So after all my efforts to get Chloe to drink something yesterday failed (and I'm talking a bottle, a sippy cup, a regular cup, a cup with a straw, my cup, a medicine dropper, a freeze pop) I finally broke down and took her to the ER. They put an IV in her and gave her a whole bag of fluid before deciding she should stay overnight. They got us in our room around 8:30 and we tried to settle in for the night. The funny thing is that the nurse who tended to her actually graduated nursing school with Rob, and the Intern who came to check up on her is new in our ward and he and his family came over last week for dinner.
Anyway, after a very long night of sleeping with Chloe in a little folding chair bed (not the most comfortable or deluxe accommodations by any means), with her all hooked up to wires and what not, she was noticeably better. She showed marked improvement by 5:00 so they let us come home. It feels so good to be home and I can totally see an improvement in how Chloe feels just being at home.
She was really funny around 4:00 when she wanted to get up and stretch her legs. She had three little disk thingies on her back that hooked up to a machine. I guess they were sensors for one of the monitors. Anyway, she made a beeline for the door only to be yanked back when the cords weren't long enough to allow her to go that far. The surprise on her face when she plunked down on her bottom was priceless!
While we enjoyed our night at the hospital, Rob and the kids had an equally enjoyable night at home. Camille picked up the same bug Chloe had (and that I have had all day) so she was up all night getting sick. Fortunately for me Rob kept the laundry going so there isn't a backlog of dirty clothes and sheets to wash. I think we may have done more laundry this week than we did during the lice situation last September.
Anyway, to make a short story a little longer...we're all fine. This is just a bug. Not a nasty disease. Chloe is fine. Camille is fine. I am fine. Caleb is fine. Rob is fine. So far the boys have been totally fine. Let's hope it stays that way!