So if you have been wondering what At Home with the Zierings has been up to over the past month, here it is! Sickness…
It has been a rough Fall in the Ziering house. Ian started traveling again for work and I have been staying home with the girls. On his first long trip away, Mia and I decided to have a girls night. It was so magical. We watched my favorite childhood movie, Secret Garden, ate popcorn and drank hot chocolate. I even let her stay up late while Penna was sleeping. Of course right when we were walking up the stairs to go to bed Penna walked out of her room crying. She looked right at me at the top of the stairs and vomited all over, she proceeded to vomit on the walls, in the bathroom and then I heard Mia screaming that she vomited all over her room. This was the start of it all. (and this was a great reminder for Mia and I to get our flu shots that week!)
I called Ian on the East Coast. It had to have been at least Midnight there. I woke him up and had him talk to Penna while I scrubbed her room. To be honest, I literally threw everything away. I bought all her bedding from Ikea, so I think the total cost of the waste was about 50$. Totally worth every penny to trash that mess. I scrubbed the floor and was annoyed with Ian for not being there to help. (just out of frustration, he was away supporting the family) We spent the next few days on the couch.
Penna went back to school a few days later and by that Friday I decided to order doctors to our house to give the girls their flu shots. (I got mine that week from Target.) Penna was taking a late nap when the doctor arrived. Mia was screaming about not wanting to get a shot and woke Penna up. When she came to the top of our stairs I swear she sounded like a barking seal. The doctor looked right at me and asked how long my daughter had Croup for! Arghhhhh Really. She didn’t even have a cough before nap, but I did find out her preschool class all had a cough. Penna was just the unlucky one to get an awful case of Croup. Ian had to leave that night for the Midwest for work, so I was once again alone with a sick toddler. As a nurse I feel like I have that part covered. Neither of my girls had ever had croup so I really didn’t know what to expect. I started the diffusers around the house and rubbed breathing oils on little Penna to help her cough. That night she ended up with stridor (where she was having a hard time breathing) from the Croup. It was so scary. I called the emergency number and they suggested I put her in a steam shower to help open her airway. It worked. We continued this off and on all night. It was a long weekend that’s for sure. Croup is probably the scariest virus I have had to deal with as a mother. I didn’t sleep for two nights because I was scared she would stop breathing at night. I was so glad when it ended. (I was also out of coffee in the house)
Ian returned and life went back to normal for about a week. I had a trip planned to Yosemite and took the road trip with the girls, while Ian headed to the East Coast for work. Penna was acting funny the first 2 days and I noticed she had some marks on her feet and on her tongue. I wasn’t sure what was going on. She has bitten her tongue before so I was thinking there was a chance it was just that. By day 3 there it was full blown Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. The poor girl was miserable. I was carrying her everywhere between the irritability and the pain on her feet. By the last day Mia had it! Can you believe it?
So after all of this I think all we are missing is the dreaded cold. Besides that, I think we have hit up all the classic viruses of the season. Hopefully this is a good reminder to you to get your flu shot (if that’s what you do), use your oils, wash your hands and use that sanitizer in your purse! Also as I am typing this I have no voice and have a strange feeling I am coming down with something. Cheers to cold and flu season !
A little additional info-
Croup is a condition that causes swelling and irritation of the upper airways — the voice box (larynx) and windpipe (trachea). It’s caused by the same viruses that cause the common cold. Kids with croup have a “barky” cough or hoarseness, especially when crying.
About Hand Foot and Mouth Disease
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old. However, it can sometimes occur in adults. It usually starts with a fever, reduced appetite, sore throat, and a feeling of being unwell (malaise). One or two days after the fever starts, painful sores can develop in the mouth (herpangina). They begin, often in the back of the mouth, as small red spots that blister and can become ulcers. A skin rash with red spots, and sometimes with blisters, may also develop over one or two days on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet; it may also appear on the knees, elbows, buttocks or genital area.
Incase you missed out Ian’s last daddy blog, check out his Life Lesson on Romance !