on her ear & starts whining. however the inevitable antibiotic wrestling will begin tonight. My daughter hates antibiotics & makes it virtually impossbile to give it to her.
    Hope your child is feeling better soon–it is horrible when your kids are sick!!

    pgoodness March 7, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Aw, poor thing. And way to listen to your generally pays off when we don’t ignore things we know to be true. Hope she’s feeling a lot better soon.

    Redneck Mommy March 7, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    I feel your pain.

    And Wonderbaby’s as I’m sick with strep myself. As is my son.

    It would be more fun to have an enema.

    Just sayin’.

    kittenpie March 7, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    that sounds about right – you don’t worry until they seem to be really not themselves. And then you WORRY!

    daysgoby March 7, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Oh, no. Poor baby. Poor Mama.

    Stimey March 7, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    I hope she feels better soon. And I hope there is no strep for you. My kids never get it, but somehow I always end up getting it. And it’s no fun. But with treatment, you feel better really soon. Hope it’s like that for Wonderbaby!

    Ree March 7, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Strep sucks. Poor baby.

    Cara March 8, 2008 at 8:20 am

    I can totally relate to your fears. I am glad you figure out what was wrong. It worse to not have a source of the fever. Hope she feels better soon.

    creative-type dad March 8, 2008 at 11:10 am

    poor thing…

    Hope she recovers quickly

    Sara March 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    wow, here’s hoping she gets better quickly, and you don’t catch it!

    Mac and Cheese March 8, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    I hope she’s feeling better today. Good call on taking her to the ER.

    Mom101 March 8, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Eek, just found update #1 and waiting for updates 2,3, 4, and 5.

    Hope all is well.

    mothergoosemouse March 8, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Oh, OUCH. Poor WB. Feel better soon (and you stay well, HBM).

    Pendullum March 8, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Poor WonderBaby…

    b*babbler March 8, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    No matter how much you may wish for



    when they’re jumping off the wall, and the endless racket

    the silence in sickness

    it’s deafening and sad.

    (wishing good, healthy thoughts for the wonder-family.)

    Jaelithe March 9, 2008 at 2:32 am

    Awww. Get better soon, WonderBaby. I’ll rule the world for you while you’re recovering, if you’d like.

    Angela March 9, 2008 at 10:59 am

    We are enduring round 4000 of strep this year in my home. I so feel your pain. Only my little girl can tell me what’s up and what’s bothering her…..poor little WonderBaby. Feel better.

    Christine March 9, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    it’s sunday now and i hope she is much, much better.

    Running on empty

    Jenn March 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Oh oh oh, no fun. Hang in. My sickies are tucked into bed with me right now too, watching Mary Poppins for the 458th time. “I DRAWS WHAT I LIKES AND I LIKES WHAT I DO.” Oy. Can’t. Recommend. That.

    sweetney March 9, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    oh god, does it EVER END? waah!

    thinking of you, lady.

    Jenifer March 9, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Poor little bug! I hope the meds work quickly and she is on the mend.

    Table for Five March 9, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Oh, your poor little girl, I know how scary that is when a normally never-stops-moving toddler is suddenly lethargic. Big hugs for both of you.

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