January 6th, 2008


I am not one of those parents!

And yet we still ended up at the hospital with Victoria tonight. Earlier this afternoon hubby commented that it looked like she was bruised around her mouth and nose. I thought maybe she's a bit chilly...but 6 hours later she was still blue along her smile lines, her nails seemed a little dark and she sounded a bit wheezy. Her lips themselves weren't blue, but I thought I'd call Telehealth Ontario just to make sure.

After asking a bunch of questions about her health, they suggested that we should go to the hospital (I think this is the default answer if there isn't a clear-cut 'oh that's normal') so we did. One weird thing is that they suggested that her temp of 36.5 at the armpit was a bit low (!!)- I think she misunderstood how I took the reading.

As soon as we entered the ER at CHEO they triaged her; weight, O2 saturation, HR, BP and temp were all textbook perfect. I immediately felt better, but they wanted a doc to verify and double check her. End result is they have no idea why she has slight duskiness around her mouth, but they could find nothing wrong. RSV was ruled out as there was no where near enough mucous, she isn't having seizures, and she's not dehydrated. Her chest sounded fine, and there were no signs of heart disease. Oh, and the wheezy breathing is just normal nose-breathing baby sounds, but of course, once you're worried, everything seems wrong.

We have her one month check-up on Tuesday and will talk to the family doctor about it. I never, ever want to think that my baby isn't getting sufficient oxygen again!

Where were you 10 years ago?

I know that I'll never forget:

(pics are of scenes in Quebec, mine are still stuck on 4x6's in a shoebox)


We were lucky here, both at our house and in this area. We only accumulated 60mm of freezing rain, and that was still enough to bend the 40' cedars in our back yard right down to the ground, and snap the top off our birch tree. Our 90-year old oak stood up without flinching, while our maple came down (ever so gently) on our neighbour's roof.

Our neighbourhood was only out of power for an afternoon (yay to buried hydro lines!) We have a wood-burning fireplace if we needed heat. There were areas of Ontario that were without hydro for 4 weeks. Rural, farming areas.

It is the only time I can remember the city declaring a state of emergency. The entire city was shut down. I was however within walking distance to work, so I was lucky enough (with my sister) to get to babysit the powerless building and our generator (damn servers!) for 3 days.

Oh, has anyone mentioned what the short term:

and long term:

weather forecasts are? I'm actually not so worried about freezing rain as I am about the feet of snow on our roof getting saturated with millimeters of rain. Should be a good test of the old house.