Friday night was another long night of waking every hour, crying, squirming, miserable. Seriously thank GOD I have internet on my phone as i was able to sit beside her bed, soothing her whilst focusing on things outside of my brain. Today was a little better. She only had one major "pain" episode which happened as she was waking up from a two hour nap. She cried for about 10 minutes and then seemed fine. It's hard to know how much pain vs how much emotional stuff and what's the real issue. Tonight I could tell she was playing me a little in the whole bedtime game. I decided to do something a little different. Not necessarily a punishment per say but really a more focus approach to a cure. If she cries out from a sore throat it's three shots of ice cold water. In the middle of the night I haven't been pushing liquids as much. Tonight as she was going to bed I told her "Lucy, I talked to the doctor and he reminded me that it's VERY important that you drink cold water when your throat hurts, it will help it heal faster so that you feel better. When you wake up crying that your throat hurts at night I will come in to hug and kiss you and help make you better but each time your throat wakes you up I will be giving you three cups (medicine) of very cold water. This will help you throat." After our kiss and hug she started whining about her throat (which was seemingly fine up until that point). I said "oh sweety, I am sorry it hurts, I'll be right back". I got some ice water and had her drink three medicine cups, at which point she said "it feels better momma, good night".
I really don't think she's been playing me at all over the last two nights. I do think that perhaps a little habit is forming and I do KNOW that her body needs to sleep better if it's to heal. Even if she does wake up every hour tonight the ice water will help her (even if she doesn't love it). We'll see.
I should be going to sleep but I do need a moment of down time. I hope to have some good news to post about Lucy's sleep tomorrow.
not 20 minutes after this post she woke up screaming. she's only half way through her 4 hour pain-med window. WTH? I don't think I'll be sticking to my ice-water rule or this could be a long traumitizing night.