I think we were healthy for about a week before Emerson started getting sick - but from the other end =) She had some sort of gastrointestinal virus which caused her to have non-stop diarrhea/fever for probably 8-9 days. Whew. So much information, right? Poor Eric was home all weekend with both kiddos while I was away for a girls weekend in Washington, DC and I felt like I needed to come home with Lysol and baby wipes!
The past two weeks has been a real doozy though. Eric took Ethan to the Wonderlab and he picked up lovely pink eye while there. So not a big deal, but his poor little eye was so red and watery and you could tell it bothered him. We had to put drops in his eyes three times a day and it cleared up around day four.
Fast forward a couple days and Emerson came down with a fever pretty much all day. She was really fussy and wanted to be held all the time and by the time she went to bed that night, her fever was 103.2. We gave her the appropriate dose of Tylenol and put her to bed. She was asleep about a hour or so before she woke up and started crying. I was gone, but Eric gave it a few minutes to see if she would fall back asleep. He knew something was wrong when she started crying, "daddy! daddy, daddy!" in the saddest little cry ever. He went in to grab her and she was soaked to the bone in sweat - clearly her fever had broke so he took her down on the couch with him for awhile. I walked in and she was just laying with her daddy...right where she wanted to be =)
The next morning I woke her up and discovered she was covered in a red and bumpy rash. I called the doctor and they said to bring her in and they confirmed she had Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease (HFM). HFM is a viral illness that is common in children and shows up in the form of bumps/sores/blisters on their hands, feet, in their mouth, legs, bottom, etc. Unfortunately, there's nothing you can do for it except make them comfortable and give Benadryl if they're itchy. She was definitely bothered and irritated by all her bumps and we just felt so terrible for her. Thankfully, only one boil has blistered open and the rest have seemed to just scab over which is a sign of healing. We are on day four of the virus and hopefully it'll be all out of her system in the next couple days!
|Pictures don't do it justice!|
|Dr. Ethan checking out baby sister|
|Thank goodness they were washable crayons!|