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Three poorly babies

I know Jack & Mikey aren’t technically “babies” but they are MY babies, so I have three poorly babies today.

It’s been starting for a few days but today it’s hit our household like a bacteria filled bomb, all three have sticky eyes (Yuck!), poor Jack woke up and thought he was blind! 🙈

Mikey has no comprehension of why I have to clean his eyes, he’s the hardest one to help. Jack doesn’t like having his eyes cleaned (using boiling water and cotton wool) plus eye drops, but he knows he needs them and if he just plays along it’s over a lot quicker than if he fights me, Nicole hates having her eyes cleaned (she’s too young for drops) but is too little fight back, so just gives me a guilty feeling with her bottom lip.

But Mikey, he is the strongest out of all three and hates any sort of intervention, wiping his nose, washing his hair, changing his bum…he’s not a fan of anything like that, so trying to swipe his eyes with cotton wool in one direction so I’m not rubbing it back into his eye, then putting in eye drops is near-impossible, but I managed it, I may have had to gently restrain him with my legs, but it took me no longer than a minute, whereas I could have sat there for an hour trying to reason with him but got nowhere, if you are a fan of the TV show Friends….Imagine Rachel with the eye drop, but x10!

I had plans to take the kids out to the park today or maybe even to a play area, but I’m not so well myself and really all they want to do is stay in their pyjamas and watch TV, so I’m not going to pass up the opportunity to chill with them and not spread this cold/virus/eye infection whatever you want to call it, to the outside world.

Kids perk up pretty quickly so I’m hoping they’ll be OK for nursery and a play date tomorrow, there’s really no way to tell until the morning with kids, they are pretty unpredictable. I know they’ll be absolutely gutted to miss out but I suppose it’s my job to decide what is best and weigh up the pros and cons, they’ve been having their eye drops for two days now, so hopefully their eye will be better by tomorrow.

I’m doing a video on my Vlog about my poorly babies, check it out and please subscribe

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The irony of a children’s nurse who doesn’t like children.

Today was Mikey Moo’s third lot of newborn injections.

The poor little mite had to have one injection in each thigh one after the other. Every other time we’ve been with Jack or Mikey has had me filled with dread, but as we all know children’s nurses are designed to be nice, their over the top cartoon-like squeaky voices and wide grins always make babies smile and as a parent put you at ease.

Well today that didn’t happen, today was different. Walking in I saw a familiar Doctor’s Receptionist sat at the computer (she’s not particularly nice) my mood instantly dropped. You see we’ve had run-ins in the past, when I went in to advise them of my Dad’s death, she was extremely snooty and unsympathetic, when my brother had to have blood tests for a chronic condition on a regular basis she often lost his samples and accused of him of not even coming in for them and when me or my mum have rung to make an appointment she instantly changed her attitude to “bitch mode” when learning that it was for Depression. So you can see why I was not excited to see her, but I kept my smile on and said hello even though the greeting wasn’t returned.

The nurse I’ve seen before, she is usually very kind to both of my boys, but today we were there less than three minutes, we were in and out as if we were on a conveyor belt. I wouldn’t have been so annoyed but we were the only ones in the waiting room so it wasn’t as if they were rushed off their feet, plus if it was me as a grown adult I could understand the lack of sympathy but not a baby, he’s only 6 months old.

He didn’t even get a sympathetic smile after she jabbed him, yes it’s for his own good but what happened to being a kind children’s nurse, you came into this role knowing you would be dealing with young children, you should stick to the stereotype and be kind and caring, I’m not usually one for stereotypes but in this situation surely it’s everyone’s opinions that children’s and babies should be treated kindly.

So if you work with children, I understand you may be being worked to the bone for less money than you deserve, but remind yourself why you started in the first place, if you’re going to detach yourself emotionally from your patients are you really meeting the standards you would set for your own children’s caregivers?