Around 2AM Iris started whimpering, and when we checked her she was burning up with a fever of 104+, miserable and glazed. We gave her some baby Tylenol and I rang the nurse line while M. started sponging her off with cool cloths and running a tepid bath. The nurse I spoke with was excellent, but it was a real toss up between waiting to see if we could get the fever down or rushing to emerg. in the middle of the night.
We decided to call our regular pediatrician’s service, which has a random doctor phone back, we just weren’t expecting them to take so long. We would have driven her to Children’s, but fortunately she responded to the Tylenol quickly, and the fever dropped even more (to 101) after floating her in the tub for about half an hour.
She seemed back with us mentally, playing (albeit weakly) a bit in the tub and giving the odd tired smile, and fortunately seemed thirsty, so had a good feed and fell asleep around 4:30. M. went back to bed to get a couple of Z’s before work and I sat up with her, turning a little damp cloth on her head and patting her when she got restless.
The doctor didn’t call until after 5AM, which I was a little annoyed by. He was an odd duck; seemed to have trouble listening to what I was saying (Ie. her behaviour, the fact that it was an under arm temp., Isak being sick earlier in the week, etc.) and he was babbling quickly, almost speedy. I think he was probably just one of those hyper smarty-pants doctors with a lack of social skills, but it was frustrating, particularly the interruptions when I was trying to share important information.
He did say that we’d done all the right things and that it sounded like it was something viral and under control, but if the fever continues we should take her in to be checked out. This morning (I say that like there was a sleep bridge, which isn’t so) I gave her another dose of Tylenol and got Isak off to school. Iris has been thirsty (a good thing) and is sleeping again, which seems like an excellent idea. Again, I’m hopeful this thing doesn’t drag me down too, but my defenses have probably burned down pretty low.
This is turning into more of a journal entry than a list of things to do… I don’t think I can do too much today. Rest when my Nightingale skills aren’t required? That sounds good. I wish I had some plush microbes to pummel.Regular
- Basic house maintenance (dishes, garbage, recycling, compost) √
- Laundry √
- Eat well, drink plenty of water, and take vitamins/supplements √
- Exercise/movement for 1 hour minimum √
- Flylady Mission of the Day: Shoe purge √
- Reading homework with Isak √
- Family game
- Downtime w/M √
- Continue December happiness entries
- Keep the fever down, keep the fluids up √
- Rest. √
- Rest. √
- Crack the last Twin Peaks set √
- Get some fresh air (it’s sunny!) √
- Load new photos √
- A warm bath with lavender oil, ginger tea, and a book √
- Create an easy, early night for everyone √
Note to self: perhaps a “life and other things” goal would be a plan?” Or even under “be a good mother” Ahhh, too late now.15 months ago