Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Why I dread wintertime

Late fall and wintertime in Florida is lovely. The girls have spent hours after school playing in the woods around our house lately...making their own little forts and houses, complete with palm frond beds and pine tree stump reading nooks. The weather in the middle of the day is absolutely perfect...the mosquitos are pretty much gone, it has been cold enough at night to be less concerned about snakes, and the humidity has decreased dramatically. Its truly the most perfect time of the year here.

Except for one thing...This is also the beginning of "sick season" here. And for the past 3 years, I have dreaded this time of year. Like some regular kiddos, Nate seems to stay sick during the cold months of the year. Unlike most other kiddos, his gut takes a hit each time he is sick, and it is so difficult to stay ahead of the GI issues when this happens.

Nate had a cold about a week and a half ago...a runny nose/cough cold. He laid around for a few days and had some reflux and retching, but seemed to do fairly well with the cold. That was until his GI system mutinied on us for a little bit, causing him to expel quite a bit of bile. His gut has been slow going since that, but he has still done okay. It felt like he was getting "out of the woods" and really improving...until yesterday.
His heart rate was really increased yesterday, but that isn't uncommon for the little guy either, so I didn't think much of it. However, he started complaining of intense belly pain again last night and when I picked him up, I knew instantly that he had a fever. I hate sick season.
With any fever, he tanks quickly. Its always difficult when he is sick because you never know what the illnesses will do to him. You never know when the right time to go in for fluids will be. You never know if his gut will stop functioning. You never know if this is just a measly virus or something more serious. Basically, when Nate is sick like this, we stay on pins and needles until we know that he is okay again.

I'm hoping for a measly little virus with no repercussions so he can get outside exploring the woods with his sisters like all boys should do.


Sarah on November 10, 2010 at 11:58 AM said...

I know what you mean. I hate sick season too. Every January, since the year she was born, Quinn tends to get pneumonia. Hopefully this year will be different.

I hope your little man starts to feel better.

Tara on November 10, 2010 at 12:57 PM said...

I hope Nate feels better really soon. I love ya'll and will be praying for a quick recovery. Let me know if I can do anything to help out.

Ash on November 10, 2010 at 1:14 PM said...
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Ash on November 10, 2010 at 1:16 PM said...

I hope Nate is feeling better quickly! Poor little man! Maybe he's getting all the sicknesses out of the way so that he can enjoy the rest of the fall/winter months?! Here's to hoping!

We hate the cold/flu season too. We're living in a bubble and not the least bit embarrased by it. ;-)

Heidi on November 10, 2010 at 2:17 PM said...

awww, bless his heart, poor kiddo. I hate to see him like this. Praying he's right out there with the girls soon. Hugs little man-
Heidi & Jack.

Roeh Family Update on November 10, 2010 at 4:50 PM said...

Hugs, girl...sweet Nate:) I know that feeling of the "unknown" keeping you on pins and needles, as you said. Praying this will pass quickly and not wreak havoc on his system too much.


Anonymous said...

We love you guys and will be praying!!! Beth

cmoursler on November 12, 2010 at 12:30 AM said...

oh, I hope he feels better soon!

Monica on November 14, 2010 at 10:36 AM said...

Hope the little guy feels better soon. I DREAD when Sam gets sick. You just never know what is going to happen.

Hang in there!

The Gustafson Family on November 17, 2010 at 6:30 PM said...

Oh sweet little Nate, we are praying for you to feel better and to noe be sick so much duing cold/flu season. Lots of love to you all!

Bugg's mama on November 18, 2010 at 4:37 PM said...

Hi, nice to meet you.

What a dear little boy.

I have a son with special needs (no diagnosis). He is 4 and in a wheelchair. He doesn't talk. But he is wonderful.

What a beautiful blog!

Love, Bree

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