Saturday, March 10, 2007

Weekend Update: RSV

Friday, Mason was diagnosed with RSV, a common, but highly contagious and serious viral infection. He's been wheezing, running a fever, and pumping out snot like Old Faithful. We have him on a Motrin and an Albuterol Sulfate breathing treatment. We need to keep him quarantined until the fever comes down, so no pointless trips to Target, no church, and possibly no work for me on Tuesday.

Administering the breathing treatment is horrible. Of course, he doesn't want to have anything to do with it, so I have to hold down his arms while Miriam tries to get the mouthpiece in his mouth. It took five to ten minutes for to finish the treatment and wipe away the tears.

It's such a beautiful day today, so we headed to the backyard. While I picked up after the dog, Mason would bring me rocks to put in the garbage bag. I'm glad he's trying to help, and I;m also glad he's picking up rocks instead of really trying to help. He ran around, and stared at the neighbor's dog before it was time to come in. I think we're going to have a lot of fun this summer, playing and running around.

Mason also has hist first chore: feeding the dog. I can fill a cup with dog food, and Mason will carry it across the kitchen the fill Bianca's bowl. He does really well, unless he drops some kibble. He'll bend over to pick it up, letting it all fall on the floor. And then once he filled but the kibble in the water bowl ... that was fun.

Miriam and I are celebrating our sixth anniversary today. The funny part is that, for the past few months, we both thought we were coming up on our seventh anniversary. We're keeping it pretty low key; mostly because we're trying to stick to a budget, but also -- coincidentally -- because Miriam is sick, too. So we'll be going out to dinner after we put Mason to bed. It's nice whne the two of us can get out alone every once in a while.


  1. Anonymous8:40 AM

    Happy Anniversary! Sorry about all the sickness.

  2. Anonymous9:42 PM

    I have been through RSV with a baby. Don't worry about getting the mouthpiece in his mouth, just close. Of course the more he cries the more deep breaths he is taking. It is a horrible illness.