Two weekends ago we were happy to have my brother and SIL come see us after they attended a wedding in Denver. They kept Ruby overnight to make some memories and give me a chance at a full night's sleep (pure gold). They were going to keep Sebastian as well but he was feverish and we didn't want them to have to celebrate their first wedding anniversary with their own fevers.
We met them for lunch at Smiley's and then drove to Larkspur to check out the Jelly Stone Campground Pumpkin Patch. It was a little colder and windier than in the Springs so we piled on the layers we had in the van and set out to ride some ponies, climb some hay stacks, and find some pumpkins. Joe and Mel were great helping me keep up with the kids so they both got to do what they were most looking forward to and we wrapped it up without getting frostbitten.
Sebastian was fever free that afternoon but the running around in the wind probably didn't help what we later learned was strep throat. Thankfully Joe and Mel got back to California unscathed.The next day I tried getting S an appointment with our family practitioner on base but their lines were down so we couldn't get in. I kept thinking he'd recover but then his four day fever turned into a fever with a bad cough. We knew of at least one case of pneumonia at his school and I started to worry I was waiting too long so when he woke up at 4:30 Tuesday morning hacking up a lung and burning up I made the executive decision to take him in to the ER.
I layered the kids up and drove them a block to the hospital. I brought snacks knowing my blood sugar would drop if I didn't eat something and that we could be there awhile. Over four hours later the flu, strep, and chest x-ray for pneumonia all came back negative and we were told to go home and rest. We had lots of screen time and trying to keep the kids separated so whatever he had wouldn't spread. Two days later the hospital called and said the strep culture had grown and it actually was strep and ordered a prescription for us to pick up for antibiotics. It felt great knowing I wasn't crazy for thinking something was really wrong and I was glad I hadn't sent S back to school even though his fever was gone.
That night Ruby woke up with a fever. Thankfully we were able to get her on antibiotics early enough to make sure she wasn't contagious in time for our next round of visitors! Somehow all the hand washing and Lysol wipe downs kept me from getting strep as well and everyone seems to be on the mend. At least it wasn't the stomach flu, right? KNOCKS ON WOOD.
We've been sick almost every weekend in October so even though S was still not technically healthy, I'm thankful we got to sneak in the pumpkin patch memories with our family.