A month ago we were hit with the Norovirus and sadly two weeks following it came back around and got us again. Then this past Friday my son starts feeling ill and after multiple calls to the doctor/after-hours line, a trip to the Urgent Care and then to the doctor, we’ve found he has mucus in his lungs and two ear infections. The poor little man never catches a break and we’re feeling awful for our sick toddler!
Yesterday was the worst. He was coughing so bad he was throwing up everything, could barely eat and was on a week of sporadic sleep. His body just wouldn’t keep the antibiotic in that is necessary for him to get better and we were worried he’d gag in his sleep from these horrid coughing fits. My husband was up all night, not feeling well himself, and we just stayed in and out of consciousness until early morning.
Today I went to the doctor to talk about the antibiotic; Tot was finally keeping some food down and his cough medicine was started to work a bit. There was this moment when the doctor was telling me that if he doesn’t like the antibiotic to mask it in a drink like juice or Gatorade. We had an amusing little conversation… well amusing to me that is.
“I could… I guess, put it into a drink. He doesn’t really drink a lot of juice or Gatorade. At least, he takes sips of it but I’m not sure if he would drink enough to mask a tsp of medicine.”
“You could put it into some milk.”
“He doesn’t drink milk…”
“He doesn’t drink milk? How does he get calcium?”
“Cheese and Vitamin B from broccoli. I substitute since he really hates milk.”
“Well, you could put it into a Slushy or an Icee drink from the gas station.”
“He doesn’t like those… or soda since the carbonation scares him… or Koolaid or really any sugary type of drink… but I could try some juice.”
“What does he like then? What does he drink???”
The face of the doctor and the nurse practitioner was pretty priceless. They kind of just stared at me. A suppose a 4 year old who likes broccoli and water is an anomaly in this day and age, but my tot really does love super cold glasses of water. Unfortunately, it is the one drink that does not mask icky antibiotics well. He’s very good at taking his medicine though, it’s just that anything upsetting to his stomach will find its way back out again.
Armed with more antibiotics for what was previously lost, I was able to get the dose into him today without too much of a hassle and he got to have his glass of water untainted. He’s still exhausted and coughing, but he’s in good spirits enough to mess with my hair and play pranks on big brother in the bathroom. It’s a lot easier dealing with the mess of ailments when he’s cheerful and not so sad. I miss my silly happy boy.
It seems like everyone has been sick lately. I’m waiting for the season to pass in hopes that my house won’t feel like a quarantine zone and we can get back into the normal swing of things. I’ll be sharing some tips later for those of you with little ones needing help with colds. Since I’ve gotten so much information from multiple doctors over the last few months, I thought I would share my expertise! Until then, I’ll be downing Vitamin C in hopes this illness will pass me by and helping my little guy get out of another sickly spot.
Thank you, everyone, for your patience with me.