Wednesday, November 4, 2009

This Day makes our TOP TEN LEAST FAVORITE DAYS list.

The day started out with a fever of....well, I've taken Nathan's temperature so many times today, I can't even remember what it was. It was high enough to keep him home and let my boss & team know that I'd be taking care of him at home while working. Which means inconsistent availability.

Nathan's fever floated between low hundreds to...107.3 - now let me just say something before I go any further. I already know - and have been told - that Nathan wouldn't have been conscious if his fever were that high. I'm just saying THAT is what I saw - twice - on our Temporal Scanner Thermometer.
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We rushed to Urgent Care. Twenty minutes later, Nathan's temperature registered 103.something. At which time I am 'informed' that Nathan's temperature could NOT have been 107. Well, that's what I saw - just saying.

In addition to Nathan's high temperature, the Dr. felt Nathan was dangerously dehydrated. Since Nathan wasn't drinking fluids, an IV would have to be administered. How do you explain dehydration to a 2yr old? How do you explain the necessity of a needle staying stuck in your arm to a 2 yr old? Nathan sobbed and wept for almost 2 hours straight, while that IV was in his arm. Interestingly though, his temperature dropped just minutes after his IV was inserted.

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Much later, when the IV was finally removed. The world was a better place again.
Nathan sat in my lap for a little while and just 'recovered', then he eventually made it over to dada's lap and played a little.
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His little eyes were so swollen from crying for so long though that his little face was puffy all over.
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But if Nathan can smile at the end of the day, then I certainly can to. But this day DOES go on the Top Ten Least Favorite Days list!

4 comments:

  1. That sounds like a horrible rotten no good very bad day. IV's are NO FUN!!!! We have had that experience as well. Glad to hear he is doing better.

    And we have that same thermometer, and while most of the time it is pretty accurate, every once in a while it goes screwy. I read that, because of the way that it holds heat in the scanner, if you take their temp too many times in a row over a short amount of time, it will register higher than what their actual temperature is. Just FYI for next time.

    Glad you all survived one of your Top Ten Least Favorite Days!!

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  2. You are truly the best - Thank you! They made me feel like I was a crazy woman making it up. But your FYI is just what I needed to know because I bet that's exactly what happened. I scanned him very quickly, saw 107, twice. Then scanned him 3 more times, very quickly and the thermometer would only say HI. Which I read as "TO HIGH FOR A NUMBER - Get your butt to ER" So GOOOD to know, thanks for the tip!

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  4. Oh my goodness, poor Nathan. (And poor you guys.) ERs are so stressful. And I cannot even being to imagine what it felt like to see 107.3 on a thermometer, whether or not it was "possible." Seeing it would make me panic. At least it ended with a smile.

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