Posts Tagged ‘sick’

Yup, you know you love someone when you’re willing to literally suck the mucus out of their nose. That’s what’s going on at our house right now. Fun times. Alexander has his first cold. Or, more specifically, a mild case of bronchiolitis likely caused by RSV. He’s a big coughing ball of mucus and phlegm. He has been examined by two different paediatricians, and they both think his condition will clear up on its own within another week or so. In the meantime, this mommy’s heart is absolutely broken.

But back to the topic at hand… the orally-powered nasal aspirator. It was recommended to us because the regular bulb suction device wasn’t doing a very good job of clearing Alexander’s nasal secretions. And it is exactly what it sounds like – a nasal aspirator that you put in your mouth and suck on. It looks like the bulb suction device except that it has a filter and a tube connected to a mouthpiece.

The one we bought was the hydraSense nasal aspirator. It is absolutely fabulous. It’s so much easier to use than the traditional bulb device because you don’t need to use one hand to use the device. Once the mouthpiece is in your mouth, you still have both hands free to hold baby and insert the nose piece. It also gets a lot more stuff out of the nose because its not just a little squeeze of suction. And it’s easier on the baby because it doesn’t go as far into the nose. It’s also not as gross as you might think. I’ll admit, I first thought it sounded very disgusting – literally sucking secretions out of your child’s nose. But it’s not that bad. The filter works very well. The only thing that might gross you out is the noise it makes when you’re sucking. That could make you a little queasy. I tend to have an iron stomach, especially when it comes to my child. But even I gagged at one point. Other than that, it’s great! I highly recommend it for anyone whose baby has nasal congestion that needs clearing.

And, FYI, for Canadian readers… if you go to the hydraSense webpage and sign up for their Dolphin Club, you can print off a coupon for $4 off the starter kit, $2.50 off any other product (like the aspirator on its own or their saline drops), and $0.50 off the filter refills. Woohoo for saving!


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I know it’s highly unlikely that we got pregnant on our first shot. It’s also less likely that I’m experiencing morning sickness about 8 or 9 days before my expected period. But I’ve spent the last two days as nauseous as hell. I haven’t actually vomited, but I’ve been absolutely miserable. I mean, can’t get out of bed miserable. Of course I want it to be morning sickness. How awesome would it be to get pregnant on the first try?! And who really wants the stomach flu? But it could just be a stomach bug. Or my body adjusting to the new varying hormone levels that accompany no longer being on the pill. Or it could be my mind playing tricks on my body and making me think I’m experiencing symptoms that wouldn’t otherwise be there. It’s anybody’s guess at this point.

My husband is so oblivious to what’s happening with my body that it’s hilarious. Here’s an excerpt from  one of our conversations yesterday:

Me: Ohhhh Goddddd… I hope this is the damn stomach flu. I’ll die if I have to do this for ten or twelve more weeks.

Him: Ten or twelve weeks!? Are you incubating the PLAGUE?! What kind of stomach bug lasts for two or three MONTHS!?

Ohhh men. Can’t live with ’em, can’t get knocked up without ’em. 😉

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