Saturday, August 1, 2009


It has been a ROUGH week!! Last week the boys started running low grade fevers.  I took them both in to see the pediatrician on call (Their Pedi was out of town) and Gunner was diagnosed with an ear infection and Cannon’s fever we just blamed on teething.  They seemed to be doing better on Saturday and then Gunner hit a BRICK wall Sunday! He woke up with a 103 fever and he wouldn’t eat or drink anything and sounded like a seal! We went straight in to meet the Pedi On Call at the hospital and she decided he had the Croup.
Croup is a condition that causes an inflammation of the upper airways — the voice box (larynx) and windpipe (trachea). It often leads to a barking cough or hoarseness, especially when a child cries. Most cases of croup are caused by viruses. Those involved are usually parainfluenza virus (which accounts for most cases), adenovirus, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Croup is most common — and symptoms are most severe — in children 6 months to 3 years old, but can affect older kids, too.)
He was given a steroid shot (Decadron) and his antibiotic was changed to a stronger one for his ears. 
Monday was a GREAT day! I really thought we had this thing licked! Well, Tuesday proved to be different! Lauren, Cannon and Gunner all woke up with fevers.  Off to the doc we went, once again! Avery and Hannah Noelle stayed behind with a friend of mine and Laken helped me with the other three at the doctor.  All 3 had ear infections and she told us they probably had some sort of viral illness as well.  Just to keep an eye on them and let her know if anything changed.  Wednesday we woke up to four barking seals all four with fever! We medicated them with Tylenol and Motrin as needed and thought we were doing good until about 6 pm.  Lauren started acting really, really lethargic and wouldn’t eat, drink, smile, frown, cry, anything.  Her temp was 102.6 @ 5:30 and I had given her Tylenol then.  At 6:30 I took her temp again and pulled the thermometer out at 104 and it wasn’t even beeping yet.  Matt and I decided 104 was just too high to sit around and try to fix ourselves.  We loaded up Little Lauren and took her to the hospital.  She threw up almost immediately after we arrived.  We were given the BEST care ever! After an hour or so, a Rocephin shot, a breathing treatment, some Motrin and some serious Mommy loving, we headed home.  That night was NO FUN!!! I was up constantly check temps, checking on who was coughing, etc.  We had already scheduled Avery an appointment for 8 am the following morning because she hadn’t been seen yet.  I decided it would be best to take Avery and Lauren in that morning.  Dr. Gina walked in our room, Avery coughed, Lauren coughed and she said the magic words, Momma, their getting admitted to the hospital.  Their temps were just too high, they sounded like a bunch of barking seals and they were just PITIFUL! By 4pm, Cannon was on his way to the hospital to see Dr. Gina, as well.  She took one look at him and said, he’s staying with you, Momma! So there we were, Me, Matt, Cannon, Lauren and Avery! Of course we had tons of help from Andrea, Laken, Bruce, Bobby, Phillip, Alexa, Taris, Mrs. Brenda, Kristy and Stephen! The hospital staff was AWESOME!!!! Thanks so much girls!!! After some Motrin, IV fluids, IV antibiotics, IV steroids and lots and lots of breathing treatments they started showing improvement! By Friday night we were ready to go home!! They’re showing a lot of improvements, even more so now that they’re in their own beds, etc.  We’re still on lots of meds and still not back to 100%, but we’re getting there. 
Their actual diagnosis was Adenovirus that caused Febrile respiratory disease, which is an infection of the respiratory tract that includes a
fever.  It is the most common result of adenoviral infection in children. The illness often appears flu-like and can include symptoms of pharyngitis (inflammation of the pharynx, or sore throat), rhinitis (inflammation of nasal membranes, or a congested, runny nose), cough, and swollen lymph nodes (glands). Sometimes the respiratory infection leads to acute otitis media, an infection of the middle ear. Adenovirus often affects the lower respiratory tract as well, causing bronchiolitis, croup, or viral pneumonia, which is less common but can cause serious illness in infants. Adenovirus can also produce a dry, harsh cough that can resemble whooping cough (pertussis).

