Tuesday, May 29, 2007

breathing lessons

We spent the rest of our holiday like this:

And while sitting there, I took a picture of these:

Both images suck, but one for the obvious and the other because I was using a cell phone camera and hospital lighting is entirely unflattering, not to mention the poor choice of flooring. But since you asked, I thought it only fair to share the henna love.


Needless to say, we are exhausted. M is breathing better but still quite sick, and I've been coughed on enough to form my very own small germ colony. I anticipate joining the ranks in two to three days and somehow, I look forward to it.

The bonus is the hospital sent us home with Our Very Own Breathing Machine, so I can pretend to be a nurse in the comfort of my own living room. Which, I might add, would be accepted much better than the really mean nurse who made my baby shriek and cry for no good reason until I finally stopped the madness and asked her to Leave The Room Right Now. But more on that, later.

51 comments:

J Fife said...

That first image truly sucks. I'm so sorry. Healing vibes to you all...

QT said...

HOLY BALLS~

OMG - Poor baby M!!! I am glad she is ok and that you now can minister to her at home!

Your feet are lovely - piss poor lighting & bad flooring notwithstanding.

Sending you healthy vibes ~~~

Christine said...

The dear girl! Is it a virus or asthma or and infection? Poor thing. Nurses Who Make Children Cry are awful. Aful!

Love the foot design (and rings) despite the bad lighting. ;-p

KC said...

She looks like an angel, nebulizer mask and all.

Healing and love to you both.

Anjali said...

The poor darling.

Does it help to know that I think she's simply beautiful?

metro mama said...

Poor girl.

I must say, I'm envious of your red toes and henna.

Momish said...

Poor M (and you!). We have one of those breathing machines in our house too. It breaks my heart everytime I have to whip it out, so I know how you feel. I hope she heals soon.

Your feet are lovely, just proving the "head to toe" image I have of you!

deb said...

She is the most beautiful little girl. The mask is scary but it's amazing what kids can do. Hope she's better soon.

Z said...

Poor baby. Lots of love to her and to you.

Love the feet.

Sober Briquette said...

So sorry. I hope the grandparents are not traumatized and won't sit again.

Those hospital floors are specifically designed to camoflage gross stuff, aren't they? but your feet look great.

Glad you could get your mind off everything by thinking of taking a pic for us...

{XO}

Julie Pippert said...

Your feet look too, too cool!

The breathing treatment...oooohhh. Hon. Rough. But hope everyone is doing okay, better.

On the upside...even in an oxygen mask she looks adorable.

Kyla said...

Oh no, jen! She is beautiful, even hiding behind that little mask.

Nobody likes a surprise trip to the hospital. I hope she is doing much better now. We've been so lucky with all of our nurse/doctor encounters, even though KayTar hates them all equally, they've been great sports and so kind to her.

Keep us posted. I hope somehow you escape the germ colonies.

slouching mom said...

we had to learn about breathing machines this spring when jack got pneumonia.

so sorry.

but they do help amazingly quickly. there's that.

and there's also the fact that she's beautiful, which is irrelevant, but worth mentioning.

Orangeblossoms said...

Am reading Eat, Pray, Love right now, too. I wish I had last year.

I am so sorry that your little one had to endure hospitals and bad, bad nurse.

Loved the scene with the palmist and henna artist. Wish I could have been one of the lucky recipients.

FYI: I love your blog!

PS You can come to my church any time! Sadly, I don't preach on jaguars much.

meno said...

There's just not much sadder than a sick child. Poor baby. Hope she's better.

Great tats.

Aliki2006 said...

Oh, I'm so sorry about the breathing treatments and the time spent at the hospital...I hope she's on the mend soon.

Your feet/toes look great--now I want hennaed feet!

flutter said...

Sweet little baby girl....now I know how my mom must have felt all of those times she had to take me to the hospital because I couldn't breathe.

I will guarantee you she didn't have sexy feetses like yours, though! I hope little M girl is feeling better, and having the machine at home will save you a TON of bullshit. Poor thing.

Tabba said...

Jen - for what it's worth...I'm so glad you got that wee one a breathing machine. I know she struggled with some nasty breathing problems before. And what piece of mind it will be to have help right at your fingertips.

And the tootsies? Cute, of course.

theflyingmum said...

Whoa! What a weekend odyssey! I just got caught up on your recent posts. Hope M is better soon. And good for you for telling off the mean nurse! I just hate them!

Beck said...

Poor sweet baby girl. I hope she's all better.

kristen said...

Poor baby girl - there's something so vulnerable when they're nebulized. My girl was a mask wearer when she was M's age. Your feet are quite lovely and I see you're wearing more than 1 toe ring.

pgoodness said...

Poor (ADORABLE) baby girl! Hope you're both doing better - being at home always helps. Love the henna!

Bob said...

