In this post I am going to take you through the 14 day recovery that the doctors said we would face. I am writing each day and publishing at the end of the 1st and second week. I am hoping this will help those who will have to go through this, and maybe it will help me not go as crazy watching my munchkin go through it.
You can see the first 2 posts here and here
THE DAY WE CAME HOME(DAY 1):
It went much better than I thought it would. Other than the throwing up on the way C is doing pretty well. Still really sleepy and not feeling great, but she was able to get some jello, popsicles and water down. She is getting Tylenol with Codeine every 3 hours, and it seems to be working, she hasn’t complained much about her throat, however her tummy is hurting…hunger maybe?
C was up about every 3- 31/2 hours but was able to fall back asleep quite easily after taking her medicine and having a drink. I was a little worried I wouldn’t hear her if she woke up because of my medication, so I have her sleeping in my bed, I think I may have woken up twice as much as her, paranoia is not my friend
Happy 4th of July! C was pretty bummed that we couldn’t see fireworks, the closest ones were about 45 minutes away and I didn’t think that was a good idea since her tummy is still off. So we made fireworks using sprinkles and water:
She did elect to get dressed so she could still wear her red white and blue outfit! C was pretty happy when her Cousin M stopped by to bring her a teddy bear and see how she was doing
And she felt extra special when her Aunt and Uncle stopped by to see her and brought this
If you can’t tell her favorite color is green, so she LOVED these. I think the visits helped bring her spirits up. She was eating pretty good today, I was amazed! She ended up eating a pudding, a gogurt, 4 popsicles, some of a milkshake, and 2 things if Jello,I had been warned she wouldn’t want to eat the first couple days, so I was pretty proud of her, then again I am Mommy, I am always proud of her. Today she started the amoxicillin 3 times a day, along with the Tylenol with Codeine. I think that has been her biggest problem so far, since she has been sick so often she HATES taking medicine so it is a fight to get her to take it. I am wondering how long bribery will work, and wondering how broke I’ll be after 14 days. Cousin Jenni came over and made C a milkshake, she was super excited about it, but wasn’t able to drink a lot of it 😦
Night was about the same as the first night, she was still up every few hours, but again fell asleep easily after meds.
Today was rough! As soon as we woke up and she gave me a hug I knew it was not going to be good, She was hot, and while they said a fever was to be expected, the fever shouldn’t be above 100.5, I could tell by touch she had exceeded that. Sure enough she was at 101.6, she was complaining about a headache and not feeling so well. I called the doctor and spoke to a nurse who basically told me we needed to get the fever down. The challenge is that Tylenol has never worked to bring down C’s fevers. The nurse explained to me that C’s doctor doesn’t recommend Motrin but his partner and the doctor who was in the office at the time, does and that while normally she would stick to her doctors orders, if Motrin was the only thing that would bring the fever down she would have to tell me to use it. I of course had to ask why my doctor didn’t recommend it, apparently at one time Motrin was thought to increase the risk of bleeding, but all of the new testing indicated that it does not, her doctor is older and therefore still uses the old school practice. The nurse did assure me that the risk of Motrin was no where near the risk of not being able to control her fever and so we started Motrin. She instructed me to give her the Motrin the next time she was suppose to have the Tylenol and give her a call to let her know if the fever went down, if it didn’t I would have to bring her in.
She had just had Tylenol so we had 3 hours before we could test it out, during that time I used cool compresses to try to break the fever, with little success, about .2 degrees. 22 minutes after giving her the Motrin her fever was down to 100.6, I called the nurse and she said it was fine and to keep giving her the Motrin.
Because I was exhausted and my brain isn’t functioning at 100%, heck maybe not even 80% I hadn’t asked how often to give it to her, so 3 hours later when her fever was starting to come back up, I had to call the doctor again, this time the office was closed so the doctor called me back and told me Motrin every 6 hours and Tylenol with Codeine 3 hours after the Motrin, in between. He must have heard the worry in my voice because he added that she would be fine and to just make sure she stayed hydrated.
Getting C to eat or drink was tough today, I did convince her to take sips of water throughout the day, because she didn’t want to have to go back to the hospital, she only ate 1/2 a jello and a popsicle, but she was still using the bathroom so I wasn’t too worried about her being dehydrated.
She seemed to be bouncing back a little by late evening.
C was waking up every 2-3 hours, complaining of a sore throat, she ended up having a popsicle at 3:15am.
C was doing much better today, she didn’t seem to be in too much throat pain, and was able to eat some luke warm cut up noodles with butter, which is a step in the right direction, she did complain that it felt like they were stuck in her throat and had to take a drink after each bite, at least she is getting fluids right? She also ate some peaches today and I think those felt good in her throat because she looked like she was enjoying them. She asked to go out for icecream so PAPA, me and A took her, and she ordered a Sundae but only ate 2 bites and is still complaining of a tummy ache. I have been writing down when she has tummy aches and I think it is the Codeine causing it, maybe a combination of lack of food and Codeine? I have decided to only give her the Tylenol with Codeine at night unless regular Tylenol and Motrin can not keep her pain away. I am hoping this helps with the tummy aches. I hate seeing her sick and wish there was something I could do to help. She was feeling well enough this evening to take a walk in the backyard and check on our garden, and she took her first bath since the surgery. I made it a sensory garden bath
This was a bad bad night, we were up ALOT, C’s tummy was sick and she had horrible diarrhea(sorry baby that one day you will be old enough to be embarrassed that this is on the internet) I ended up changing sheets twice and scrubbing her and the floor. I finally broke and gave her 1/4 of a Pepto dose and it worked wonders. Yet somehow she still managed to be up and ready for the day at 8am
Today I went to my nephews graduation party and C stayed home with my niece, since I thought it would be unfair to bring her to a park with a lake and make her sit, plus they say the sun is bad. I was gone for about 3 hours and my niece said she did great, she had a bowl of buttered pasta for lunch, which is pretty huge these days. When I got home C was in really good spirits, she painted a bunch of pictures, played with her Lalaloopsy dolls and they had played candyland and she made me play with her again. She rode her scooter a little and over all didn’t complain of too much pain, although it was difficult getting her to go to bed tonight, I think she has realized that she gets away with more because she is recovering
It was much better than the last and probably our best so far, while it took C a long time to fall asleep she only woke up twice in the night with very little complaints
Today C has been much more like her old self, wanting to play a lot and we even took a trip to the store, she requested pancakes for dinner, and was able to eat bologna and cheese for lunch, let’s hope she keeps improving 🙂
C was having a lot of ear pain tonight, the doctor warned us this could happen, but that it wasn’t an ear infection. She ended up using an ice pack and taking the Tylenol with Codeine and was still up multiple times, I feel so sorry for her.
Today was a pretty good day considering I thought we would be battling ear pain, C only had to have Motrin once before bed time and that was around noon. She ate 2 big bowls of Macaroni and Cheese, and she was playing pretty good.
Over all week one wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be, although I did feel a lot like the mother of an infant again.