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Waiting on Life – Chapter 18

          It had been two days since the paparazzi experience, and Ellie being sick.  In fact, Ellie was still quite sick.  She wasn’t able to keep anything down, and was constantly wining or crying, even when someone was holding her.

          “Mommy,” Ellie cried as she laid her head on her mother’s shoulder that morning.  They had gotten Ellie to sleep in her own bed the night before.  The first night that she was sick, they had tried everything, and she just wouldn’t sleep in her own bed, which meant that she slept in with Paul and Denise, who got no sleep what-so-ever that night.

          “Yea baby,” Denise said as she felt her forehead, which was still burning up.

          “Tummy owies,” Ellie said right before she turned pale green.  Ellie had been giving about a 5-8 second warning before she threw-up most of the time during this sickness.  It was really nice, because when she first came to live with them, she wouldn’t give any notice, and the person who was holding her was covered in puke in a matter of a cough, or sometimes it was just her opening her mouth.

          “Here you are Ellie,” Denise said as she grabbed a bucket and held it under her mouth, just in time for her to puke.

          “Mommy,” Ellie cried after she was done throwing up.

          “Come on let’s go get you some medicine, hopefully that breaks this stubborn fever of yours,” Denise said as she laid her hand on Ellie’s head.

          “Mommy,” Ellie said as she laid her head-on Denise’s shoulder.  Whenever Ellie was sick, it was the only time that she was really cuddly.  Ellie loved to cuddle anyways, but when she was sick, she became really cuddly and attached to one person and one person only.

          “Come here Ellie,” Denise said as she sat her on the counter.

          “Mommy,” Ellie cried out when Denise went to sit her on the counter.

          “Look, Mommy has Beary for you,” Denise said as she handed her the bear that went with Ellie almost everywhere.  Ellie latched onto the bear and stuck her thumb in her mouth.

          “Ellie, let Mommy get your medicine for you,” Denise said as she held her on the counter to make sure she didn’t fall off.  Denise then gently took her thumb out of Ellie’s mouth, and squirted the medicine in her mouth.  Ellie didn’t like the medicine at all, she made a face, but swallowed it.

          “Good job Ellie,” Denise praised her. They had been having troubles getting Ellie to swallow the medicine the past couple of days.  She would either spit it out at them or refuse to take the medicine.

          “Mommy, I sleepy,” Ellie said as she leaned forward into her Mom’s arms.  This was when Denise’s phone started ringing.

          “Loud,” Ellie cried as she tried to cover her ears.  Her head hurt and the noise was making it worse.

          “I know Mommy is getting it,” Denise said as she noticed that it was Kevin who was calling her.

          “Well, hello Kevin, what a nice surprise on a Thursday morning,” Denise said as she held the phone up to her ear, so she could hear her oldest child.

          “Kevy,” Ellie cried when she heard him say hi to his mom.

          “See Kevy,” Ellie cried out a couple of minutes later when her mom still had the phone held up to her ear and was talking to her brother.

          “Ellie, do you want to talk to Kevy,” Denise said as she held the phone up to her ear.

          “No, Loud, See Kevy,” Ellie cried as she tried to get the phone away from her ears and cover her ears, as she continued to cry.

          “Okay Ellie, shhh,” Denise said as she took the phone away from her ear and talked with Kevin.

          “Kevy is going to FaceTime us in a couple of minutes okay,” Denise said after Kevin had suggested that he just FaceTime them in a half an hour or so.  He was driving in the car right now, heading home after lunch with some friends.

          “Kevy,” Ellie cried as she hugged her mom.

          “I know, but let’s go get you changed before he calls back, okay,” Denise said as she felt the little girl’s forehead.  Ellie had diarrhea for the second time today, while Denise was on the phone talking with Kevin, and was in major need of being cleaned up.

          “Mommy,” Ellie cried as she laid her head-on Denise’s shoulder and stuck her thumb in her mouth.  Denise just let it go, it was apparent she didn’t feel good.  It would only make it worse if Denise told her to take her thumb out of her mouth.

          “Come here Ellie,” Denise said as she laid her on the changing table in her upstairs bathroom.  Ellie cried and screamed when Denise laid her on changing table.  She just wanted to be cuddled. 

Denise took down her pants and took off her diaper that was filled with diarrhea.  She then got to work on cleaning her up.  “Mommy,” Ellie cried as she tried to reach out for her.

“I know, Mommy is almost done,” Denise said as she continued to wipe her down.  This was when Ellie started coughing and gagging.  Denise sat the little girl up just in time for her to throw up all over the changing table and herself.

“Mommy,” Ellie cried after she was done throwing up.

“Oh honey,” Denise said as she rubbed the little girls back until she made sure that she was done throwing up.  “You done?” Denise asked the little girl who nodded her head, as she cried.

“Mommy, cuddles,” Ellie cried out as her Mom got her undressed.