I sympathize with you. Between 6 and 18 months we had to take our son to the emergency room 3 times - because he couldn't breathe. The first time he had to stay in the hospital for 3 days in an oxygen tent to get his breathing stablized.

He has asthma. Since that time we were able to keep him from getting bad enough to have to go to the hospital.

He is 21 now and still takes asthma meds.

Mad Hatter said...

Poor (glorious, beautiful) wee thing. Is it the asthma or has there been another trigger too?

Love the feet. Nice balance with the toe rings. Funny, I've never worn toe rings but my balance is still off. Is there a henna tatoo that can add a couple of centimetres to one leg?

Oh and DUDE, you are really DUDE-ING it a lot these days. I got two whole DUDES from you tonight. DUDE!!

Marymurtz said...

Poor lil' M!!!

Mrs. Chicken said...

So sorry for the wee one, but lady, that child is gorgeous, even with a mask on!

I have asthma ... the nebulizer sucks.

Get well soon, friend.

Lucia said...

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

Laurie said...

Poor baby! I hope she is feeling much better now! I can imagine you telling the mean nurse to leave the room. I bet you were a force to be reckoned with!

thailandchani said...

Wow... I hope M. will get better and *stay better*!

I really like the henna. That is such a beautiful art form!


Peace,

~Ch

Jocelyn said...

Oh, your puir gel.

I know now, irrevocably, that I am a shallow and bad person because my first thought was, "What gorgeous curls she has." Then I thought something like, "Oh, and what's that over her mouth?"

I hope all is better now.

Scribbit said...

Sounds like my weekend too, hospitals.

But hope everyone is recovering nicely, and nice henna btw.

Bob said...

I wonder why some nurses act like that. Yes, we know that their work is stressful. But the fact that they do it everyday makes it easier for them to handle. They could at least show some respect for the patient.

cinnamon gurl said...

Oh no! Poor little M. Hope she recovers quickly and easily!!

s@bd said...

worst ever.
best to you. BEST.

Bon said...

the nebulizer, huh? we've had it here at home twice...nifty and all, but still shitty. M looks to be taking it rather more patiently than O did...god, she's beautiful, Jen. those big eyes.

your feet are nearly as pretty, but not quite.

and i hope you pissed all over that nurse. no one should have to police medical professionals for unkindness to BABIES! jeebus.

Oh, The Joys said...

Oh, no! Poor M!! That first photo makes my heart hurt.

(At least you have achieved toe ring balance. That's something.)

Jenn said...

The really mean nurse needs a henna intervention....I know; I've met this nurse before.

Your feet are beautiful.

They match your soul.

Susanne said...

Thinking of you. I hope she gets well soon and you don't catch it.

NotSoSage said...

Oh, jen. That poor sweet thing. I feel for her. I hope that she's better and you magically avoid the takeover.

Gwen said...

Poor M! I spent yesterday giving my nephew breathing treatments and he looked just like that. Well, not really. He kept trying to talk, because we're all old pros at the nebulizer machine.

I am sooo glad to see your toe rings are balanced now, by the way. Only good things are coming, I'm sure.

Binky said...

I hope M is breathing easy soon. And glad to see your toes are more balanced now :) Hopefully it'll make you that much more sure-footed on the journey ahead.

Karen Forest said...

Oh my! Mr B and her would make quite a pair.

Who knows, maybe someday this country boy and city girl could "hook up" and share their nebulizer.

He has always had a thing for "older women".

liv said...

Hugs and love to one plus 2! Lots of healthy, safe and sound energy being directed your way. There's nothing worse than a sick baby. It just tears at your heart. xoxo

K said...

M is beautiful.

I know it's scary and the mask is frightening, but I'm just so thankful that such a machine exists that let's my baby breath.

Lawyer Mama said...

Oh, poor Baby M! I hope she's doing better now. Poor thing.

I LOVE the henna.

crazymumma said...

I jumped when the image of M came up. I am so sorry. Poor little thing. She will not remember ......is it asthma or a bad cough?
And hon.....I'll take that nurse out for you if you need.

urban-urchin said...

We just went through this with the little man too. Geez, it's spring, right? When the sickness goes into hibernation? Yea right.

A couple of days she'll be good as new.

Carrie said...

Hope M feels better soon. The mean nurse could be having a bad day but she could've just loosen a bit for the sake of M.

Ruth Dynamite said...

Oh Baby! I hope she's much better by now. You, too.

karrie said...

Poor little M! And I see from the post above, poor you as well. Suckitty suck.

(The henna looks great though.)

Pendullum said...

Ohh, I hope she is so on the mend and that this is not a chronic thing...
And as for the nurse? really no words...we all make choices and her choice, this nurse, to make a young girl cry instead of taking the extra minute to explain and make her comfortable with the treatment is just sad... as it does take only a minute.... for good or for bad... a choice...