Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Flu Sux...anyone wants to argue with that?

So it was Friday the 21st of February. I went to a doctor to make sure that my annoying cough and cold would not turn into a fever. The doc looked at me and assured me I have nothing to worry about and over-the-counter Robutussin should do the trick. Happy I went back to work and left around 2.00pm to take Baboo for her 4 months shots.

I was already dreading her temper when she got poked four times but when we got there Baboo did pretty good. She cried for exactly two minutes and then forgot all about it. But the doc told me that she had ear infection and that she needs to get hooked on to antibiotic ASAP.

I got home and left sleeping Baboo in her car seat and in a minute was consumed with severe shivering. I called Giri and told him to get home ASAP as I was not feeling well. Later that night I had 102.5 and was really sick. Now Giri himself was not in the pink of his health and was still recovering from flu and the onus fell upon him to take care of both me and Baboo.

The next day it only got worse with me hitting the 103.6 mark and feeling weaker than ever but on Sunday morning Baboo had a 104. We freaked out and took her to the ER...those guys made us sit there from 10.00am till 2.30pm and finally told us that Baboo had bronchitis and ear infection. They changed her antibiotic.

I am recovering slowly and Baboo is too...at least thats what we think. Girish leaves out of town on Wednesday and Baboo seems just fine. On Thursday early morning around 5.30am Baboo woke up and started crying and would not stop till around 2.00pm until my friend V came and took care of Baboo. I was out and tired taking care of a crying Baboo who wouldn't give me a minute's break even to drink water. Later that night she was better but had a fever of 103.3 again. I freaked out and in the morning noted that she had the same high fever again which of course went off with Tylenol. I called the doctor and made an emergency appointment and took Baboo around 12.00pm.

The doc saw her ear and told me that her ears are so inflamed that it should be hurting her as if she had a nail put through her head. Poor thing, no wonder she was so cranky the previous day. The doc also told me that the antibiotic that the ER prescribed was useless and she had to go on another 10 day series. I got her prescription drug bought myself some Taco Bell and headed home...I got it and started to rock Baboo slowly to sleep when the door started to open automatically...I stood there rooted to the spot and wondered who it might be...well it was Girish. He was back cutting his weeklong trip short by 5 days because his deadline had gotten pushed...yay! Tears rolled down my eyes...

I had not recovered completely myself and then to see Baboo so sick had made things only worse but now that Giri was back I already regained most of my strength. I am so glad that V and R helped me out when I needed them the most. Without them I would have starved to death and died of exhaustion on Thursday. It was Saturday the 1st of March and with the new antibiotics Baboo was already looking and feeling better.

It is not how sick you are...but how sick your children are...when you see them down you are down too...an excited and energetic Baboo is all that we want! And now she seems to be making slow and steady progress. Hopefully things get back to normal soon...

Such is life! It does take the life out of you sometimes...

10 comments:

Sandy - Rat Race Runner said...

Hi There - Are Avi's friend?

Sandy

Arul John said...

Hope you, Girish and your kid get well soon. I thought you would have got used to the Kansas winter weather by now. Texas is a lot warmer, nah?

Anu Russell said...

ya we are slowly crawling back to normalcy...

the flu is out to get everyone in this part of the world.

Prasanthi Neeladaran said...

OMG!!!! I almost cried when I saw ur posting.....Mhann! that must have been so hard.....I fret & fumer when Tarini gets sick a lil bit.....and lil babboo with such a fever.....I cant imagine! and to top it with Girish's travel - must have been a nightmare!!! Hope u r back to normal now.....Take gud care and give a big pat to urself - u r an amazing mom - took take of lil baboo when she was sick and all that when u were sick too!!!!!

Anu Russell said...

Thank you Prasanthi...it was difficult and I just did not cry...I bawled...but then I had to do it and pull through...thank god for some friends who are there when you need them the most...After all the drama...now I have severe un-curable backaches :(

Prasanthi Neeladaran said...

Backache:( its no fun.....not sure if you like massages & stuff - So I had a "C" - mild backaches on & off - Hanks to epidural I guess:( 4 months after had an extremly effective back massage - helped a lot and touch wood havent gotten backaches since then......

Anu Russell said...

Prasanthi

I went to the chiropractor yesterday and she said most of it is associated with carrying the baboo and changing diapers and all that...so I have sessions three times a week for the next couple of months or more till I get it straightened out.

Prasanthi Neeladaran said...

Good luck!!!!!

Anu Russell said...

danks :)

Megha Bansal said...

Awww Anu, i had no idea! I know you guys are all fine now, but I can only imagine how tough it must've been!

Parenting is such a challenge, I am sure you have oodles of respect for how your parents pulled it off!!!