Respiratory syncytial virus

Ugh.  The babies are sick.  Really sick.  Devin is sick too.  I’m the only one not sick and I’m so thankful the Lord decided to protect me because I have no idea how anyone would be able to function if I was as sick as the other 3.

All started on Thursday when we were flying from Buffalo, NY to Louisiana after our Christmas vacation up in NY.  (It was awesome by the way, but more on that in another post).  We stayed in a hotel in Buffalo because we had to be at the airport at 6:30 am.  But, during that night Rylea woke up with a fever and an awful runny nose.  Then it just snowballed from there.  Travelling on an airplane with a toddler and an infant is hard enough, add some crazy sick symptoms in there and forget it.   We managed to make it home by about 2:00 that day.  The kids got progressively worse and on Saturday Dieter was having a really hard time catching his breath and lost his voice completely.  Have you ever heard a baby cry that has no voice?  I have no idea how anyone could take care of an infant that was mute.  I have to actually be looking at him to tell if he’s happy.  Thus, no sleep.

Anyway, Saturday was the worst day and it also happened to be New Years Day.  Only one emergency clinic open in all of Monroe with a three hour minimum wait.  Forget taking two really sick babies into an office to sit and wait for three hours.  So, we decided to take everyone in on Sunday when it opened up first thing.  Long story short, both kids have been diagnosed with RSV.  It’s a horrible respiratory virus that kids get.  In adults, it’s just a cold.  In babies less than 6 months, you’ve got major problems.  Rylea has been tolerating it pretty well and we’ve been able to control her fever.  She’s just restless, and sick.  Dieter has it the worst.  No voice, stuffed nose, phlegm, the works.  He even has so much phlegm that he’s passing it in his diaper.  The stuffed nose and chest makes it really hard for him to nurse and he chokes constantly or just doesn’t eat at all.  Rylea has a double ear infection also.

The clinic hooked us up with a nebulizer to use with Dieter.  I’m giving him treatments every 4 hours around the clock.  So far, it seems to be helping quite a bit.  He’s eating more, not nearly what he was eating before he got sick, but it’s better.  He’s also generally more happy and less fussy.  I’m able to clear his nose out a little before he eats now and I think that’s helping.  Because this thing is a virus though, there’s no meds that can cure it.  You just have to ride it out and try and minimize the symptoms.  We’ve got another appointment at 2 today (central time) to follow up with Dieter and see if he needs to be admitted to the hospital.

So many of you have extended your prayers and have been lifting our family up to the Lord.  Please continue to do so as we fight this crazy thing and try to rid ourselves of this sickness.  Pray for Devin as he has ventured into work today sick as a dog.  I have no idea how he does it, especially while helping me with the kids throughout the night.  Pray for Rylea as she’s sick and I have to sometimes bypass her needs while attending to the baby for a bit.  She’s so understanding and patient already, we’re so blessed by that sweet little girl.  Pray for Dieter.  We really really really really don’t want to have to admit him to the hospital.  With no family here we would be one parent in the hospital and one at home with Rylea the whole time, and Devin just took 11 days off work so we could go to New York.  Lord willing, we’ll be able to stay at home and keep a close eye on the baby while he heals here.  Pray for me too, I’m up 24 hours it seems watching sleeping babies to be sure they’re still breathing and taking care of the other three.  I’ve been making notes on who got what med when, and who needs something at different times because I can’t remember on my own with this crazy sleep deprived brain.  To say I’m exhausted would be an understatement.  I just need enough energy to last me until everyone starts to get better.

Thank you all for your continued prayer!  We’ll keep you updated as best we can.

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