Rylee missed a day of school on Tuesday because she was battling a fever. She was fine otherwise, but I couldn't send her to school because of the pesky 101℉ fever. She was back in school on Wednesday. Ayden developed a little cough Tuesday afternoon, but nothing serious. But then by Wednesday night, his cough was terrible. I elevated his mattress with some blankets underneath, but that didn't help much. Ayden has struggled with coughs on and off since he was born. It's pretty common for him to get a cough along with most colds, and it's usually worse at night. That night after going to bed, his cough was constant, and he ended up making him gag and throw up a couple times.
Once he finally stopped coughing few hours later, he was able to sleep most of the night, with only a few coughing spells.
He woke up coughing the next morning, yesterday, and saying he didn't feel good. He didn't have a fever though. We also had our first snow day of the year! Ayden and Rylee both get super excited when they see snow. We'd had some snowflakes over the weekend that didn't amount to much, but they were still excited to go out and "play" in the snow. None of it stuck on the wet ground, so playing in the snow consisted of only trying to catch the snowflakes. But yesterday we actually woke up to snow on the ground! It was pretty telling to how much Ayden didn't feel good, because he didn't want to go outside at all. That is, until he saw Tony and Rylee building a snowman when he looked out the window! Then we couldn't get him outside fast enough! He was missing out!
We don't really get a lot of snow here, and I knew it was only going to last a few hours before melting away, so I got him bundled up so he could go build a snowman too.
|Meet their new friends, Crystal and Frosty.|
I made an afternoon doctor appointment for Ayden, fully expecting it to be a pointless trip to the peds office, but thought I should take him in just in case. I hoped they could maybe give us something for him, if he ended up having another miserable night trying to fall asleep. After eating lunch, which both kids barely touched, I set them up to watch a movie in my bedroom for quiet time. We only had a little over an hour before we had to leave for the appointment, so we didn't really have time to try to get naps in. Besides that, they very rarely actually nap anyway these days, even when I do try.
They both ended up falling asleep while watching the movie. I knew I was going to have some very grumpy cats on my hands, when I had to wake them up and hustle them out the door. I wasn't wrong! It was not easy waking either of them up! I had everything ready to head out the door before waking them, just had to throw jackets, socks, and shoes on them. I did quickly take Ayden's temperature though, because he felt warm and was very lethargic. He had a temp of 101.6℉.
|Before waking them up.|
By the time we got to the peds office, Ayden's temp was up to 104°! He had no energy to walk, or even stand up. I had to carry him. It was not at all difficult to tell which kid we were there for; Ayden was miserable and Rylee was bouncing off the walls full of energy! It was a challenge balancing Ayden needing all my attention and trying to keep Rylee out of trouble.
Ayden ended up having a chest x-ray done and being diagnosed with a "mild" case of pneumonia. So, I'm glad I took him in! Tylenol brought his fever down, and we started him on antibiotics last night. He is still coughing, but not near as bad as he was. At 9:30 last night, his fever hit 104° again, but Tylenol worked it's magic once again and brought it down. Thankfully, his fever hasn't come back since then.
Rylee may have been full of energy at the doctor's office, but by last night, she also had a fever and started to cough. Sigh...
Today we are having a very relaxing day at home watching movies, reading books, and both are currently napping. Oh, and we made (sugar free) jello. They've never had it before, but both of them don't have super great appetites right now, so I thought it might be a little "treat" for them.
I cannot wait for this winter to be over so we can hopefully move past the never ending colds and sickness!