Monday, February 18, 2008

Motherhood, "the flu", and Endurance Training

Endurance training has provided many valuable lessons. The most recent relates to motherhood and the flu. My son didn't feel well on February 6 and 7, so naturally, I kept him home from school. We played legos, watched movies, and tried to "feel better". He had a slight cough - but seemed otherwise fine. By the weekend, we were active and quite busy. On Tuesday, the 12th, the coughing returned with a vengeance and kept both of us up all night. Wednesday afternoon found us at the emergency room with a high fever and uncontrollable coughing. Dominic had a febrile seizure around 4pm that afternoon. This was the second occurrence of a seizure due to a fever spike - this one didn't last very long at all and he did NOT lose consciousness. By the time the 911 woman verified my address, it was over. We still took the ambulance ride to the ER though and spent just a fabulous evening watching Disney videos and waiting for the doctor. After a few tests, the verdict was viral and "he really should be growing out of these by the time he's 5 or 6. Well, he 5 years and 3 months ... so I guess we're on the cusp. Anyway, Nancy, our Children's Minister, for whom we are truly grateful, came by with some sandwiches, cheetos, and kit kat bars - we were the envy of the staff apparently ... who kept coming into the room asking where we got them. We got home about 10:30pm on Wed night with the instructions to give him lots of fluids, motrin around the clock, and try to keep him rested. Naturally, I stayed up all night checking Dominic's temperature. On Thursday afternoon, he seemed to be doing a bit better, but I still kept him pumped with Motrin. By the time Doug, husband extraordinaire, arrived home on Thursday night, I started to feel as though I had been hit by a truck - high fever, cough, anvil on my chest, chills, ... it was bad. I went straight to sleep and was unable to get out of bed until Saturday afternoon. There were times on Friday, when I actually felt like I did at mile 22.5 ... thinking, "just a few more minutes, maybe you will feel better in just a few more minutes - ok, now breathe, ok, that hurts ... try to breathe - good, now - empty your mind ... just hang in there" - it was exhausting. Thankfully, it allowed me to get a few minutes of sleep here and there.

There it is, another excellent reason to train for an endurance event, it increases your stamina to get through seeing your son in an ambulance, going without sleep for 48 hours, and last, but not least getting through the flu.

Dominic continues to do well, he hasn't had a fever for over 24 hours now and his appetite is extremely good. We're content to watch movies, blow our noses, and cough in sync at the moment.

1 comment:

Kelly Mauldin said...

Very scary thing. Something about motherhood that makes you realize you are stronger than you think.