Posts Tagged ‘winter blues

05
Mar
14

I Think I Miss Isolation

Drake and I are sick…again. I know some of it is starting preschool. I just didn’t think I would actually miss isolation!┬áPeople are just not shy about sharing their germs with others.

At least two family members admitted to me that they felt under the weather before/at the birthday party, but instead of keeping their distance as they would have last year they thought it was safe to be around him. Safe or not, the poor kid has been sick since New Year’s Eve we could at least refrain from shoving germs in his face, am I right?

Spring is just 15 days away. Spring is just 15 days away.

I’m ready for some of this action:

1st swing at the park

1st swing at the park – April 2013

 

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14
Mar
13

Alone No More

This week I am so thankful for a brave mama in my area who decided to start up a local support group.

I was usually at the NICU during the day, so I didn’t run into many other parents. I definitely had my moments of feeling extremely lost the past year as none of our friends or family had ever had a NICU experience.

That’s something the preemie internet community definitely provides as we share our stories and support each other, but it’s nice to know there’s someone close by that you could invite to coffee if you wanted to.

That’s all I’m going to say about that for now as it’s a small, private group. Anyone in the Cincinnati area is welcome to join who has experienced a NICU stay with their child though so feel free to message me if you’d like to be pointed in that direction.

I had two reminders on facebook today of WHY we have endured RSV isolation for most of his first year. My bout with Influenza A was a scary reminder, too, but these images make my heart stop and are keeping me up tonight.

One was a post on my college band alumni page about a couple who graduated a bit after me that lost their son at only 13 months old after a brief illness. The second was of one of my college roommates full-term infant son with a breathing treatment mask on due to RSV.

So even though the long, cold winter is drawing to a close and spring can be felt in the air. I will not be lazy or forget exactly WHY we are doing what we do. It’s so tempting to go ahead and take him with us on errands, but we have worked so hard to be healthy. He has worked too hard.

And my heart just aches for these families dealing with loss and illness….

31
Jan
13

Curing the Winter Blues

I read back over my last few posts and there is a distinct sound in all of them.

A WHINE

I think I’ve reached that stage of RSV isolation where I’m just stir crazy and whining. The lack of sleep recently as we get through our first teething adventures isn’t helping much either.

Luckily, I have a ton of reports to do for my work from home/work from work 1 day a week job to keep me busy.

Drake was born in February smack dab in the middle of a serious RSV season in our area. We ended up being in isolation until mid-June at our pediatrician’s recommendation, so we only had a very brief time out and about until going back into hiding when October hit.

Today, as the wind blows 30mph and it’s 27 degrees outside is a day for summer dreams!

1. Zoo Trips – Gammy gave us a season pass to the Cincinnati Zoo for Christmas. I love our zoo, and CANNOT WAIT for long summer days visiting all the animals.

2. Vacation – We are determined to at least take a mini 3-4 day trip this summer. ROAD TRIP. We’re operating at about half income with my part-time status, but we should be able to make it happen somehow.

3. Swinging – For his first birthday, we got Drake a toddler swing to hang off our swing frame in the back yard. He loved his infant swing and I can’t wait to introduce him to the joys of flying through the air.

4. March for Babies – Late April is kind of hit or miss in our area. I’m hopeful it will be a beautiful spring day and we can participate in our first March for Babies as a family. It takes place a day after the anniversary of our original due date. A poignant reminder.

Happy, Healthy cold/flu/RSV season to all! I hope your summer dreams are just as sweet.

 




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