Oh my. The last few days have been rough. Somehow over the last few years I have forgotten what it was like to have to function off of NO sleep. When the kids were little I was a professional! I could juggle all kinds of stuff along with three babies and housework off of just a couple of hours- no problem! Now I'm like an old slug! I've completely lost my super powers in the sleep department.
Maddie is doing pretty good during the day as long as there is something interesting going on, like a princess movie, a new set of markers, Sissy playing UNO with her, that kinda thing. BUT if she's not being entertained or doing something to keep her mind off of it she is hurting and restless. She has been able to get good naps (I'm not so good at the sleeping during the day thing). Night time......oh, night time is a whole other story. They hurt much worse at night and she is so restless that even when she does sleep she is still talking and whimpering. She tosses and turns and calls my name and roots around under me. It's not good.
I am taking notes and pictures of her every day and when this is all over I'm going to try to write a little survival guide for other mamas. Why, you ask? Well it seems that there isn't much common sense information out there on children with Shingles. I have been SO frustrated with the lack of information on how to keep them comfortable and that sort of thing, but I have learned a few tricks. I'm going to share them here so that maybe I can help another sleep deprived mama frantically g**gling "children with Shingles" at 3AM like I was. There seems to be a lot of medical "bla bla bla" but there is no "hey this seemed to help my little girl when we went through the same thing a year ago" kind of stuff because it is just so rare.
I'm hoping that in the next few days we will be over the worst of it and things can start to return to normal! I hope you guys are all doing well and enjoying the last of your summer!! Better go, The Baby is needing my lap and some more Motrin.... poor little angel. xo, Sam