Sunday, April 10, 2011

Solitary Confinement

Ugh. Yesterday morning I was snuggling with Harrison, like we usually do first thing in the morning.  He is generally wide awake before I've had the chance to crack my eyelids, so he comes into my room and snuggles for a bit.  I love it. I love the intimacy of holding my baby boy and I also love waking up slowly. And peacefully, I might add.

Rewind to Friday morning- he had woke up with a few raised bumps around his mouth and I thought "Oh no, I've passed my fever blister to him!!"  Heidi Jo was also developing a diaper rash that was beginning to look a little like a yeast infection she had before, but I didn't tie the two together.

Back to Saturday morning.  Once I rolled out of bed and washed my face, finally gaining some alertness I was rudely awakened to the fact that not only bumps but blisters had formed all over Harrisons body.  Then came a text from a dear friend saying that she had recognized the bumps on Friday and cautioned me that Hand, Foot & Mouth disease was going around.  Oh dear!  I cannot tell you how fast we got dressed, skipped breakfast and headed straight to the walk-in clinic!

Yes, the doctor confirmed it was in fact HFM, but also noted that the kids were showing signs of secondary infection that if not stopped could lead to staph or encephalitis infections.  So she prescribed an antibiotic and an anti-fungal for Heidi's diaper rash.  $80 later (for the visit, and medicine) we were home and resting, recovering and healing.

Today is Sunday. We are stuck home alone, trying to make the best of it.  I'm so grateful God created me as a social creature. I love my family, I love my friends. I was born to be in community with others.  It's tough being alone, isolated. I will be happy and grateful when this is behind h

Thankfully Heidi's rash is already looking better and the blisters on Harrison's body are already drying up.  They are still hurting and itching and I feel terrible for him. They are on the soles and tops of his feet, knees, thighs, palm of his hands, his face and even his ears.  Today the challenge is to keep him from scratching and making them bleed.  Wish me luck!

Thank you Jesus for healing my children so quickly!  Here's to freedom and fellowship again soon!

 Praise the LORD, my soul,
   and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
   and heals all your diseases
who redeems your life from the pit
   and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
   so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalm 103:2-5

1 comment:

  1. Oh you poor babies!!! I'm so sorry they have to go through this! But I'm so glad they are healing so quickly! Thank you for the beautiful chat today - it does wonders for my soul to hear Harrison's laughter & see Heidi's smile... You are so blessed!!! xxxx Aunty Jill