Monday, January 31, 2011

Tourette Syndrome + Illness = One Miserable Child

I know I've said it before, but sick kids and Tourette Syndrome do not go together very well. Monster Man currently has the same cold that Angel Baby and Little Man are just recovering from. While Little Man was cranky, stuffy, and had a scratchy throat, his symptoms were very mild. His did develop an ear infection and a slight case of conjunctivitis as well. Angel Baby was crankier than Little Man, a little sleepier than usual, and she ended up losing her voice. While she seemed to feel bad, her symptoms still seem pretty mild to what Monster Man is going through.

Monster Man seemed to be doing better over the weekend, but apparently got re-exposed to the germs, developed something new, or the virus is just trying hard to reappear for him. He stayed home on Thursday, going to the doctor with his brother and sister, but his symptoms seemed pretty mild. I actually thought we might make it through without his pattern of having the illness become a major ordeal for him. Instead, he came home today feeling so miserable that he crashed on the couch and slept for over an hour when he got out of school. When he woke up, he had a fever and his throat was hurting so bad he could barely swallow. He cried for over 20 minutes, until his ibuprofen finally kicked in and gave him some relief.

Whenever he gets sick like this, he gets panicky, too. Monster Man was so sure this afternoon that something was horribly wrong with him, and that he was going to have to go to the hospital. Every time that he is sick, we go through the same process of reassuring him that he will be okay.

Poor Monster Man is having a hard time with this virus, as usual. I wish that just one time he could get a cold that came and went without knocking him off of his feet.

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