More is Sometimes Too Much

Stacy complained that I haven’t been blogging. This is why. This is what I would have been blogging about. Do you REALLY want to know all this crap?

So, let’s see:
mid-March — Elaine has an allergic reaction to eye makeup, and looks like she’s been beaten up. Gets steroids.

March 30-April 7 or so — Rotavirus strikes our house. Helen had it first, and then Alice, Daddy, and Mommy got it two days later. Second year in a row for April Fool’s Day Rotavirus.

April 5-now — I have had major allergy problems… On April 20, I went to see the allergist for a regular checkup and had laryngitis. Got Flonase and eyedrops in addition to the Allegra I’m already taking.

April 20 or so — Helen develops a very deep chest cough. We go to the pediatrician and get cough meds for her. Mommy still has no voice.

April 26 — Helen starts spiking fevers of 102F and above, so we get the if-we-need-it antibiotic prescription filled that we had gotten the week before. She’s still coughing very deeply, and is now limp and miserable. Mommy still doesn’t really have much of a voice, and has now developed a nasty cough, too.

April 28 — I take Alice to the pediatrician because her behavior is weird and I suspect that her ear tubes may have come out and she’s getting an ear infection. Nope, they’re still in, and she’s fine. But the pediatrician looks at Helen and says, “Is she still sick?” and peeks in HER ears… Both nasty infected, to the point that the antibiotic that we’ve got her on isn’t going to kill it. So she gets a booster shot of “Elephant Gun” antibiotics, and we finish the course of the oral antibiotics afterwards.

April 29 — I managed to go to Paducah and not drink an entire bottle of Robitussin on the bus, though I considered it. I did consume most of a bag of cough drops, though.

May 4 — After three blissful days of not coughing at ALL, I start a deep chest cough again. Out of nowhere. Coughing fits that make me pee in my pants and pull muscles, and they last for LONG periods… 20 minutes and up. Miserable.

May 6 — We saw Alice’s ENT doctor at a party.

Since then, she has had TWO ear infections that have caused pus-filled drainage to drip down the sides of her head and cause her hair to cake to her ears. Her second set of tubes, inserted in December, are still in place. We did a course of oral antibiotics for the first infection, and finished that this past week. And Sunday we started seeing the other ear start draining pus all over the place. It’s nasty. And this one really seems to HURT, where the one last week was more of an inconvenience. But if we touch Alice’s left ear she gets really upset and holds it and cries.

We have an appointment with the ENT tomorrow afternoon to see if she needs larger tubes, or if there’s possibly something else going on that would be causing this.

Meanwhile, I was diagnosed with “some sort of respiratory infection” on May 10, and did oral antibiotics and prescription cough suppressants and codeine to get through it. I’m finally coming out of it, though I have coughing fits in the evenings most nights. I’m able to sleep without medicinal help now, though. Thank God.

Jerry has now started the gutbusting coughing that I’ve had for the past 2+ weeks, bettering my version by adding a fever and lethargy to the mix.

RaRa suggested that we all move out of the house for a few days and set off a Lysol Bomb.