Whooping cough hit us straight in the face this new year. Just as January started and we were all motivated and inspired to get cracking on our goals, our poor little babies were struck down with illness for a few weeks. I didn’t leave the house as I didn’t want anyone else catching it from them and so I had the worst case of cabin fever. It was so overwhelming at the height of it that I was just so exhausted and in such a state.
Looking back now the worst of it was really only about a week and a half to two weeks in duration but at the time it just felt like forever. All of us were suffering from almost zero sleep and the kids from coughing and vomitting. Generally Mr D my two year old felt okay in between his coughing fits and was even able to dance around to all his favourite video clips.
It was the most tiring two weeks to date and I do not wish it upon any parent. For those parents that have been through times when their kids have been sick I salute you. I found it so hard and constantly worried about the both of them especially Little Miss H because she was just under three months old and her poor little body looked so exhausted from all the coughing. It was like we had her under 24/7 surveillance and I would bolt up in the night every time I heard her starting a coughing fit.
Midnight emergency trips to the hospital and constantly reading up on whooping cough on the internet were just some of the things we went through. Below is a list of things I found handy when dealing with our two little ones being sick with whooping cough:
– an electronic thermometer to easily check their temperature
– a plastic bag to catch vomit after their coughing fits (before I started making Mr D carry one around with him, he was vomiting everywhere and I was constantly mopping up puddles of it on our floorboards :/)
– natural manuka honey oral liquid by Brauer to help soothe the coughing
– an aspirator for Little Miss H to help pull out all the stuff blocking her nose (sometimes I even tried gently sucking it out myself because I freaked out so much about her not being able to breathe!)
– batch-cooked meals (on one of the days, the hubby cooked three soups – carrot, pumpkin and cauliflower and also cooked some other dishes to freeze. This meant that we didn’t have to cook when we were so exhausted and we were still eating nutritious meals)
– an eye mask (to soothe my hot, tired eyes)
– an accepting and patient attitude
– help from family members and friends (a friend dropped off some jelly and Hydrolyte icy tubes for Mr D and it was so nice to see the little package when I opened our front door)
1. Exhausted and waiting to see a doctor – comforting Mr D whilst pushing Little Miss H back and forth in her pram 2. Housework piled up as two kids needed the attention more 3. Dr Daddy – as parents we need to play many different roles for our children 4. Unable to go out to the shops and places where other kids are just in case they catch the cough, we had our own little private picnics in the middle of the oval 5. Poor Mr D threw up every meal he ate 🙁 6. On the mend – these two were so happy to be close to each other again!
I remember feeling so overwhelmed, tired and frustrated that I couldn’t help but cry my eyes out while both kids were crying. And one little message from one of my friends just made my day. She wrote, “Don’t worry, I cried too.” I know it know it doesn’t sound like anything profound, but after thinking that I had failed my kids yelling at them out of frustration then immediately feeling guilty afterwards, that simple text just made me feel so much better. Like my feelings and reactions were just a normal thing to go through. It was a hard few weeks but we all got through it still standing!
What are some of the things that have helped you during the tough times?