Ugh. What a weekend!!! I am exhausted. Mr. T is exhausted. Little T is exhausted. The only one NOT exhausted is Big T.

On Thursday afternoon, Little T was sent home from Daycare with a fever. He came home and seemed fine for a while, but a few hours later, the fever came back. On Friday, I decided to take him to the Pediatrician. After a 5 minute consultation (literally, 5 minutes. And some say we don’t need healthcare reform…) with The Resident, it was determined that he had an ear infection and we were sent home with a prescription for amoxicillin. Saturday Morning, Little T develops mysterious rashy blisters on his chin. I called the clinic again, and we went back in. While we were there (this time with his Regular Pediatrician) I asked that she check his mouth, since he was not eating well, he was drooling, his breath was funky (all of these things I had said to The Resident the day before, but whatever, I digress) and he seemed to be in pain. She checked, and we were both shocked to see the extent of mucosal inflammation and sores in his mouth.

How could this happen?

Apparently he has Gingivostomatitis, more than likely caused by Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (sometimes caused by Coxsackie Virus). The ear infection was a red herring.

It is so upsetting to hear your baby crying, see that he is in pain, and not be able to do much. Little T is completely miserable. He has been unable to sleep well, unable to eat or drink well, waking up every 1-2 hours at night and he’s just crying. A LOT. Prompting Big T to ask (in a concerned, caring voice) “What’s wrong with him?” “Why is he crying?”  Then he tried to comfort him by feeding him crackers (bad idea, seeing as  his mouth hurts so bad), and then he mostly stayed out of the way while Mr T and I took turns caring for the baby. Children are rather intuitive I must say. Big T is on his best behavior, and he knows not to be too loud or too rough with the baby.

I’m tired! 

Today, Little T seems to be on the mend. We’re doing back-to-back Tylenol and Motrin and we are really pushing the fluids to prevent dehydration. We also started him on the antiviral Acyclovir. This drug may or may not help, since we may have missed the window for it to be effective, due to the missed diagnosis. I was more upset about this whole bit yesterday, but today…he looks a tiny bit better, so I feel a tiny bit better. I am just glad they eventually caught it.

Now the main concern for the next few days – How do we manage work and sick baby?