“I know El, Mommy is picking you up,” Denise said as she picked her up and set her on the ground in the middle of the bathroom, that way if she projectile vomited again, it wouldn’t get all over the place, like what happened a couple minutes’ prior.

“Mommy,” Ellie screamed as Denise left to go let the water get warm and then fill up.

“I know Mommy is coming, just a minute,” Denise said as she came over to where little Ellie was sitting on the floor crying.

“Mommy has to go get more pajamas for you, she will be right back, okay,” Denise said as she left the room for a brief second to go get her some more clothes.

“Mommy,” Ellie screamed at the top of her lungs as she lost her breath and started coughing again.

“Mommy is coming Ellie,” Denise said as she rushed into the bathroom to find that little Ellie was once again throwing up, this time all over the floor and the cabinet on the other side of the room.

“Oh honey,” Denise said as she grabbed a bucket from under the changing table and held it under the little girl’s mouth, for her to throw up into.

“Come here honey,” Denise said as she picked up the little girl after Ellie was done throwing up.  She sat Ellie in the tub that was already warm and filled with water and soap suds.  Denise immediately grabbed for the shampoo and washed her hair.

“Mommy,” Ellie screamed when she was in the tub.  This was a daily occurrence.  Ellie absolutely hated taking baths because she loved to be cuddled or held constantly.

“Shhh, we are almost done,” Denise said as she finished rinsing her off quickly, after she made sure she was clean.

“Come here Ellie,” Denise said as she picked up the little girl out of the tub.  She wrapped her in a towel, and she calmed down almost instantly, now that she was in her mother’s arms again.

“Come on honey, let’s do something different and go get dressed in your bedroom,” Denise said as she carried the little girl out of the bathroom and into her bedroom. 

“Crawl,” Ellie said as Denise laid her down on the floor.

“You can crawl in a minute, we have to get you dressed first, and then you can crawl,” Denise said.  Ellie was starting to act more like her normal self, and be perky again, just since her bath got done.  Denise was hoping that the last vomiting episode was her last for this sickness and that she wouldn’t puke again.

“Come on Ellie, let’s go downstairs and wait for Kevy to FaceTime us,” Denise said as she picked up the little girl and carried her downstairs.

“Mommy, icky,” Ellie said as she snuggled into her Mom’s chest and stuck her thumb in her mouth.  Denise felt the little girl’s hot forehead.

“Oh honey, shhh,” Denise said as she rocked her back and forth.  Even though little Ellie had probably thrown up all her medicine, she couldn’t have any more for another three hours or so.

“Mommy, I sleepy,” Ellie said as she closed her eyes and feel into a deep sleep.

A couple minutes later, Denise’s phone started shrilling again, being Kevin’s FaceTime call that he had promised Denise and Ellie earlier in the morning.  Ellie woke up and tried to cover her ears from the noise as she started crying.

“Ellie, look it’s Kevy,” Denise said as she showed Ellie who was on the screen of the phone.  Ellie immediately smiled with tears still dripping down her face.

“Ellie, how are you today?” Kevin asked her.

“Icky,” Ellie responded as she stuck her thumb in her mouth.

“Yea, she has been quite sick for the past two days, she hasn’t been able to keep anything down, has had a constant fever in the range of 102-103 degrees, and has the runs like there is no tomorrow.

“Oh Ellie,” Kevin said as he looked at his little sister who had tears still dripping down her face, and her thumb was still in her mouth.

“Yea, the first night, Dad nor I got any sleep.  She refused to sleep in her own bed, and then she was up about every 45 minutes throwing up or crying.  Last night, we got her to sleep in her own bed, but I was up with her pretty much all night, either catching vomit or trying to get her to sleep,” Denise sighed.  “She finally feels asleep around 5:30, and then was up around 9 again.

“Poor thing,” Kevin said.

“How are you and Dani doing?  Not sick or anything like this little one, I hope,” Denise asked as she noticed Ellie had once again fallen asleep.

“We are good here.  The reason I was calling, was because I was wondering if Dani and I could join you guys for Thanksgiving,” Kevin said.

“Of course, you and Dani are always welcome here,” Denise said.

“Okay, because Dani’s parents are going on a cruise, Dina and Brian are going to be spending the day with his family, and Katie is going to Florida for the week with some friends, so we have nowhere to go,” Kevin said.

“Of course, you and Dani can come, we were just trying to decide the other night when Joe was here, if we were going to down to Texas or stay here in Los Angeles.  I know that Frankie wanted to go to Texas, but I didn’t really get an answer from Joe yet, and I still have to call and touch base with Nick,” Denise said as she felt the sleeping little girls head.

“What about her, what did she want to do?” Kevin asked.

“She was sick, so we didn’t really ask her,” Denise said.

“She’s sleeping, right?” Kevin asked his mom.

“Yea, why?” Denise asked.

“I want to talk to you about a Christmas present idea for her,” Kevin said.

