If you’ve ever had a kid that had hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD), I feel your pain. If you were unfortunate enough to also catch it from your kid, I’m afraid I cannot even begin to imagine your pain. Calling it a disease makes it sound like some horrible rare plague… horrible it is indeed, but as we soon learned, HFMD is a virus that many kids commonly get in the late summer/early fall. There is no cure for it, but in normal cases, the body is able to heal itself in a weeks time. Our little CC had the misfortune of coming down with it last weekend, so by now hopefully the worst is over. The past few days have been one of the most trying times of my life as a parent thus far. Nothing is more excruciating than seeing your child in pain and not being able to do much about it. Here’s a rough description of what poor little CC has been going through in the last five days:
I notice that CC keeps sticking his finger in his mouth. I assume his 2-year-old molars must be coming in. He completely skips his nap after whining in his crib for an hour. Appetite begins to go down and he only has froyo for dinner. In the evening I look in his mouth and notice two white looking canker sores. I give him some ibuprofen and put him to bed at 5:30.
Morning – refuses to eat and will only drink milk, but then throws up milk (all over me and the crib) because he’s crying so hard. Complains that his “teeth hurt.”
Afternoon – sleeps for only an hour. I notice sores covering the roof of his mouth and red bumps on his feet. Still relatively happy as long as we distract him with videos or take him outside.
Evening – Throws up again (on Larry) and won’t go to sleep until 10:30pm. Wakes up an hour later screaming in pain and won’t go back to sleep. We decide to take him to the ER at Children’s Hospital. Throws up on Larry again when we get out of the car. CC has gone through 6 changes of clothing, Larry 3, and me 1. Doctor confirms that he has HFMD and prescribes liquid vicodin. We get home from the hospital at 3:00am and CC finally goes to sleep.
Day 3 –
CC wakes up at 5:30 again and won’t go back to sleep. Larry watches garbage truck videos on youtube with him and then takes him out to get the meds while I get some extra sleep. We give CC the vicodin and it immediately knocks him out for 4 hours. In those 4 hours I manage to do laundry, mop the floors, and do the dishes while Larry sleeps. CC wakes up loopy and dazed. Goes to sleep again around 9pm, but wakes up two times at night, needing more pain meds. Both Larry and I start getting paranoid that we’re coming down with it too.
Day 4 –
Only videos and walks will console him now. We give him ibuprofen instead of the vicatin, but it doesn’t seem to help. His tongue is now covered with sores. Decide to give him more vicatin in the afternoon so he can sleep. Wakes up disoriented and loopy again but is happy most of the evening. Actually ate some ice cream and ice pop today. Goes to bed at 9 again and wakes up once at night.
Day 5 –
Wakes up happy instead of screaming. Wanted panda puff cereal for breakfast. When I said it might hurt his mouth, CC says, “soggy” and “in own bowl.” So I give him soggy panda puffs in his own bowl. Doesn’t seem to need meds today and takes a 4+ hour nap. Eats a lot of ice cream and seems like himself again except for the fact that he talks like he has marbles in his mouth. Goes to sleep on his own with no crying. Cries a few times at night, but quickly goes back to sleep with some comforting.
Today is Day 6 and CC seems to be his normal happy self again. His speech is much improved. He’s been napping for the last 2 hours, giving me time to finish this post. It was rough, but I think we’ve made it through.
This morning Larry said he noticed red bumps on his hands…uh oh. Here we go again…