Well if you haven't heard yet I've been slammed at my house with illness. Taylor and Dylan came home the other day with fevers of 100 and sore throats but seemed to get over them fast. On Monday Liam started running a fever that jumped to over 103 by that afternoon. I started giving him Motrin and he responded well to that. By the next morning though he was throwing up gatorade (all over me and Gavin who were laying down on the bed to nurse) and was running a fever of over 105. After an hour of motrin it was only down to 104.8. I called the doctor who immediately wanted to see him. When I got there his tonsils were so swollen they were touching and they were worried that they would continue to swell and cut off his airway. Since he didn't have strep and they didn't know what we were dealing with they sent me to Children's hospital ER. I left the baby with the kids and told them to hang in there. The hospital had a parking space close so I could go right in. I arrived at 1:30 and checked in but we weren't seen until 3:30. The lobby had some fun safari pictures so we paced the hall for over an hour until they called us in. The doctor told us to test for mono and get a cbc in addition to getting xrays of the soft tissues. They had to stick Liam four times to draw blood. He was so traumatized that anytime a nurse said anything to him after that he would start crying. His big eyes were so watery and sad it just broke my heart. The test for mono came up positive so they sent us home with a prescription for an oral steroid to control swelling of his tonsils. He fell asleep in the car as by this point it was 6:30.
Unfortunately the day took it's toll on the kids so both of them woke up every 1-2 hours (alternately) all night long. Oy! It was good for me to nurse that much since I was so engorged. He's decided that he should bite me though each time...hard so that's not a fun development. He seems more tired too so I'm afraid he's getting it. My good friend Kris gave me a dinner so at least I didin't have to do that and I went all day taking care of crabby babies! It was such a nice day though that when they went down for a nap I went outside with a cup of coffee, my bible and my prayer journal. I thanked the Lord for a moment of rest in a very wearing day. It was so refreshing. I was amazed that when the Lord trys me, He also extends grace. Conversely when He blesses me He also wants me to extend that to others. Just as things in my life had been so peaceful and now were turned upside down, so also His grace is there.
After nap things weren't much better but I had some sustenance to get me through. How wonderful. Now we'll see how tonight goes.