“I have been sicker since the kiddos came to us than I was in all of my 20s”. Cheryl said this morning.
It seems like a never ending cycle, one of the kiddos gets sick and a few days later the other one is sick and a few days later one or both of us are sick. There has not been a set of maybe more than two or three consecutive days since mid-December that we have not been dealing with illness.
We have learned a bit from this experience. One being you can alternate Tylenol and Advil ever two hours to combat fever. The bad thing about fever is just how dangerous it can be for a little one. Their bodies go through more than our adult bodies. Additionally, if a fever is recorded at daycare the little one cannot return the following day. This is good because it helps prevent the spread of sickness, but it has been difficult on us because as I described the little ones have been trading off illness. Since they have come to us we have had at least six recorded fevers.
We talked with birth mom back in January and she told us of the illness they had come to us with, but said in general the little ones never got sick in the past. I have a feeling that daycare lends its self to spreading of the illnesses. They try their hardest to keep it out, but with 13 little mouths and 26 little hands in their room it is pretty easy to see where it could come from.
We have learned creative ways to evacuate mucus from the little ones. There is the standard nose sucker thingy. But when coupled with saline it is far more effective. We have learned how to mix breathing treatments and use a spacer for an inhaler. As foster parents, we are fonder of the inhaler option, but love seeing the relief that either provide when the little ones are having trouble breathing.
Immune systems are an interesting thing. Seems we have heard it at least a dozen times, “once those kiddos make it to grade school they are never going to get sick.” I sure hope that immune system starts building some defenses to the sickness. Working with kids for as long as I have, I have a fairly strong immune system, but still I have not escaped getting sick a few times. Nothing like my first few years in schools, but more than years passed.
The biggest thing that we have learned is the need to be proactive. Even though something might sound small now we still need to take care of it now. We are not sure how to end the cycle of illness because the place the little ones are getting the illness from is not an option.
Thank you for taking the time to read this entry. Have a great day.