After a night of coughing, broken sleep and restless children, tea is what gets us up in the morning. The promise of a cup of hot, soothing tea pries the exhaustion from our sleep deprived bodies and encourages us to gather, one by one, in the welcoming confines of our little kitchen. As each person filters in, we learn how they and their Pertussis are fairing. So far the results are mixed.
Master Calvin, Princess Dragon Snack and Master Hand Grenade are doing remarkably well. Each still suffers fairly regularly from spasmodic coughing fits, but they deal with them very well and seem to have no other ill effects.
Maid Elizabeth has remained perfectly healthy and my case of Pertussis has been extraordinarily mild. I cannot tell you how thankful I am that we have been spared. It has allowed both of us to care for the rest of the family, providing nutritious meals and physical and emotional support.
Miss Calamity and Sir Knight have fared far worse than the rest. Miss Calamity regularly has coughing fits that are difficult to recover from. We have begun hearing crackling in her lungs indicating the early stages of pneumonia. She has a hard time taking deep breaths (although we encourage her to breath as deeply as she is able because deep breathing discourages pneumonia).
Sir Knight has had serious complications of Whooping Cough. After spending an excruciating weekend, we finally sought medical help yesterday and learned that Sir Knight had developed pneumonia in his right lung and had fractured two ribs from coughing so hard. Now, on top of coughing horribly, he has been enduring I.V. antibiotics and pain medication to lessen the effect of broken ribs. Are we having fun yet?
|Getting ready to flush Sir Knight's catheter|
|Cleaning the port|
|Opening the gate|
|Beginning the flush|
Being sick is hard on little ones. They are not hungry and their little tummies don't need anything heavy, so we rely on tried and true favorites to coax an appetite. So far, everyone's favorite afternoon tea repast is toast soldiers. It is light, filling and perfect with tea. Toast soldiers are simply toast, with the crusts removed, buttered, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and cut into four rectangles.
|Toast Soldiers and Tea|