I'm about to hit the sack after a pretty long and miserable day that just escaped ending with Ted in hospital. Both kids have been sick with colds for a few days now. Hence the usual night -time shenanigans (Ivy trying to wee in her wardrobe, Teddy demanding 3am dinner) and day-time cranky cabin-feveredness. I've been trying to get up to Sydney to see my sick niece, but instead been on intensive nursing duty.
This morning I took Ted up to the doc because he was pretty wheezy, and it all got a bit scary. He was straight onto a nebuliser (a sort of gas-mask) and steroids, and we were sent off for a chest x-ray and to wait a few hours for the steroids to work. If they didn't work enough it was off to the hospital for the night. Thankfully, he responded to the roids and his chest x-ray showed no obstructions (although it was not perhaps a good day for him to be wearing hot pink stockings and a flower-appliquéd singlet.) Such fun to spend the day in suburban hell-holes entertaining a sick toddler and worrying though.
The doc has diagnosed him as asthmatic, an illness I'm going to have to learn up on. In the short term, every 4 hours for the next few days we need to put him on a hired nebuliser to blow drugs into his constricted lungs, and give him daily steroids. 'It might make him a bit hyper,' said the doctor. Understatement. Big.
As he began breathing in the medicine, Teddy gazed up at me, his sister and Keith. 'I wuv you', he told us earnestly in turn. When he was released, he stripped, danced wildly, ran up and down the corridor and shouted 'You are bum!' I watched from the lounge, dead-eyed, sapped of all life-force and holding a hot-water bottle to my angry hip.
I'm not surprised he went mental. He's on anti-biotics for an infected toe, Panadol for his flu and now steroids and four-hourly Ventolin. He's totally hepped up on goofballs. Tomorrow morning he'll probably come out of his room in a macrame headband and ask us to call him Moonbeam, but I'll deal with that on a needs basis.
Right now I'm calling this day over.