We live a healthy lifestyle. We really do. We eat fresh, healthy, virtually nothing from boxes, nor mixes, nor ready-made, nor frozen (except veggies and tater tots). We eat organic when we can, and when we can’t, then it’s at least all-natural. I make sure the kids get plenty of outside play, and play in general. Our exposure to the outside world is limited to about 3x/week. We all take vitamins and other supplements.
Still. We seem to catch everything that comes down the pike.
Except for Grant, who hadn’t — until last week — been sick in over two years. Everyone else, though, seems to get a serious cold, fever, the throw-ups, intestinal distress, etc., a good 2-3x/year, maybe even more. Multiply that by six (i.e., everyone except for Grant), and that makes a lot of illness.
Most of it is not so serious that it needs a doctor. That happens about once a year, per kid.
Still, it’s baffling, frustrating, heartbreaking, all in one.
The frustrating part from, “WHY do my kids get sick so often??” and the heartbreaking part from just seeing them ill. The baffling part comes from the fact that, since Grant virtually never gets ill, does that mean that, in general, we ARE a healthy family, but that everyone just has weak constitutions? Or, does that mean that I’m missing something somewhere, leading to everyone’s frequent illness, except for Grant because he has an abnormally iron-like constitution? I don’t know.
We just got back from urgent care with Fiala. Three months old, with RSV and an ear infection. Her pulse-ox was at 88%. They gave her a breathing treatment, and rx for Pulmicort and albuterol, to be used in the SVN machine that we already own because of Wesley’s asthma (which, as you may recall, since we took dairy out of his diet two years ago, has dwindled down to virtually nothing during the warmish-to-hot nine months of the year, and which we use about 3x/week during Phoenix’s few cold months). They also wrote an rx for antibiotics for Fiala’s ear infection, but as her temp is actually almost normal (as it has been, the entire length of her illness, which started on Saturday), I think her own immune system is handling that quite well, and I think I’ll let it run its course. I told the doc I’d hang on to the rx, and fill it if her fever dramatically escalated, or if it otherwise appeared that her ear is not healing.
Actually, I think the “bad cold” that everyone has had around here for the last week+ has been RSV, but it’s particularly dangerous for babies, who have smaller lung capacity, and less musculature to cough out lung gunk.
And, I was up at 3:00 a.m. with Audrey, and had her — very unwillingly — in a cool bathtub full of water, with a 103.6°F temp. After I’d dosed her with Tylenol, which didn’t seem to work after giving it a good 45 minutes, I gave her Advil, too. The meds plus the bath got her fever back down to 101.6°F. Even up to 11:00 this morning, her fever was in the 100-point-something degree range, which was great, because that was without additional meds…
I had Audrey at urgent care with me (along with Grant; Ethan & Wes, I left at home), and debated, “Do I pay the $25 copay for them to check Audrey out, too, and have them tell me, ‘It’s a virus; we can’t do anything’? Or, maybe her fever is from an ear infection?? Well, her temp is good now… she’s not coughing… I think we can ride it out.” The, we get home at 12:30, and her temp is back up to 103.5°. 😦
Gave her some Advil, popped her in bed. Prayed. 😦 I probably should have put her in the tub, but my smallest children, I always internally debate, “Do I wrestle them into the tub and deal with them wailing, especially when I know she’s dog-tired? Or, will rest be the cure she needs?” It was lunch time for everyone, so I just put her in bed.