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The Sickie-Holster:

Holds 3 thermometers (thermal/infra-red forehead scanner model, digital ear and good ole-fashioned regular), Baby Tylenol, Baby Advil (need both for alternating during a bad fever), Baby Benadryl, nose aspirator, saline solution, saline wipes, Babyvicks rub, various medicine droppers/plungers/cuppies, Pedialyte, sippy-cup, bottle, Pacis since toddler reverts to babyhood while sick, tablet/laptop for googling symptoms and nearest after hours kids clinic, bottle of wine for stressed out parents…

This tool would be useful if it existed because, as you may have guessed…this weekend will be one spent nursing H back to health…AGAIN. We’ve gone through a rough patch the past few months where he has had 2 bouts of pink eye, ear infection, flu, colds (though these barely count as being sick anymore), cough, fevers of up to 104.5….and now…the lovely HFMD (hand foot and mouth disease).

Though I love H’s daycare (or as he calls it, ‘skoo’) we are definitely going through that phase that everybody warned us about where he is catching what seems like every virus around.  Its so hard to see the little guy go through all of this (at one point, while popping out 4 new molars at the same time…FML)  There’s not much we can do for most of these things except give him tons of love and try to keep him as comfortable as possible.  Its totally the pits to see your little guy or gal unwell and I’ve found that its that much worse as a working mom – nothing quite like getting the call from daycare while you’re in the middle of a meeting that already makes you want to claw your eyes out.

However, if there is one thing all this sickness has taught me, its that H is a resilient lil dude and a super trooper through it all.  He still manages to crack a smile (currently one filled with mouth sores thanks to HFMD) or wink his crusty lil eye (damn you, conjuctivitis!) and is thoughtful enough to weakly make it over to his big sister Sammie and offer her a treat.

We’ve been lucky enough to make it to 15 months before he had his first real fever and a few runny noses, rashes and fevers are definitely not the end of the world so I am trying to take it all in stride.  Was just feeling a bit angsty about the whole thing but – looking forward to healthier days ahead!

I hope that all of you are having a much healthier weekend, with no dreaming of sickie-holsters at all!



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