Tuesday, October 25, 2011
A Mommy's Mission
When I was growing up, all I wanted to be was a physician. I always thought I would follow my father's footsteps and take over his practice in north Alabama when he retired - although I also had grand plans to move it to Vermont...both plans fell through after (1) one year of pre med and (2) I realized the practice is made up of the people that live near the office. (Thankfully, I figured one out much faster than the other!) Life moved on, I went to law school, I married and we had children...the latter finally let me fulfill my dreams of practicing in the medical field! If you have children, you know that inevitably you will be the family doctor, midnight nurse, temperature taker, medicine giver, booger grabber, rocking chair and anything else that will make your child feel better. Ten days ago, we noticed that Reagan had a few red spots on her face. Within 48 hours, we were in front of two pediatricians hearing "Yep, it's going around Dothan hospitals, nurseries and day cares but this is the worst case we've ever seen." Reagan was diagnosed with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, an infection from the virus and a secondary virus on top of the original. Two days later, we were treating Blaire for the same (minus the infection thank goodness). And we use the term "treating" loosely since there is no treatment for the virus - other than sit back and wait it out...far away from anyone else since it is so highly contagious...to all children and adults but specifically to anyone under the age of 5. As of now, (ten days since this all began), Reagan and Blaire's bumps, spots and rashes are healing. No fevers. Sleeping, napping and eating normal. But the spots in their throats are healing and there's been a lot of coughing and congestion. We're hoping that will clear up in the next couple of days as well. Tons of you have emailed me, called me and ask how the girls are doing and if you could do anything for us....thank you! Just to know you were worried and concerned was enough. I appreciated all of the prayers for their health as well...keep them coming! And as for me, I'll continue to be all the girls need me to be, but the people in Vermont are on their own! Ha!