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the eric update - day 194: snuggling with a sick mamma!

this picture is all the more remarkable if you take a gander at the similarly composed shot on day 17.

but what's most important about this picture can't be discerned from the image alone. kris is sick. and while odin is doing fantastically, guarding against sickness is still a very high priority.

micropreemie parents deal with how to deal with sickness differently. some people pull out the face masks as the slightest hint of the cold or flu. as long as we're not drooling or sneezing or prone to uncontrollable coughing on odin, we don't tend to use face masks. but we are absolutely obsessive about using something like purell whenever we touch him if we've touched our eyes, nose or mouth so we reduce the risk of transferring any infectious agents.

maybe we've just been lucky ( more probably it's because of the antibodies he's getting while nursing ), but kris has had two small colds since he came home and odin hasn't shown any signs of getting sick. hopefully we'll get lucky once again.

he was unusually unhappy this evening. the beginnings of the same bug or just a coincidence? i guess we'll know soon enough.

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1/14/2005 10:48:00 PM 3 comments


I'm sorry Kris is sick. Bummer! The chances are good that Odin won't get it from her because of all of those fabulous antibodies he's getting from her in a constant supply. Her getting sick before him is a good thing (not that getting sick is ever that great) as he'll prob have lots of antibodies before he even comes into contact with the virus.

Anyhow, here's hoping he manages to escape it and Kris makes a SPEEDY recovery!

By Blogger pumpkinhead, at 8:22 AM  

Hope Kris feels better soon. Lots of fluids! Having a cold and breastfeeding a baby combined takes a lot out of you. Get well!!

By Blogger Candy, at 4:33 PM  

i'm happy to report that kris is all better after 5 days of unpleasantness. and all those great antibodies must be doing their job because odin doesn't appear any worse for the wear!

By Blogger e3, at 10:47 PM  

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