What do you do when your baby is sick? We got to try to answer this question last Friday night as our little one came down with some sort of tummy bug.
Friday evening our usually happy and energetic baby, who does not like to miss a meal, didn't want to wake up to eat. As I tried to feed her she threw up and cried. We took her temperature to see she was running a fever. Now what?
Fortunately Josh's mom is a pediatric nurse (though her only occasional patient these days is Kate) and is available on-call for us any time. After talking to her and the on-call pediatrician in Kerrville (remember, this is Friday evening, after hours), we started preparing bottles of Pedialite mixed with milk. Yum. Kate finally took a few ounces. Good, now she won't be totally dehydrated. Josh passes her to me to hold and Mount Vesuvius erupts again.
"It's okay, it's okay," I sing to her as we mop her off. But is it? I wonder.
I rock her as she whines, obviously not feeling well. I sing He's got the whole world in His hands. Maybe the singing will soothe her. Maybe it will soothe me.
He's got you and me, baby, in His hands...
Remember, Sarah, He's got her in His hands. Perspective, Sarah, this is not so bad. She's very healthy, it's just a bug. We are 6 minutes from the hospital.
Lord, comfort the mothers rocking their critically sick babies. Hold them in your hands.
A few hours later and she is not interested in a bottle. She just wants to sleep. Josh suggests we let her sleep through the night if she wants to and see how she is in the morning. He asks me what I think.
Sleep through the night?!? I want to scream. See how she is? I want it fixed now! I want to know what to do now!
"Well, that would not be what I suggest, but maybe that's why Kate has a mom and a dad. Can we call your mom and ask her first?"
Josh calls her and she reassures us that Kate will probably not dehydrate in the night. She tells us what to look for to check for dehydration. The thought of my sweet baby with sunken eyes does not make me happy, but I'm a bit reassured.
He's got the whole world in His hands.
We sleep, waking every few hours to check on her. At some point she took a few more ounces. By morning she wanted more and seemed more upbeat and the fever was gone.
It's now Saturday, the day we were planning to meet my parents in San Antonio so they could watch Kate while we celebrated our anniversary. We decided to go ahead with the plans because she seemed on the up-and-up. She did well with my parents at the hotel and recovered well. We had a nice time strolling the Riverwalk and staying in a hotel.
Anniversary weekend celebration.
Did you enjoy some wine with dinner? No, we mixed Pedialite cocktails.
We sure know how to celebrate!