This week’s illness is a massive head cold. He’s been sick since Friday night, so we’re at the holding him at night next to the humidifier covered in baby rub so he doesn’t cough all night long stage. We missed school again this week.
So far, we have:
Week 1 – Stomach Virus
Week 2 – Went to school both days, ate all his meals and started acclimating to his environment
Week 3 – Fever, runny nose, cough and a mantra of “my ears are stuck”, no school
I have to say, “My ears stuck, Mama,” is the cutest way ever to describe that full feeling your ears get with a cold, but I’m probably a bit biased.
Everyone, from his father to all aspects of his medical team (neonatologist, EI therapists, pediatrician) agreed we were ready to skip isolation this year and try school in January. I had my doubts, but I chalked them up to preemie mama crazy and went along with the plan.
I don’t want to be right.
We selected a school with the smallest class we could find (6 kids). I knew last week at drop off from the red, runny noses that we were probably in for it.
I do wish I could just react normally to sickness instead of feeling like I need to sit up all night listening to him breathe, and freaking out at every moment his breath pauses before the start of a coughing spell.
I left him with Daddy today, and came into work for our monthly staff meeting. I needed the break, and Daddy is just as watchful if not more careful than I am.
To top it off we’ve got relatives making comments like:
“Wow, he really doesn’t tolerate noisy environments well. I wonder if something’s wrong.”
Yeah, he was born before his neurological system was fully developed. That’s why you were kicked out of the NICU for being loud. 😛 And it’s what we’re working on in EI every week along with his eating, tone and orthopedic issues.
“I hope he’s not developing childhood asthma.”
His lungs STILL aren’t fully mature compared to his peers. It’s WHY we were on isolation last winter. So yeah, he does get out of breath more easily than other kids his age. His saturation level starts out lower than theirs without being sick.
Or my favorite…
“I thought he was going to catch up by 2. His birthday’s next month.”
GRR. Sigh. These are the types of days where I’m pretty sure I could still use some therapy or a vacation. I think I actually miss RSV isolation. I know me from last year would laugh at me, and give me an are you serious look.