Well, 24 hours after the "Yay! Abby's on the mend and we're doing great" post, Elise spiked a fever. That was Friday. And continued through Saturday. And got worse on Sunday. We made our first ER visit with either of the girls on Sunday evening - Elise was wheezing, struggling to breathe, and still running a fever. ER results: pneumonia.
Then we hit Monday. Elise was worse. Abby's cough was back and she was complaining of ear pain. Let me remind you - the girls have NEVER had an ear infection. Could it be possible that we would have 2 toddlers with pneumonia AND an ear infection?
Hello Tuesday. Doc visit for an ER follow-up and to have Abby's ear checked out. Doc results: both girls still fighting pneumonia and BOTH with ear infections. It was Elise's turn for the killer shots in the thighs to fight the lung infections and what followed included "get a doctor!", "get a crash cart!", and "call the paramedics". To make a long and very scary story short, Elise stopped breathing after the shots basically due to her body freezing from the pain of the shots and the very weak coping skills of her sick system. From this experience, I learned that my coping skills are downright awful in times of trauma.
It is now Friday. The girls are on the up-and-up! I haven't shed a tear in over 24 hours! And some of the sights in our household are once again returning to normal.