Saturday, December 09, 2006

Comforting Company

Last night was yet another battle with Elaina's new nemesis, the flu.

She had a much less severe bout of throwing up, again. Surprisingly, she didn't make much of a fuss and put herself back to sleep. It wasn't until about midnight, when I checked on her before heading to bed that I noticed her bedding was soiled. Fortunately for me, I had been covering her crib sheet with a soft, fleecy blanket to keep her warmer during the night. Nothing says WAKE UP AND SCREAM like a cold crib sheet when you've just fallen asleep. Add that to the Smart Mom Tip #2. I gently scooted sleeping beauty to one end of her crib and exchanged a fresh blanket for her to cuddle against.

At this point, she has surpassed the 24 hour mark and her nose is once again shooting like an active volcano with each and every sneeze. I made an appointment with the doctor to come to to find out that she has another ear infection and a plain, old fashioned cold to accompany her digestional distress. With two prescriptions later, we arrived home for Elaina to finish out her car-nap for another hour. In the meantime, Grandma and Grandpa W. arrived for a weekend visit. Prior to them making the 3 hour trip , I had called them to forewarn them of the circumstances they were about to encounter. A sick child and the potential of their daughter-in-law who may be bedridden the following day if I've contracted Elaina's germs. How welcoming !
Lucky for us, they weren't scared and were anxious to spend some time with both of us, no matter how germ-infested our house was.

When Elaina woke from her nap, she was greeted with a happy grandma ready to wrap her arms around her in a warm hug. We did pretty much next to nothing for the rest of the day. The three of us took turns cuddling our sickly sweetie and tried to keep her well hydrated. Elaina had plenty of ups and downs throughout the day when she'd be ready to play and have fun, only to crash only a short time later from wearing herself out.

So, I wonder who will fall victim next to this demon flu ?

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