“Just a minute, let me just lay her down and then I’ll go in another room, I don’t want her to wake her up, she was up all night last night,” Denise said as she stood up and then laid her on the couch and covered her shivering body up with a blanket.

“Okay, so what was your idea?” Denise asked her oldest son once she was in the kitchen and out of ear shot.

“Hi sweetie, who are you talking too,” Paul said as he came into the kitchen.  He was doing some work in his office and needed a break.

“Kevin,” Denise said as Paul came over with a coffee in his hand and set it on the table.

“Hi Dad,” Kevin said.

“Hi Kevin, how are you doing?” Paul asked his son as he pulled out a chair and sat down next to Denise.

“I am doing good, I was just about to talk to you guys about Ellie’s Christmas present,” Kevin said.

“What are you guys thinking of getting her,” Paul asked as Denise nodded.  She wanted to know too.

“So, you know Riley our dog, right?” Kevin asked as both Denise and Paul nodded.  “We have kept up with the breeder on Facebook, their daughter is a huge fan of mine, so I told them that I would like their page.”  Riley was the dog that Kevin got Dani right after they were married, it was Christmas present to her.

“Yea,” Denise said as she waited for Kevin to finish his spiel about Riley, their dog’s, breeders.

“So, anyways, they have a litter of puppies coming right after the New Year, the puppy would be related to Riley by being a great niece or nephew, I think.  Anyways, Dani and I were hoping that if you were up for it, we could get Ellie a puppy for Christmas, but we have to act fast if that is what we decide we want to do,” Kevin said as he held his breath and waited for his Mom and Dad to respond to him.

“Mommy,” Denise heard Ellie scream from the living room before she started crying.

“I’ll go get her, but I would say yes to the puppy,” Paul said as he got up and left the room to go retrieve his youngest.

“Hi Ellie, how are you doing this morning?” Paul asked the little girl when he got into the living room.  When he got into the living room, he saw that she was sweating and really pale.  Paul quickly grabbed the bucket that was on the coffee table and held it up by her mouth, just in time for her to throw up.

“Oh honey,” Paul said as he rubbed her back while she vomited.

“Mommy,” Ellie cried as she reached out for her once Paul had carried her into the kitchen.

“I’ll take her,” Denise said as she stood up and took her out of her husband’s arms.

“Kevy, icky,” Ellie said when she saw that her Mom was still talking to her older brother.

“Oh Ellie, I am sorry that you feel icky,” Kevin said.

          “Oh sweetie, you are just don’t feel good, do you,” Denise said as she felt the little girls head.

          “Mommy,” Ellie cried out, her tummy was hurting again, but not like she had to throw up, it was just really hurting.

          “Ellie, shhh,” Paul said as he picked up the little girl from his wife’s lap and took her into his arms.

          “Daddy,” Ellie cried out as her stomach started hurting more.

          “Ellie, what’s wrong?” Paul asked the little girl who continued to cry.

          “Owie,” Ellie cried out as she grabbed her stomach.

          “Ellie, do you have to throw up?” Paul said as he grabbed a bucket that was sitting on the kitchen table from the night before.  Little Ellie just continued to cry.

          “Honey, what’s the matter?” Paul said as he walked with her into the living room and sat down on the couch with her in his lap.

          “Daddy,” Ellie cried into his chest.  “Owie,” Ellie screamed again this time louder than before as she grabbed her stomach.

          “Ellie, what is wrong?” Paul asked worried.  He was really worried about his daughter, she had never acted this way, before.  Sure, when she first came to live with them, she was having some problems, with her digestive track, but she had never had this problem though.

          “Owie,” Ellie screamed this time louder than before.

          “Ellie, shhh,” Denise said as she came into the living room to find Ellie crying and grabbing at her little stomach.  Denise had ended the conversation with Kevin abruptly when she heard Ellie scream.

          “Mommy,” Ellie screamed when she saw her and again grabbed at her little stomach.

          “Ellie, it’s okay,” Denise said as Ellie continued to cry.

          “Mommy, icky,” Ellie cried out as she coughed a little bit before spitting up just a little bit of stuff.  She didn’t have anything left in her stomach.

          “Oh Ellie,” Denise said as she came over and took her from Paul.

          “Is your tummy better?” Paul asked his little girl who just looked at him and cried.

          “Oh honey, you are really hot, aren’t you?” Denise said as she felt her daughter’s forehead.

          “Mommy,” Ellie cried as she laid her head-on Denise’s shoulder and stuck her thumb in her mouth.  This was a habit that they were trying to get her to stop, but since she was sick, Paul and Denise didn’t try to get her to take her thumb out of her mouth.  They would get her to that point eventually when she was healthy.

          “Oh Ellie, shhh,” Denise said as she walked around with her in her arms and soothed her to sleep.  Once she was sleeping, Denise laid her on the couch again and covered her up with a blanket.  Paul and Denise then went into the kitchen and each got another cup of coffee and talked.

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