In typical Dorian and Wynn fashion we brought in 2014 with a thunderous bang!! Last week both babies started feeling bad (congestion, fevers etc). We took them to pediatrician an Wynnie tested positive for the flu and Dori was just feverish and sick (no flu). Since Fridau Dori needed to be on oxygen to maintain his o2 levels in the safe zone. Wynnie deteriorated over the weekend and by Sunday night needed to be on O2 too.
It's insane how quickly they can go from happy & healthy to sick in just a few days. Here's a picture I took last Wednesday (just a day before they started feeling yucky)
In between all of that - Ben and Alex and I left for San Antonio to attend my Tia Nena's celebration of life ceremony. It was a beautiful service and it was so nice to see all the pictures of her life (a slide show they put together). It meant a lot to me to see so many photos of my parents with Tia in that slide show. Tia was such a beautiful example of a loving and dedicated mother. She was no stranger to sacrifice --- she gave her heart and soul to God, her friends and her family. Ben and Alex had a lot of fun playing with all their cousins. The babies weren't feeling better so I had to leave San Antonio to head back to Dallas. Ben was so upset to leave his cousins he actually covered himself with his blanket in the backseat of the car and cried. I promised him that I'll take them back to San Antonio this summer for a 100% cousin extravaganza.
Wynnie seemed to have gotten slightly better when I was gone but by the time we work up Tuesday morning he was a mess --- nonstop coughing since 9:00pm the night before. With all that coughing poor lil guy couldn't sleep. We brought them into Children's in Plano and labs confirmed Dori has the coronavirus (named after the crowned shape the bacteria have). The most "well known" strain of the coronavirus is SARS.
Wynnie's flu was confirmed to be the swine flu.
The doctor on call said she is impressed that the babies did not get cross contaminated at home. She also gave us props for Ben and Alex not getting infected with what the babies had. We're usually quite diligent about keeping the babies away from each other when they are sick and people probably think I'm borderline rude about not passing around the babies and holding them back and forth when they are sick but I feel my neurosis vindicated alas! :)
The great news is that they will be able to go home today with us. We'll continue to keep the babies away from each other (poor Dori will keep asking for Wynnie as usual), and we'll keep the boys away from the babies too. I'm so thankful we weathered this swine flu/SARS storm like champs. Dori and Wynn never cease to amaze me. Ben and Alex's concern for the babies and their compassion for our crazy circumstances for when the babies become sick make me very proud.
After the babies were settled to sleep for the night at the hospital, we left to take Ben and Alex to ring in the new over some Chinese food and Dr Pepper. They earned themselves a fun night out. I love my sweet crazy crew and so thankful for all the extended support of home nurses, friends that are like family, neighbors who entertained Ben and Alex while we were in the emergency room, and Chris for knowing how to calm me down when he sees I am started to stress. Thank you God!!