If days had 25 hours, what would you do with the extra time?

19 Aug

The Plinky Prompt of the Day: If days had 25 hours, what would you do with the extra time?

I am going to be brutally honest, and I am sure that several of you might not understand my answer and think that I am just feeling sorry for myself, but if you had to live the week I just had, you might understand… So, let me explain.

I would sit in silence anywhere I could find. A padded room. My car. Under my bed. Under your bed. The local police station. I don’t discriminate … If there’s no screaming… crying… or teenagers talking… I will take it. Man, would I take it. Before you report me CPS, let me explain.

Monday afternoon: I noticed that Reese was not quite herself. She would not stop crying and refused to eat. She would not stick to her schedule whatsoever, and nothing I did, sang,or danced, made her happy. She just cried and cried.

Tuesday:  was the same as Monday but now Reese had a fever and when I tried to feed her, she would  spit on me. Please note, the crying had now turned to screaming and didn’t stop.

Wednesday: Reese was starting to cry/scream a bit less; However, Haley had decided that she had to join in on the fun. For those of you reading this that don’t know much about Haley, I will tell you that the word “quite” is not an adjective anyone uses to describe her. She is loud. When she cries, the neighboring city can hear her. I have had to apologize to our neighbors for the volume level of my kid. I knew it was all down hill from here AND man was I right..

Thursday:  This was one of the hardest days I have had in a long time. Poor Haley was miserable. She didn’t want her bottle, food or pacifier. She just wanted to cry. So did I. I knew something was wrong but I had NO idea what it was. I figured it was the flu. By 5 P.M., I was spent. The big twins were with their dad so I had no help trying to entrain Reese while holding Haley… ALL DAY. I wanted to find a  rock and crawl under it for the night. At 8 p.m., I took her temperature  and it was 102.6. Infants Tylenol was administered and prayers for a good night sleep were said.

Friday (At 2:00 A.M.) I thought I was just hearing screaming in my sleep. (I hear “screaming” in my head all the time. It is so bad that I will go into the nursery to check on Haley, only to find her fast asleep.) I was not dreaming, she was screaming, hot and miserable. We put her in bed with us but that didn’t help a bit! So back to the crib she went and before I knew it, morning had come and the “screaming” awoke me.

Friday 7 A.M.: I was trying to feed the girls when I noticed that Haley had blisters covering the back of her mouth, roof of her mouth and tongue. I called my mom and she said that the “Hand Foot Mouth ” virus was going around and with her fever, constant crying and lack of appetite… she probably caught it. Reese as well.

Friday 11:20: We went to the doctor. I was hoping my mom was wrong and the girls had ear infections because I knew that in that case they would get medication. So much for hoping. They both had the virus and there is nothing you can do for it other than to let it run its course. SERIOUSLY?! Shoot me… please! I spent $50 to waste my time and leave with no sense of relief.

THE REST OF FRIDAY: was not any different from the rest of the week. At this point I was a ticking time-bomb. I can handle a lot, but 5 days of this was beginning to take its toll. When Erik got home from work he took over and I went straight to my bed and stayed there.

Saturday: Haley now has Roseola. I noticed the red bumps when I got her up in the morning, but my mom confirmed it when she came over. Poor baby. I cannot image feeling so awful and not being able to explain it, other than by crying. My mother-in-law came down to give Erik and I a break, and we were so thankful.

This too will pass, but if I was given an extra hour right now, I would use it to simply sit… and listen to the screaming in my head 🙂

Blessings, Summer

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