Saturday, July 11, 2009

Ice Cream Makes Everything Better

So . . . Sophie's sick. Thursday she had a fever and a canker sore on the tip of her tongue. Friday she had two more cankers, one on each side. Today we noticed she had weird blister-like bumps on the palms of her hands and on the bottoms of her feet.

I called our doctor's office and spoke with an advice nurse. When I told her Sophie's symptoms, which also included fatigue and lack of appetite, she thought it over and said,

"It sounds like she's got Hands, Feet, and Mouth Disease."

I thought, "Huh? Is that even real? I think she either made that up because she doesn't know what's wrong or she's telling me some extreme layman's terms for what it really is."

Yes, it's a real sickness caused by a virus. I'd never heard of it until now, and luckily it's not going to hurt her. The bumps don't bug her at all, it's just those canker sores that make it painful for her to eat. Every time a fork or a straw grazes her tongue in the wrong place, she cries full-on for 10 minutes. It's hard to watch. To keep her hydrated, we've been feeding her smoothies (Snuck some of Ivy's butternut squash in there. SCORE!) and ice cold water. And ice cream.

To be continued . . .

9 comments:

anonymous said...

Poor Poor Sophie!
Joey came down with HF&M while we were in a hotel in Gold Country a year ago or so. He had a brutal case of it, and thankfully it passes relatively quickly.
Hope your TBC post has better news!

~Amanda

beth said...

Be careful - it's very contagious, I know someone who got it from their little girl and they both got it again about six months later. No fun, hope Sophie gets to feeling better soon!

Jason, Erin, Hannah, and Bella said...

That was running rampant in our ward and stake about a month ago. They had to sanitize all the nursery toys to keep it from spreading because all the nursery kids kept getting it. Thankfully my nursery kid didn't though.

Being Ausmus said...

Oh sad!!!! I was just going to tell you to call Amanda cause Joey had that once...but she got to you first:) I hope she recovers super quick!!! Thinkin of you guys!!!
xo

Stephanie said...

I hope Sophie feels better soon. Please let me know if I can do anything for you. I'd be happy to make you guys dinner one night this week. Just let me know:).

Natalie said...

Thanks for all the well wishes and warnings!

And Stephanie... if I was the one who was sick, I'd totally take you up on a dinner, but I think we'll be OK. Thanks!

Kathryn said...

Poor girl! I hope she recovers quickly.

Sarah (Team Chilton) said...

There's got to be some herbal thing out there to help...right? I hope she feels better too. It makes me sad to think of Sophie being sad.

Cynthia said...

Sorry to hear about Sophie's illness!

But you scored BIG Mama points with the Butternut Squash Sneak Attack. I've got that cookbook "Deceptively Delicious" that has all sorts of ways to sneak healthy stuff into kid food but I've been too chicken to try it.