Heather- I'm glad you're all feeling better now. Sometimes hospitals can be horrible places, and other times they can be great places of health and healing. Everyone has a different experience, it seems. Glad you're all home now, though.
The thing that gets me is when I hear of moms getting flack from doctors and nurses about weaning their toddlers when they're sick (either mom or baby). One story I read here on another board told about a mama in such pain from a burning case of swimmer's ear, that she actually broke down crying in her doctor's office and said she'd promise to wean if he would just give her some pain meds! He had refused to prescribe her something as long as she was breastfeeding her 19 mo. old, and he was actually nice to her after she broke down.
: Of course, she went home, took the meds and promptly nursed her toddler anyway (on the advice of her midwife), but it just goes to show how *dumb* and insensitive mainstream docs can be sometimes
When Zachary was in the hosp. for RSV, he basically nursed constantly, much to the surprise of the nurses and docs. It was the only reason he stayed hydrated enough to skip getting an IV. Everyone was VERY nice to us, though. Everyone's experiences are different, like I said. It just sucks when the people who are supposed to me the most compassionate and caring- our healthcare providers- can be the rudest, most inconsiderate people!
(As I was a nursing student before Zachary came along, I am sensitive to this subject, as you can tell!)