On a good note, I took LOTS of pictures! IMGP3127Can I get outta here, PLEASE ~ Lauren IMGP3128Leave me alone, I’m Chillin ~ CannonIMGP3129I’m still gonna be bad, even behind bars! ~ Avery
IMGP3131 IMGP3132 IMGP3133IMGP3134This was my bed!  
IMGP3135And, of course, we brought the trusty Sound Machine!IMGP3139Can you imagine not knowing us and walking by the door and seeing this?  I can only imagine how many times, Geez, look at that room was said as people walked past! IMGP3140Cannon in his Big Boy Boxers!
How stinkin’ cute!! IMGP3143LaurenIMGP3144Laken and Avery  IMGP3145Can-ManIMGP3146A VERY tired daddy!  IMGP3148A Very tired Cannon! IMGP3151A steroid-wild-child, Avery! IMGP3152Lauren and Pae-Pae! IMGP3155And five minutes later! IMGP3156Laken trying to get Avery to sleep!IMGP3157Cannon chuggin his milk!  IMGP3160 Look at the poor bruise on her arm!IMGP3164What? We’re going home? YAY!!!


The Murray Crew said...

Oh mama! I cannot even imagine 3 in there at once. You might recall we had a scary, scary bout with RSV/Croup w/ Clark in Feb. Not to be messed with! We'll continue to be praying! Love you all!

Jen said...

It sounds like you've just about got it licked!:) I can't imagine either. Hope someone is taking care of you too!:):):):)

nicole_dib said...

Glad to hear they are doing better :) Shane has battled croup frequently, even once with a trip in the ambulance-- It can be very scary and the cough sounds horrible. I had never heard about febrile respitory disease! I am soo sorry you all had to go through that and soo happy everyone is better. And.. I know what one is like on steriods... soo.. My hat is off to you momma!!! Now it's time for Mommy to get a break!!

Take care,

Jenni said...

Oh How terrible!!!! I am so glad that everyone is ok. What a terrible ordeal for the babies and for the parents.

Kimberly & Alex said...

so sorry momma! keeping you and your entire family in my thoughts. i hope your kiddos get a quick recovery and you get some rest now. take care of yourself too!

Amber said...

What an awful week! I can't even imagine. I have been thinking of you all week and thinking about you having to leave HN again. It was breaking my heart. I am so glad you are home and everyone is on the mend.

jag said...

I also can't even begin to imagine what all that must have been like for you! I am so thankful they're on the mend. The pictures are so precious. That Avery tugs at my heart! You sure have some beautiful babies - even when they're sick.

Following HIM said...

YUCK!!! Sounds like you guys had a heck of a week! HOPING and PRAYING that the kiddos have turned the magical corner and are on their way to a FULL recovery!

Jac Tubre said...

Oh girl I am so glad you are all home and doing better! Can't wait to see you on Friday.

Love you,

Charity Donovan said...

OMG it breaks my heart to see those sweet lil' faces behind bars!!! So glad that you are surrounded by such loving people to help you & your precious babies!!!! Love you momma!!! Hang in there & try to get some rest!

Lauren said...

Wow, what a week you guys had! Glad everyone is on the mend. Take Care!!

Kami Lambe said...

I am so relieved everyone is better! Can't wait to meet all of those cuties one day! When is that going to be anyway?!?

Josh and Teri Duggan said...

Oh so sorry for your whole family. You all must be so emotionaly/ physically tired! So glad all is better and you had help to get you though it all. They are too cute in be in "cages"!

King Quads said...

I love you guys. I feel so bad for the babies being in the hospital, it was probably way worse on Mama and Daddy though :) I am so happy they are all okay.

Beth Lachmann said...

What a scary week! I'm so glad your babies are doing better. I am so happy I found your blog! I have a singleton son born 8/8/05 and GGBG quads born 9/8/08. When I saw how similar our families are I had to begin reading, but I had to see your pregnancy and birth stories, so I started @ the beginning. For the last 2or3 wks, I have read your entire blog and I love it! I am now up to date and adore your gorgeous children and you constant sense of humor-- an absolute necessity for a quadmom. Well, thanks for sharing your wonderful family!! Enjoy your Blessings!!