10 Days From Hell(or somewhere thereabouts)

Tues 1/27: Maddie 2nd day off school; Walk In Care visit-antibiotics for sinus & respiratory infection; Thurs 1/29 back to school

Fri 1/30: JD & Annaliese Walk In Care visit; bad cough, sore throats–just a cold, push liquids

Sun 2/1: Doug super ill–chest cold

Mon 2/2: JD & Annaliese Pediatrician visit (symptoms worse); JD wheezing–breathing treatment w/nebulizer in office, continue with inhaler at home–antibiotics; Annaliese chest cold, lungs clear, ears fine. Joni gets sore throat and cough. Starts inhaler to head it off early. Doug home from work.

Tue 2/3: Maddie complaining 2 am of ear pain; Walk-In Care later that a.m.; raging double ear infection, left ear bulging badly–different antibiotic; JD now complaining of ear pain–pediatrician’s office says antibiotic will handle that and prescribes ear drops; both off school Tue & Wed

Wed 2/4: Annaliese throws up first thing in the morning, Maddie holds her hair back while she vomits, fever 100-102 all day, sleeps on couch 6 hrs with a break for popsicle and ibuprofen and juice; 7pm blood curdling screams that ear hurts; Joni home alone with 3 sick kids wondering how to get to Walk In Care–call a couple sitters and the Pediatrician on call. More ibuprofen, by the time sitter arrives, Annaliese calm and back to sleep. Doctor calls–let her sleep. If she wakes up hysterical, head to the ER. Great. But definitely have her seen in the morning. Joni and Annaliese sleep on couches in living room.

Thurs 2/5: Maddie & JD back to school; Annaliese to pediatrician; Ear infection–near rupture; antibiotics and ear drops; Mom’s cold kicks into high gear-sinus and wheezing–increase inhaler; Doug’s cough and congestion recede–loses voice

You can’t make this stuff up. Somewhere in the back of my head, the overture from The Barber of Seville plays at breakneck pace. Don’t know it? Here you go. Well, at least one version of it anyway.


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Denise on February 5, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Oh Joni…
    I’m sending you a virtual hug right now 🙂

    That my friend, is exactly why I became such a germ-o-phobe! Once Michael started school it really upped the ante…. as soon as one kid would come down with something, eventually all 4 of us would be sick. The good news is that as they get older that doesn’t seem to happen nearly as much!


  2. Posted by Sherri on February 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm


    WHOA…! : 0

    And…Maddie…with her beautiful heart sent Kelsey an AWESOME birthday card/letter. Tell her she ROCKS…and for everyone to get well!



  3. Posted by trishasellers on February 6, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Oh, my sister…motherhood…no one told us there’d me days like this…no one! Or, should I say weeks like this! You’re sisters have been there. I remember all three of mine vomiting at the same time with my husband gone travelling for many days. I still remember thinking I need more buckets! It does become less as they get older. Take heart! Hopefully knowing you’re not alone will lessen the stress of it all! There is a light at the end of the tunnel!


  4. Posted by mssc54 on February 9, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Sounds like you need to get your air ducts cleaned. Or in the very least look into getting yourself an Austin Air Purifier (Healthmate series).

    That will clean up the air and get rid of all the cooties.


  5. Ohhh Joni, I am sooo sorry!! I now how that is, oh how I know. Im praying for ya girl!



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