Monday, April 10, 2006

The first of many I'm sure


Lydia is sick. Oh, I know, she's been sick before, but this is her first commonly caught by childrens disease that can be checked off a list. She has Coxsackievirus, commonly known as Hand Foot and Mouth Disease. We caught it pretty early...our doctor was actually pretty impressed with how quickly we noticed that "not all was right" in the world of Lydia.
For those of you unfamiliar with the disease...it's kinda like Strep Throat except it is untreatable. FUN. That means we just gotta ride it out. She is so tired and so hungry. But she won't eat because her throat is mad raw and sleeping is only something she does at the point of utter exhaustion for the same reason.
It kills me to see her crying. I hold her...and I try to soothe her. But she's just misreable. Then suddenly she's totally okay...then she's misreable again. Suffice it to say, it's gonna be a looooooong 5 days for her. I just hope I can make her as comfortable as possible.

BTW:The picture in not of Lydia. It's just coincidental the child in the picture is Asian. Those blisters are found in the mouth and on the hands and feet of the patient. Lydia has some on her throat and is beginning to show them on her tongue. She only has one on her hand so far--but this morning she had none on her tongue...so who knows what it will look like by tonight. My poor baby!!

10 Comments:

Blogger Donna said...

Oh no! That sounds horrible! Can she gently suck nourishment through a straw? Or would that hurt her mouth and throat too? Poor little sweetie!

Donna

Monday, April 10, 2006 4:38:00 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

ICE POPS!! Let her suck on them all day long if she wants. It will help to numb her tongue and throat. You can pick up the all-fruit ones so she gets a little bit of nutrition.

Monday, April 10, 2006 5:00:00 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Oh, poor baby. That doesn't sound fun at all! I worl with kids, and have known one or two to catch this, but wasn't really sure of the sumptoms. I hope she's feeling better soon!

Monday, April 10, 2006 6:16:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Poor baby girl!! Hope she's feeling better very soon. It's true when they say it hurts "me more than you" altho Lydia wouldn't believe it now!! Mothers feel the pain of their children no matter what.
Hope you can get some rest too.

Monday, April 10, 2006 7:24:00 PM  
Blogger Lissa and Russell said...

Thanks for your well wishes on behalf of Liddy. Straws actually are unfun. The sucking hurts. Per doctors orders she is now getting lots of "sick foods". Jello, broth, Pedialyte Pops, milkshakes eaten with a spoon and all the ice water the girl can handle. Tonight we went to Sonic and for dinner she had an orange creamcicle shake. Not normally what she would get...but heck...she ate it. And after an entire day with only accepting 1/2 a jar of chilled babyfood and pedialyte--I was happy to watch her shovel in the icecream for dinner. She just needs to not get used to it! Once she gets well it's back to green beans, spinach and sweet potatos for her! ;-)

Monday, April 10, 2006 7:27:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan and Heather said...

Ohhhhhh poor baby!!!! I really hope she feels better soon that sounds very miserable!

Monday, April 10, 2006 8:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

That looks painful! On the other hand, it might help me lose weight if I got it!!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 1:23:00 AM  
Blogger Tonia said...

Poor Lydia -- Bless her little heart!! Sending well wishes her way.

Hugs -
Tonia and Ms. Delaynee

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 12:35:00 PM  
Blogger Salome's Mom said...

Oh my goodness! Poor angel! I hope she starts feeling better soon.

Yoli

Tuesday, April 11, 2006 11:36:00 PM  
Blogger Bridget said...

My sister had it too two years ago. Thankfully she was 16 at the time and pretty much able to have the strength and will power to ride it out. It sucks horrible. I pray Lydia's bout with it is over soon.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 3:57:00 PM  

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