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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Wednesday, December 21

Croup. Croup.

Twice is not nice!

Last winter, Mac was pretty much sick the entire duration (or at least it felt like it). I was determined that we would have a better winter this year. However, it didn't start out well with Croup in Oct...I mean, that isn't even WINTER yet! We caught it pretty early and he recovered faster than they expected. Good, done. Maybe that would be it?!?!

Nope, Mac was exposed to a cold a few weekends ago and during the week, I knew he was getting it. Argh! If only we could keep the darn germs away! And then on Thurs, it sounded different and I just knew it was Croup again. But I kept hoping I was wrong. He had a tough night and by Friday morning, he had to go in. His fever was super high (103.9) and oxygen levels were 87 when we got there (NOT good!) but they quickly went down (fever) and came up (oxygen) with ibuprofen, an oral steroid and a nebulizer treatment (oxygen was 98 or 99 when we left, I think). Stupid Croup! I asked if Croup was an illness that once you get it, you're more likely to get it again, like pneumonia. She said it can be for some and it appears that is the case with Mac. Double Argh. He sounded terrible for a day or two, but again, rebounded fairly quickly (quicker than Jim who got sick around the same time period). Oh, and he was super contagious for up to three days, which meant he had to miss seeing Santa (here's hoping they don't notice that we just didn't go this year!) and the Walsh family Thanksmas (I still went with the Bigs and daddy stayed home with sick-y).


Then, the following Wed, I noticed that he had a lot of green snot which he has NEVER had before. I didn't think too much of it until he woke up with a fever on Thurs. Great. I called the Nurse's Line and they said to bring him in since it is a symptom change from the week before when he had Croup. Jim brought him in and...double ear infection! Better than a sinus infection, I guess and at least it isn't contagious. They gave him antibiotics and sent him home.


Antibiotics always do a number on Mac's digestive tract, if you know what I mean, so I've had some really "fun" diapers this week. He seemed to be itching himself over the last several days, but I chalked it up to dry skin (I mean it is winter in Minnesota and the temps were negative twenty degrees this past weekend which equals DRY air and usually dry skin!). Well, yesterday, it seemed like he was getting a diaper rash but again, not usual when he is on antibiotics, sadly. Then late this morning, I changed his diaper and noticed that the rash/spots were not just on his butt but had spread to his legs and back! I freaked out and had Jim look. Chicken Pox?!?! There wasn't an appointment at our normal clinic, so Jim took him to the Open Clinic at another location. Please don't be Chicken Pox! Please don't be Chicken Pox! He would be quarantined for Christmas, which we had to do two years ago due to the influenza! When do they get the Chicken Pox vaccine? I feel like he already had it but I'm not sure.


Finally Jim called and they did NOT think it was Chicken Pox (unless the spots started to ooze and scab over in the next two days...yuck!). They thought it was either a virus or an allergic reaction to Amoxicillin. I think the virus is more likely only because he's had Amoxicillin several times without a reaction. But I also know allergies can change or develop at any time. Also, Jim is allergic to Amoxicillin, so I'd guess Mac is predisposed to a sensitivity/allergy to it. So for now, they switched him to Cefdinir (a broader spectrum antibiotic) and put it in his chart that he has an allergy to Amoxicillin. Triple Argh! I guess it isn't a huge deal, but it is so much easier to NOT have to list any known allergies. It is very similar to when Finn was little and reacted to Omnicef (Cefninir), they didn't know if it was the illness he was reacting to or the medicine but to be safe, he has to have it listed as an allergy. When they are both are older, we can have them tested to see if they really are allergic or not. Until then, it is better to be safe than sorry.

They gave Mac a dose of Benedryl to help with the itching and he was OUT when they got home. Probably a good thing. He isn't itching tonight at all, so hopefully the Benedryl is working or his body is getting rid of the Amoxicillin.

So, even though today is only the first day of winter, I think we've had our fair share this "winter" already. Although it is good to remember that it could always be worse. Luckily, Mac is usually still happy when he is sick, which is a HUGE blassing. Hopefully we have a break for a while! Here's wishing you all a healthy holiday and new year!!! (hey, if you're healthy, than Mac won't get your germs! Ha!)

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