Since I left off, we did end up in the ER with Lydia Friday night.
By the time she awoke from her nap, she was running a 101.5 fever and in sever pain.
She seems to have stopped screaming when she's in pain. Instead she closes her eyes and sucks her thumb while moaning and grunting continuously. Think Lamaze breathing. Now picture a two year old doing it.... There, that's Lydia. That's how she's coping.
According to the ER, Lydia is suffering from gastroenteritis, a.k.a., the flu. The sent me home with instructions on how to care for her as she vomits and has diarrhea. Neither symptom, mind you, did or does she present.
Obviously they have no clue.
Saturday went better then Friday. She complained of her belly hurting but desperately wanted to spend our rare, warm fall day playing outside. Jeremy took her to the park where he said she'd take off running, grunt, pause, grab her stomach and shut her eyes. Jer'd ask her if she was okay and she'd reply, "Yee-ya belly hurt. Yee-ya go pay."
No belly pain was gonna stop her from trying to have a good time.
Sunday was about the same, minus all the playing. She hardly picked at breakfast, curled up in our laps at church, sucking her thumb and occasionally telling us her belly hurt. She managed to finish her meager lunch of cucumbers and crackers over the span of 2 hours time, took a nap and woke up to proclaim her belly hurt and she wanted to watch a "Moo-me, peas." Supper was mostly played with.
Yesterday was better. Less complaining, more eating. Still not the norm. But today seems to have taken a step back, reminiscent of Friday without the dramatic evening turn of events.
Who knows what tomorrow will hold. It seems she's having better days and not so good days. No signs of getting back to normal. Not yet, anyhow.
I'm coping, too. Letting her get away with lots of bad habits I've worked hard to break or minimize.
Midnight requests to sleep with Mommy.
Grazing meals through out the day.
Picking her up, carrying her around on request.
Sucking her thumb.
At this point in time, I'm willing to do anything to make her more comfortable.