Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

Could there be a nastier name for a sickness? It gives me the mental image of kids walking around Walmart barefoot and then sucking on their feet to get the disease.

But it is confimed: Eva has it. And considering its highly contagious nature, I was assured by the doctor that Leighton will get it too. Which means at least another 5 days of being quarantined in my house with crying children. Awesome.

On a high note, I discovered the miracle that is Tylenol suppositories. With Eva's severe aversion to oral medication, I decided that was the only option. Within an hour of "administering" said suppository, she was back to normal. No more screaming and crying - she happily colored at her art table with me for an hour, drank some milk, and even ate a graham cracker, which was the first food she's had in days. So for now, all is well.

But that may change in the middle of the night when Leighton wakes up with a fever again.

Oh, hand, foot, and mouth disease, I abhore you.

7 comments:

Amanda said...

You know, that's the first thing I thought of when you said she cried every time she swallowed, but I figured only my kids were as unlucky to get such random diseases. Ella had the same thing at about the same age. Thankfully, Alex never caught it, so there is the chance Leighton won't. Crossing my fingers for you. Once we found out what it was I remember it going away pretty quick. And hooray for suppositories! That'll make life so much easier. Good luck!

Chanel said...

I do not even know what that is!!! Poor kiddos, and mom. I hope that everyone starts feeling better real soon. Do they put you on Meds for the stuff?

Charity said...

Oh darn it! I'm so sorry. Hey I just wanted to say I think your green walls and the fun striped colorful curtains are such fun.
Love you

Mikael Webb said...

Sounds like the perfect time for some redbox action and big slices of cheesecake. Hang in there!

Mike and Mylinda Stone said...

Ya, they'll be better just in time for your hubby to come home. I think it's a curse. I and so many I know had kids get really sick just before husbands get home from deployment so that those last few things you wanted to do before he comes home never get done. God bless you. We still pray for you all the time.

Christine said...

Good luck. And I like your new banner.

Elise said...

That awful disease went around the nursery last year. I hope you guys are getting through it ok!