Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day, CHD Awareness Day

It's Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Day. In my books that has rather more significance than the commercially driven Valentine's Day, but still, the heart link between the two is quite appropriate.

As I was driving to work this morning, one of the local radio stations was airing a St. Jude's Hospital 'radiothon', a fundraiser for the Memphis based cancer research hospital that has provided free medical care to many patients suffering from childhood cancers. A worthy cause, no doubt, one that I support myself. Cancer causes death and disease, not only affecting the patients, but their family members too. Now think about congenital heart disease. The number one birth defect related killer of children, and causing almost twice as many deaths in kids compared to all childhood cancers combined. But it gets nowhere near the same support for research into causes and treatment as cancer. These are facts that I was not aware of until CHD affected our family personally. It is definitely a cause worth supporting. You can find very useful CHD links in the sidebar.

All is not great on the home front. Hamza doesn't feel sick but he still has buckets of snot. Safa checked out from school early with the yuckies and might have the makings of a sinus infection. And Bilal is still sick. After a slightly better day yesterday this evening he has been miserable. He is terribly congested, has a harsh cough, and is starting to sound hoarse and stridorous again. He went to bed at 7:30 and has been up 3 times since then, just really irritable and wanting to be held. I have spent most of the evening with him in the rocking chair. Every time I would try and put him in his crib he would whimper and moan. It just breaks my heart that there's not much I can do to make him feel better. I wish I could get sick in his place, but that's just not how things work, otherwise I'd be the one with battle scars on my chest. A little while ago he wanted to be in his crib, but he wanted me holding him too. Now you can't reason with an 18 month old on a good day. and when they're sick, well......... Bottom line, I lay him in his crib, and leaned over holding him tight until he stopped whimpering, not a comfortable position to be in, ouch my ribs! He has hardly been eating either. All he wants is clear liquids, probably because he is having to mouth breathe so much. I'm sure he's lost weight over the past 4 days, after all that effort to gain! I've reluctantly had to take on the doctor role and try and diagnose what's going on. I was mostly concerned about an ear infection or even RSV; as of this morning his ears are fine and his lungs sound clear.

Taking an afternoon nap, holding on to blankie

Safa's sick too, she just crashed after coming home from school

I'm just hoping that tomorrow will be better, I'm headed upstairs to camp out in Bilal's room on the floor again tonight, it sure beats running upstairs every time I hear him fuss, which I predict will probably happen again tonight.

Oh, and to everybody, Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Heart Day!


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