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   Wednesday, October 11, 2006  


So the lowercase is still sick. He woke up this morning with a temperature of 102 degrees.

We saw the pediatrician and were given dimetapp for the congestion, saline drops for the nose, and orders to continue with the baby tylenol and add in or alternate baby motrin.

So far today he's had less in 3 feedings than he normally eats in one. He is irritable and stuffy and having a rough time of it. With all the stuffiness and runny nose, he can only breathe through his mouth which, in his mind, makes eating impossible. I'm doing my best to remain calm and sane -- hard to do when your baby has never really been sick. We've had a couple of fevers (usually related to immunizations) and a runny nose once...but never an actual illness.

And of course I feel responsible because even though he was nursing very little and taking most of his milk from a bottle (and most of the time that was formula with one or two bottles of thawed breast milk each day)...yesterday was the first day he really didn't want to nurse. In the entire day, he nursed maybe 3 minutes. So, you know...no antibodies coming from me...that must be why he caught the cold. Logically, I know that isn't the case, but I just feel so guilty that I couldn't keep him from getting sick. Stupid, yes. But how I feel all the same.

The ped told us to go to the pre-op appointment this afternoon anyway and that way if the surgery is cancelled, it won't be because we didn't do everything possible.

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Just checking back in. I know it's so hard to go through thinking about and scheduling surgery, and then to have to delay it. That happened to us, and it was very difficult but very necessary. It's just not safe sometimes for babies to be sedated when they have had recent congestion. Again, I hope everything turns out for the best for you.
I know you feel guilty about not bf-ing in relation to sickness, but I just wanted to share with you that my two boys and I have had a bad cold (with fever) for a week and a half, and I've been breastfeeding for 11 months. Sometimes it's just bad luck. Another friend of mine who bfs has a baby with constant ear infections, while a friend with a formula-fed baby has had nary a problem. Hang in there, my friend.
Hope the little man gets to feeling better soon. Good luck with pre-op and hang in there :-)
Poor guy. And poor mommy! It is NOT your fault, quite the opposite. Every drop of breastmilk he's gotten from you has been beneficial and was no easy feat for you.

Hang in there and I hope he gets better soon.

I'll keep my fingers crossed that it doesn't screw up the surgery date.
eek, i feel your pain. my son got rsv when he was five months old and on top of that the poor guy was ear tubed twice in less than a year. i hope he gets better soon, surgery is a go and runs as smooth as silk.

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