My husband was traveling towards the end of last week and last weekend. Connor and I were on our own Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (except for when he was at daycare). I had everything under control and was enjoying the bonding time with my son, despite missing my husband.
Friday night my parents gave me a break and took CJ up to NH with them. I met everyone at the lake on Saturday afternoon. We took CJ to the beach to play in the sand for the first time and he loved it.
That evening we had a cookout with some friends (including my friend’s two boys that are CJ’s age). Sunday my mom and I squeezed in a little outlet shopping and then we all went out on the boat. I should have known something was wrong when CJ slept on me (even in his life jacket that he hates) the entire way to lunch.
Once we got back to my parents house CJ was so hot. He didn’t even wiggle around when we were getting him changed for the car ride home so we knew something was up. He slept the whole way home and as soon as I got home I took his temperature only to find it was 104.1! After giving him some Motrin I took him straight to the ER.
Thankfully my parents met me there about 30 minutes later so I wasn’t alone with him. The ER doctor said he thought it was a virus and to just wait and see if the fever went down (after giving him some Tylenol). So we waited…and waited. Finally, we knew he was feeling better because he was bouncing around and chowed some Cheerios. Since we hadn’t seen a nurse or doctor in a few hours I went out and asked them to just let us go home since it was 9pm and way past CJ’s bed time. Ahhh the ER.
The next day he was still miserable and still had a temperature so I took him to the his doctor. After doing a ton of tests the doctor thought it was some type of virus, but sent us home with some antibiotics just in case it was bacterial. Mike came home at this point. Boy was I happy he was home.
The next morning CJ had a rash that was spreading quickly all over his body so back to the doctors we went. Right away the nurse (who’s also my cousin’s wife) guessed what it was and the doctor confirmed. CJ had hand foot and mouth disease. It’s a stomach bug accompanied by a rash all over and sores on the throat. Sounds painful, huh?
So, there’s been lots of sleeping.
I think he’s finally on the mend. It was really heartbreaking seeing my baby this sick. I have only seen him with a cold a few times and that was nothing like this. The only positive thing that came out of this week was that we got to spend lots of time together and he actually wanted to sleep on me and hang out on the couch watching TV.
I will admit this has been a tough week to be a working mom. I’m trying to juggle things, but also took a few days off so that I could just focus on CJ. Boy was it nice to just be a mom for a little bit instead of trying to do everything and be everywhere.
On a somewhat related note, I haven’t exactly been drowning in free time so I decided to take this as a recovery week for myself too. I have been lifting pretty heavy 3 days a week and doing a ton of kettlebell swings and snatches for conditioning. I was starting to feel a little burnt out last week so this week I have been focusing on getting in some movement and stretching. I’m using lighter weights and just fitting in workouts when I can. Priority number one is taking care of my sick kid. Priority number two is making sure that I don’t get sick too. I have been worried sick and my body is run down so it can’t handle the stress of hard workouts right now.
Check out this awesome post that Molly Galbraith wrote about times to push it and times to not the other day. How appropriate.
Anyone else’s kids ever had hand foot and mouth disease? Do you ever purposely take it easy for a week with training when you know you’re stressed mentally or physically?