Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Return of sickness

With November came sickness. As usual. Two years ago, it lasted the whole month. Last year, it was the dreaded swine flu. This year, we seem to have drawn the mystery bag.

Miriam has a cough that won't quit. It isn't phlegmy or accompanied by any other symptoms. And the weird thing is that it usually only kicks in at night. I've taken her into the doctor every few days to try to pinpoint what, exactly, is going on. In the meantime, it's awkward because she gives the occasional hack in public and it's all I can do to restrain myself from explaining, "she's not sick, she's just got this cough..." which probably doesn't sound so reassuring.

Magdalena, on the other hand, started her sickness adventure with a fever late last week. At about 3.45 on Thursday afternoon, she told me, "Mama, my mouth hurts so bad." That is a sentence I never really wanted (or expected, come to think of it) to hear from my 2.25-year-old. The clinic closes at 4.30 on Thursdays for the weekend so I had to make a snap judgment - take her in or let it go? I took a quick look inside her mouth with a flashlight to check for obvious signs of strep throat. I didn't see any so I decided it was probably nothing.

All through Thursday night, Friday, Saturday, and early Sunday morning, I regretted that decision not to take her in to the clinic. I ended up taking her in first thing Sunday morning. Isn't that always how it goes? Kids always get sick right when the doctor's office closes or as soon as the weekend hits. Anyway, it ended up not mattering that I didn't take her in because what she has is not strep throat but something like gingivostomatitis - little cold sore things all over her mouth and gums. It's related to HFMD. There's nothing you can do about it but wait it out.

I took both girls into the clinic yesterday afternoon to check their progress and it went something like this: hold one screaming girl on my lap for the doctor to examine while the other paws and clings and sobs at my leg. Reverse and repeat. I almost joined in the crying myself I was so exhausted and stressed.

Meanwhile, Jeremy and I have been spending a lot of quality time with our girls during the hours of midnight and 5 am, which makes for tired days. The lack of sleep has taken a toll on Jeremy and he is on the verge of developing a cold. But not just any cold: A MAN COLD.

Aaaaand that's the reason I wrote this whole post, so I could share the above video. I love it I love it I love it.

Here's to a healthier month from here on out.

(PS - the one line in the clip that's difficult to catch is "you've not heard of LemSip?" which is like TheraFlu. And at the end he asks to watch cbeebies, which is like British Sesame Street.)

12 comments:

Cait said...

Ok, that video is hilarious. And after dealing with some sort of HFMD/herpes infection (still not sure what it was) a few months ago, I feel ya on that one. And I feel Magdalena's pain, as I had it too! Don't eat/drink after her, adults are not as immune as the pediatrician led me to believe.

Karen said...

I'm still laughing--that video is spot on. And just so you know, men get worse and worse at the whole being sick thing as they age!

Crys said...

Wow that was the best. I'm totally stealing it to put on my blog :)

The Harker's said...

Loved the video clip!!!:) Hope everyone is feeling better soon!

Sarah Rose Evans said...

SO funny. Particularly since Eddie came down with a cold yesterday and OH MY GOD THE WORLD MUST STOP! Why is it that Moms have to keep being Moms when they are sick but men get to take a break because they're too tired?

Katie said...

Oh, Bridget. You never disappoint. This is so good. I might steal that for my blog. (I'm running low on idea's and this is too good)

Katie said...

Oh, and I'm really sorry that everyone is sick! "Get well, get well soon."

Amber said...

I love this video! My favorite part is "Poor Little Bunny"...Hilarious! I hope everyone feels better soon. Sick kids are no fun!

Katie said...

Those were the exact parts that I couldn't understand what was being said. Five gold stars to you for thinking ahead on that one. Also, I really hope you all get to feeling better soon.

Oh, and amen about the man cold. Sheesh.

Heather said...

That video is hilarious. It reminds me of all the male patients aged 20-60 I take care of at work. In fact, it's spot on.

Kitty Crazy! said...

The "Man Cold" video is exactly how Stan acts when he gets a cold, a headache, or any little ache, in fact!-Janice

Kristen said...

Terrific stuff. Just terrific. (The video, not the sick children. That is not terrific.)

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