Being a parent is difficult.
This job is difficult.
Put those two things together, and weeks like this are especially difficult. But, luckily I’ve surrounded myself with people who make those days manageable.
Earlier this week, my daughter started in with a nasty cough. After her breathing started to scare us a little, I took her to the doctor for a series of tests, including that pesky nasal swab that for RSV.
Ciera got madder with each test, only mildly annoyed with the pulse-ox test, crying during the chest x-ray and screaming bloody murder when the nice lady shoved the swab up her nose.
Unfortunately for both of us, the RSV test was positive, which meant a round of antibiotics, steroids and frequent breathing treatments to keep the air moving through her lungs.
We spent four hours at Greene County General Hospital earlier this week, followed by two appointments after with a nurse practitioner at Greene County Health.
Did I mention that one of our staff writers took a (much needed and deserved) trip to Las Vegas this week and we hosted our annual Bright Futures banquet?
It’s been absolutely hectic and I cried at least once each day.
But, thank God, I have awesome bosses, coworkers, family and friends.
When I had to step out of the office for four hours to tend to my daughter, Patti stepped up to help in every way she could. When I couldn’t take her to daycare, my coworkers and superiors oohed and aahed at the little one in the bouncer seat sitting in the middle of the newsroom. I think she has spent more time with Becky up front this week than she has with anyone else!
Though, Chris did come stop in and inform us that if he’s not allowed to cry at work, Cici probably shouldn’t be allowed to either.
My sister and I camped in the living room for a couple of days so we could both be right there because I was terrified of the labored breathing.
My best friend was there in a drop of a hat to take her while I covered a groundbreaking.
My father-in-law spent an entire day hanging out at my house while Logan and I worked.
Then, there is my husband. Oh, this man. When I sat in tears in my living room because I had no idea how I would be able to tote around our daughter and do everything I needed at work, he pushed me to ask for some much-needed help. He works so hard and sleeps so little, yet somehow he always manages to be our foundation.
Sabrina is the editor of the Greene County Daily World. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.