This has been the longest and coldest winter I can EVER remember. It’s been insane. And no, we haven’t received but a dusting of snow, which makes the cold temps even more unbearable. At least if it were snowing, we could have some fun with all this cold weather.
And here’s what has made this winter THE WORST for me – my littlest k has been sick nearly all winter. She caught some weird stomach virus a month ago. We all got sick at the same time, everyone got well. Then littlest k caught the stomach virus again. I thought that was weird because we hadn’t left the house at all (hello, cabin fever!). Then she got well for a day, then she got sick again. It was stomach virus on repeat. She got the stomach virus 4 times in a row. I had called her pediatrician everyday and she assured me it was just a virus and it would get better.
She was feeling better and I assumed she finally had kicked it. She started complaining about her legs/knees hurting. I looked at her knees and they were HUGE. Definitely could tell something was going on with them. Then, she broke out in a little rash all over. We decided to take her to the er for them to check her.
Here’s her being a big girl after getting her blood drawn for the first time:
After a good check over, the ER doctor said it was a reaction to the virus and sent us home. Said it would clear up in a couple days.
The next morning this is what she woke up to:
And her ear was swollen so bad that it stuck straight out. Scary! I took her to our local urgent care center. They decided she had multiforme erythema. Gave her a steroid shot and a prescription for steroids. That seemed to do the trick and she healed up and did fine for about a week. But during that week she was extra cuddly and needed me to hold her 24/7 (which I loved because she’s been acting like such a big girl – I loved the extra cuddle time with her).
This is how I managed to work for most of last week:
I am used to working like this but it’s not nearly as efficient as being able to sit at the computer by myself. Y’all, I am SO BEHIND! I have worked as much as possible while the girls are asleep but goodness, this virus has put my work schedule behind. I go to bed every night feeling so defeated because I can’t get everything done that I need.
Then, this past Thursday she started complaining about her knees again and crying uncontrollably. I took her straight to the doctor and after they looked her over, Leukemia was mentioned. Never have I ever been so terrified in my life. The doctor did lab work and they don’t think it’s Leukemia but we are watching her closely and if the knee pain persists next week, we have to go back in for more testing. Right now, they believe this virus has settled into her knee joint and it’s just going to take awhile to work it’s way out of her system.
I would appreciate any prayers and good vibes sent our way. I am working as much as possible to try to keep up with my design work – we leave on Feb. 28th for a 12 day vacation. I’m determined to get all my work caught up before I leave so that I can have a good vacation and not have to worry about what I haven’t done at home. Littlest k comes first, though. Hoping she will be fully recovered by the time we leave on our trip. I have the best clients – everyone has been very understanding!
I’m ready for warm weather and no more sickness!
Winter 2013/2014 – you stink!