Despite the fact that it is spring, we have had an icky bug hit our house. I thought we were done with all this for the season, but apparently not. On Tuesday morning, Meghan was just not herself- really grumpy, but otherwise okay. We went to play at a friends house, where she seemed okay and played all morning. Close to lunch time, she was getting whiny and clingy and I realized she felt warm. She then proceeded to throw up in my friends house. I felt awful! She also complained of an earache. Her fever was 102 all that day and the next. So, I called to make and appointment with the doctor, though I was quite hesitant after THIS appointment. But, I figured this was the first time she has ever complained of her ear hurting. Before we left for the appointment, I noticed these blisters all over her left hand. We went to the doctor and she confirmed my suspicion of an ear infection- her first ever!
And, as far as the blisters? Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease! Yikes! It is a common preschool illness where they have a fever and get these blisters all over their hands, feet and mouth (hence the name....). Where she got it? Who knows- but it is just a virus that has to work it's way through. Luckily she seems to be handling it well. Her hand looks awful and I think she has a few in her mouth, but it doesn't seem too bad- her fever is even down already and she doesn't have the blisters anywhere else. Here is what her hand looks like (this isn't her hand- this is from the internet, but it looks just like this):I know they are painful because she says "ow" and rubs her hand on her pants. Ellie is starting to complain of an earache, but no fever yet.....
One of my points in writing about this is to record something Ellie said. When we went into the doctor's office and the nurse was trying to get information and take her temperature, Meghan was very upset and scared. Ellie looked at her and said so sweetly, "I know, Meg, I know..."
The nurse and I both just melted! So often, I feel like I do so many things wrong as a mom, but that helped me see that maybe I am doing maybe one thing right if they are learning compassion for each other. Kenny knew when I dropped him off at school that Meghan was sick. When he got in the car, the first thing he said was asking how Meghan was doing. I was just very touched.
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