Friday, April 20, 2007

Now I'm sick

It was inevitable I guess. I mean, I'm not going to avoid holding and kissing my baby just because he's sick. If anything I'm going to hold and kiss him more! So now I'm sick. Ick. I'm looking forward to spending a weekend in my pajamas with my box of tissues and a cup of tea. Oh, and with my sick baby sneezing and coughing all over me and said pajamas.

Sounds cozy.

Nicky did go to the pediatrician Wednesday. The doctor said his lungs were clear and his ears are perfect. He said to keep giving him milk and that it's an old wives' tale that milk increases mucus production. (I don't believe that is an old wives' tale, but I'll give him milk anyway.) So we're keeping him on the Triaminic and the Robitussin and hoping he'll feel lots better soon.

I on the other hand am still wanting to take him to the doctor on a daily basis so that we can just make sure that all that rattling is really post-nasal drip and not pneumonia. But then, I'm probably just a bit paranoid.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

It was bound to happen sooner or later

Nicky is sick. Friday he ran a fever, not sure what it was since the stupid ear thermometer just said 94.7 no matter whose ear it was stuck into. Tylenol and Ibuprofen seemed to control it, but Nicky still seemed a little wilted till Saturday. That's when the runny nose started, and then add in a cough on Monday. We've been giving him Triaminic since Monday and then yesterday we added Robitussin to the mix.

Tom's taking him to the pediatrician today. Hopefully he won't end up with an ear infection or anything, but it will make me feel better to have him checked out before the weekend hits.

Poor little Pickle. He's pretty miserable right now and thank goodness we have a sling. He's so darn heavy, but in the evenings he doesn't want to be set down at all. He was happy to sit cuddled up to me in his sling last night though.

I haven't been taking movies or photos of him like I usually do though. Hopefully he'll perk up a bit soon and I can snap a few photos for you.

Oh, other stuff, I filled my prescription for the beta blockers. And then I went online to research beta blockers and Premature Atrial Contractions (PACs). I've decided NOT to take the beta blockers, which probalby makes me a horribly non-compliant person. But there really isn't much supporting evidence out there for them helping PACs, and everything I found says PACs are not anything to worry about, and that their cause is usually idiomatic (meaning they have no clue what's behind them).

So I'm prescribing exercise and stress-management for myself. With Nicky sick it's the perfect impetus for me to start driving myself to work, which nets me two 15 minute walks a day to the parking lot. With it still being light outside now when I get home maybe I'll add in a walk after dinner.

With Tom being able to not worry about picking me up he actually was able to have dinner ready for me yesterday when I got home. That means we might actually be able to have dinner, a bath for Nicky and a walk before he goes to bed. That would be a nice habit to get into.

As for stress management, it's always come easily to me in the past and wasn't something I really had to think about. I just think now I might have to do some things a little more purposefully to benefit from them. Meditation, some time for me to relax, maybe get back to my knitting (Although I don't think I'm going to waste time working on Nicky's hoodie since it's practically summer now) or reading for fun.

So we'll see how that all goes.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Hoppy Easter!

Whew, what a trip! Tom, Nicky and I took a drive down to visit with my mom, sister and sister-in-law for Easter. It was a great visit and Nicky was just wonderful! He napped, slept, ate, was good in the car, and did great all around! Of course he was also totally adored and had a camera in his face for a good part of the visit too. I finally have some new movies and photos up to show off!

Here's a quick comparison to show how far we've come in one year:

Easter 2006


Easter 2007

In other news:
My father is out of the hospital and home again after his bout with some kind of food-borne illness thank goodness! What a scare that was!

I went in for my follow-up on this funny heart palpatation thing. The Holter monitor I wore for 24 hours didn't show much, but when the doctor listened to my chest Friday he immediately heard the weird skipping beat. Thank goodness! I was mostly afraid they'd tell me it was just in my head. I can't stand this feeling! He said they are PACs (Premature Atrial Contractions) and wants me to go on beta blockers to make them stop. I'm going to do a little research on beta blockers and PACs first, but then probably get on the medicine this weekend. I hope it works!

I'm sure there are more updates, but I'm pooped after uploading all those videos. I'll have to update you later on!

Hope you all had a Hoppy Easter and a Perfect Passover!