||[Dec. 30th, 2007|04:09 pm]
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My baby's sick!!
I came in to cuddle with him last night at around 2:00 AM ( I had just finished watching the most recent season of 24 with my Dad) and I kissed his forehead and couldn't BELIEVE how hot his forehead was. I got the thermometer and sure enough, he was at 102.4 . I gave him tylenol right away and called the nurse advice line. The guy there was like "Well has he ever had surgery" and I mentioned that yes he had for spina bifida when he was born and all of that, and he said that "With your sons pre-existing conditions you should bring him in now." I thought that sounded a little ridiulous, because Drew doesn't have hydrocephalus or any of that, so I just stayed up the next two hours to monitor Drew's temp and make sure that the tylenol was keeping it under control. He went to sleep and so did I.
I woke up a little late this morning, because I had a really busy weekend and was up all night with Drew more or less so Dad let me sleep in. When I got up at around 10:30 though, Drew was dozing in and out watching cartoons with my Dad on the couch, so i came to feel his forehead and realized we had a problem. I grabbed one thermometer that sad 103.1, and then thought that couldn't be right. Gave him a full dose of tylenol. Grabbed our other two thermometers, and double checked. The next one said 102.7, and then I waited ten minutes, got a cool rag, and tried the last thermometer. 103.3. I had been talking to my sister and she said that it was definitely time to go in. I should mention too that these were under the armpit temps so you are supposed to add a full degree on top of the temp read on the thermometer, and these were the temps ON the thermometer before adding the degree. We were freaking out.
We got to the hospital and I filled out the thing for the triage nurse to evaluate him immediately. It was over a half an hour before she even saw him to determine emergency or urgent care. She used one of those forehead thermoeter thingies even though I told her that he had just had a cool compress on his forehead. That read 97.3. I told her that wasn't possibly right and she rolled her eyes at me and said that he could be seen in urgent care.
So we waited. Drew was shaking and acting really strange, so I was getting reeeally freaked out because of the fever leading to brain damage and all that stuff and it was reeeeeally getting me scared. Jen's an angel and checked up on Web MD for me, and I learned that it has to be like 107 for a kid to have brain damage from a fever and has to be going on for more then just a day,s o that calmed me significantly.
After an hour of waiting in the lobby they took us in to the urgent care room and I told the nurse that I felt the temp from the triage nurse was incorrect and why, and she agreed that he felt warmer then that, and took the temp under his arm, and it was down to 99.8 so at least the tylenol and cool compresses and ice water had brought it down significantly, but still a low grade fever. The pediatrician on call came in right away and examined him, and thought maybe he might have pneumonia. He had a chest x-ray to rule that out, and she came back and told me that she felt it was a viral upper respitory infection. :(
So no antibiotic at this point, just keeping his fever under control when it climbs again, but she said that a fever is a good way for the body to fight an infection, which I didn't realize, so if it's at like 101 to just keep an eye on him, and let the fever run it's course, but if it gets higher to go the tylenol/motrin route.
He had a candy cane ( his favorite thing on earth right now) and got a mickeymouse and a goofy stickers from the nice ladies who did his x-ray, and he's sleeping upstairs now.
So for all of you that chatted with me in texts to keep me calm, I reeeally appreciate it. You're the best. Love you so much!!