Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Fever

Last night was a rough one. Dr. B was working on 3 hours of sleep, but still ran to the store for more medicine and kleenex, to the video store for a return and to pick up dinner (he ordered me to not cook.) I am still feeling horrid, with a stuffy head, coughing and aching abs from all the coughing and nose-blowing, so was looking forward to a slug of NyQuil and a long rest. Sensing that something was coming, I propped Rowan's crib mattress up with a few books, just in case the cold we have was hitting her.

Then, at 12:30 she woke up, screaming. I ran in, picked her up, and brought her to the changing table. Then I nearly passed out myself. I think the quick jump up combined with the sickness and cold meds made my blood pressure drop (not unusual for me). "Honey, you need to come! I'm in trouble!" I yelled. He took her, I sat in the bathroom until I could see straight, and went back to bed as he rocked her back to sleep.

At 2, she cried again. I couldn't find Dr. B, so I ran in to get her. He came flying up the stairs; I guess he had just laid her down after rocking her to sleep and ran to get himself some OJ. "What's wrong? I just laid her down, she was fine," he said. "Oh, dear God, she's burning up!" I answered, and pulled out the thermometer as I laid her on the changing table.

She screamed, but didn't fight the thermometer placed in the place where nobody wants anything placed, if you know what I mean. Ahem. I watched it climb, and felt my heart sink.

103.7.

A call to the doctor, some liquid Motrin, and a night of her sleeping in my arms. She would cry as soon as I laid her down, so I slept with her head nestled in the crook of my elbow, and as she cried out in her sleep, I'd tap her nuk until she calmed down again and sank into slumber.

Up at 7:30, down for a 10-minute nap at 9 (yes, TEN minutes. TEN.) and one very fussy, clingy girl.

It's gonna be a long, long day. Sigh.

5 comments:

Aimee said...

Oh, hon... I've been there and it's scary. Babies temps are always way higher than ours. Just keep pushing the baby motrin and you know if the temp doesn't drop you can piggy back with baby tylenol as well. Acetamenophen + Ibuprophen 4 hours apart from each other will kick that fever! I called ask a nurse in KC and they helped me out. Maybe there is something like that in SC?

Keep us posted on how she is, if you can give her lots of fluids I was surprised at how much Max drank while he was sick and he ate virtually nothing. And I was reassured that was ok by the doctor as long as he remained hydrated.

I'm sorry this is happening and you're sick too... double whammy. We're thinking about you and sending get-well-vibes your way.

Mama Bear said...

Why is the entire world sick? Miss 9 is still at home today. I'll send good vibes in your direction, if you will send them in my direction!
Good luck with a sick baby. I remember how tiring that is, not to mention exhausting when you are sick yourself.
Happy thoughts... happy thoughts...

Anonymous said...

Oh I know this is scary...Mikey used to have seizure like reactions (thank God they weren't real seizures)....eyes would roll back and you couldn't wake him up and he would just shake and whimper....it was the scariest thing ever! I learned to not even get worried till the fever hit 105 and higher. Not fun...hope everyone feels better soon. There is just so much sickness...cannot wait for it to be over. Good Luck and Good Health. Your Cousin Jenn F.

Kel said...

Oh, I feel for you. I am a neonatal/pediatric nurse, so you would think that I would be able to handle it when my babies are sick...but I can't; I panic. If it were anyone else I would be able to talk them through it, but when it is your own kid it is so scary. One day my oldest daughter (2 1/2) got a fever up to 105.0 and was lethargic. I paniced and brought her to the ER. I had already given her some motrin, and she hadn't responeded. In the ER they gave her some more motrin and a popsicle, and in about 15 minutes she was a totally different kid. It just goes to show that no matter what kind of training you have, when your own kid is sick it is an sad situation.
And then to be sick as a mom who still has to take care of a sick baby...that is the worst. You can't call in sick for your job as a mom. It sounds like you have a supportive husband though, so that is wonderful
Best of luck to you and I hope you are all feeling better soon.
I also agree with the above comment...I think everyone I know all around the country is sick right now. And you would think it would all be over by now since we are getting into spring!!

~steph~ said...

oh poor sweet sweet Rowan. :(
hope you are feeling better soon!

and you guys too!!

hugs from edawg and me!

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