Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When Real Life Trumps Blogging

I didn't plan to take a blogging break this past week, actually I figured I would have a ton of time to get ahead. But when real life gets hard, my laptop gets left in the corner untouched.

Thursday, Mike had a procedure similar to LASIK called PRK to fix his eyesight. Both he and I have worn glasses or contacts since 3rd grade (our kids have no chance of good eyesight) and we've both been looking forward to getting corrective surgery. PRK works best for his specific type of astigmatism but it involves a longer recovery time. So we planned ahead to have my parents come watch the kids while I took care of him. They arrived Wednesday night and the procedure went perfectly the next morning. But we could tell throughout the day on Thursday that something wasn't quite right with Connor. His eyes were full of gunk and he was being extremely clingy. By Friday night, he was throwing up from coughing so hard and he had what looked like two black eyes because the discharge and constant rubbing were irritating the skin.
My poor guy
Saturday morning, his breathing was raspy and he sounded like he was wheezing so off to urgent care we went. My suspicions were confirmed. He had an ear and eye infection and needed a breathing treatment. Have you ever tried to get a 1 year old to sit still for a breathing treatment? It's torture. I had to hold a mask up to his face with one hand while trying to hold his arms down with the other. I was able to distract him for short periods of time with Super Why (so glad to have Netflix on my phone!) but the majority of the time he fought me and did everything he could to get the mask away from his face. The nurse practically ran from the room after she started the machine, she obviously knew it wasn't going to go well. Luckily the doctor said he sounded much better after it was over and sent us home with several prescriptions including one for an inhaler to give four times a day.

They gave us this special device, called a spacer, to help with the inhaler and oh my word you would think we were torturing him each time we had to give him this treatment.

I can't really blame him though. Would you want this stuck on your face four times a day?

By Monday the wheezing was gone and his fever was down but that morning Grace woke up with red eyes. Sure enough, she has pink eye and now has a nasty cough and fever. We've been spending most of our time cuddled up on the couch watching Finding Nemo (Connor's favorite) and Curious George (Grace's favorite). Of course there are constant arguments over who gets to watch their show ("no, mama, I watch George!" "Nemo, FISHIES") but I think everyone is finally on the mend.

I didn't exactly get to spend the weekend helping Mike with his recovery like I'd planned but luckily my parents were here to help. I honestly don't know how I would have handled all of them sick for that long by myself! I'm hoping to write up a post about Mike's experience with PRK soon. It went really well and it's amazing to me that he can see so well now. Now it's time to start saving up so I can get LASIK next year!

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