The real meaning of RSV

Kellen had his four-year well visit today.  I asked the doctor if he thought it’d be okay for Owen and I to take Kellen into school again, and I got the, “that doesn’t make me super comfortable, ” look.

Flu is on a downward trend, but still prevalent.  RSV is prevalent and still hasn’t peaked.

Boo Hoo.  Self pity party.

I really need to stay off Facebook for a while.  I get so jealous when I see so many other preemies out living normal lives.  I’ve gotten pretty good at not comparing Owen to the general population, but I sometimes can’t help but look at other preemies who have had tough courses and do a little comparing.  I know it’s not healthy and I don’t dwell on it much, but I have my moments.   It stings a little to see them doing things developmentally that Owen’s not yet, but what really bothers me is when it feels like we are the only ones who have such a tight lockdown.

Let me lick my wounds for a moment.

Owen didn’t even get to go to his brother’s birthday party.  I’m not sure who that makes me more sad for.  Kellen’s first question when I told him he was having a pool party was if Owen would be able to go.  I know he’d love to play in the pool with his brother.  Owen would have liked it too.  He’s such a social guy and the world deserves to be warmed by his sweet smile.

Last week I even canceled a well visit for Owen because I didn’t want to take him into the germ-filled clinic.  His doctor supported the decision.

I know isolation this time of year is the best thing we can do for Owen.  We had even tighter lockdown last year and still had nearly 50 days in the hospital due to respiratory illnesses.  Most of that was RSV related.

Can I tell you how much I hate those 3 little letters?  After seeing blogger friend, Hipster Hausfrau have both of her kids admitted to the hospital for RSV over the weekend, I had enough.  It was the Hasfrau’s birthday the day they got admitted…Happy Birthday, Leda!  So, in honor of the 8 days we are 35 together, I renamed RSV.

Sometimes there is no nice way to say it.

Sometimes there is no nice way to say it.

I also have a name for flu, but I figure there were enough f-bombs slung around during the Office Space clip yesterday.  I want to keep my PG rating.

Tangential thought, wouldn’t it be great if we could go Office Space on flu and RSV?  I’d get some real enjoyment kicking the snot (literally) right out of those viruses.

So, fellow preemie moms sticking to your isolation plans.  Today, I salute you.  This sucks, but we’re in it together. I send you hugs of support and hopefully gave you a little smile today.  Need a space to vent about being stuck at home…my comment section is open.

xoxo

PS – If you’re like me and love statistics (when the math is performed by other people).  Here is the link to the CDC RSV tracker.  Click the state to find your area.

Flu-a-phobe

It’s official, I’m a flu-a-phobe and I’m not ashamed.

I’ve been apprehensive all season, but this headline did it to me; Minnesota Health Officials: 27 flu deaths this season. 23 of those deaths were last week.  Just in Minnesota!

That’s it, I’m done. Quarantine.

Then, I picked up Kellen from school and found out that his classroom has two confirmed cases of flu.

Ahhhhh!

I didn’t send Kellen to school today. I figure it wasn’t very wise to knowingly send him to a place where there was confirmed flu. I’ll feel out next week as we get there. It’s not worth the risk.

We have also made arrangements with Kellen’s teacher that we will come 15 minutes late and pick up 15 minutes late so teachers can bring Kellen to the door. That way Owen can stay in the car and will not be going into school for direct contact. It’s really nice of Kellen’s teachers to agree to this. I know they are busy and it’s hard enough managing a bunch of 3 and 4-year-old kids without little field trips downstairs to get Kellen. We are lucky to have such a supportive school.

Last night I went to Target and didn’t take off my gloves the whole time I was there. Thankfully it was raining (yes, in January, and then it all froze) so not many people were out. Had there been a bunch of coughing, I may have been that person who left a full cart of groceries and high-tailed out of there.

Healthy thoughts to everyone! I’m off to watch Cars with Kellen while Owen naps.

Here are pictures of the boys trying out the Wheat and Egg Free pancakes. There was a slightly different texture at the end of the chew, but the flavor was great and the texture was not that noticeable.

 

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