We had a nice visit with my parents and sister before Christmas. While we were away, Gabby began to run a low grade fever off and on. She was tired, but made it through. We got home on Friday and tucked her and Ellie in to bed, both a little on the sick side. We were awoken early on Christmas Eve morning, to hear Gabby cry on her way to the bathroom. I assumed an upset tummy, but she said she had pain in her chest. After a few quick questions, we decided it was about her lung and not her heart. She was breathing okay, so Justin sat with her while I started the process to find an urgent care that accepted our insurance, and was open. No one was at that hour. We kept a watchful eye, and I left with her to arrive just before the clinic opened.
We were seen quickly--such a blessing! No flu, but the PA we saw suspected pneumonia and ordered an x-ray. We were told it was hazy, so we got her prescription for an antibiotic and we went on our way. Grateful.
Poor Ellie has spent the past day getting more sick though. Justin set an alarm to get up and check children in the night, as he had the night before, but before it went off I heard Ellie thrashing. I found her with a slight fever, but very agitated. In the time I checked on Gabby and got her some medicine to reduce her fever, her temperature had shot up three and a half more degrees. We fought to bring the fever down with cold compresses, then we finally tried a different fever reducer, as nothing else we did was bringing her temperature down.
The other children, not knowing how ill she had been in the night, woke her with excitement for Christmas morning. She perked up a bit for presents, but slept through breakfast and stockings. She has had two more rounds of the higher than we like fevers, so that's been Christmas here.
We are so grateful their illnesses have not needed hospital stays, but it has been a bit of a melancholy Christmas here. We had plans to have our turkey on Saturday, go to a candle light service, worship with our church on Christmas, and visit with some friends. Things had to be shifted, including a grocery trip on Christmas Eve, since our turkey wasn't baked and we would be home all day on Christmas, where I oscillated between such gratitude that Gabby was well enough to skip the ER and being upset for the change in plans, which culminated when I gashed my finger on the cart as I was moving my things to the conveyor belt. I don't even know how I did it, but it stings and doesn't want to close up, an aggravation and pain on top of the other things. The meringue on my pies went flat. It hurts to wash the dishes. I haven't slept through the night in days. But in the scheme of things, we are beyond blessed. We are safe; we are together; we have medicine and clean water; we have food to eat. We were even able to give our children presents, as we celebrate the birth of the Jesus who came to save us from this fallen world, where kids get sick.
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