Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fever all through the night

At 2 a.m. when Phoebe woke up crying, I thought "Are you kidding me?"

And when I went into her room to get her, I saw she was kneeling in her crib (unusual -- normally she's just laying down).

And when I picked her up, I noticed she was really warm. She was wearing only a diaper, but she was really really warm.

It was like 500 degrees here (and muggy) yesterday so at first I thought "Is that the problem?". I was half asleep and so I nursed her and put her back in bed. I mean, her room was really warm (even with the window open).

When I got back into bed (cursing telling Geoff at 10:00 "I just don't feel like going to sleep yet! I'm just not that tired!") I prayed "God please let her be okay and not be sick, okay? I mean, maybe she's just hot from the hot condo."

Then at 3 a.m. when she woke me up again, she was still warm. So I took her temperature (for the first time in our lives I've ever had to do that) and it was 104.

104! THAT'S NOT GOOD!

I gave her Infant Tylenol, and nursed her again and after she was done, I took her temperature again and it was 103.5. So it was going down ... but still scary.

So I woke up Geoff.

"Geoff," I said. "The baby has a fever".

I put her on the bed next to him and he said to get some wet washcloths. Men. Always thinking rationally. Even at 3:30 a.m.

When we put one on her head and one on her stomach, she started crying.

She hadn't seemed to be sick or in any pain prior to that (which is why I didn't think it was a fever at first) but now she did.

Then the familiar gurgling sounds (and smells) of a wet poop were heard and I changed a very messy diaper Geoff promptly took downstairs to the outside trash can.

She went back to sleep around 5.

Woke up again around 7.

And we've been pretty mellow here since.

Her fever has hovered around 101 (even with Motrin and Tylenol -- I'm alternating).

She has had a couple more loose poop diapers.

She has been drinking water (good) and nursing (good).

She hasn't wanted what I want when I'm sick: salty foods, orange juice. Just water. A little banana. A little yogurt (I thought the friendly bacteria would be good for her).

She's taking her second nap now and I'm hoping when she wakes up she'll feel better.

This morning we were sitting on the sofa. I was trying to wake up. She was trying to feel healthy and normal again. Holding her froggy.

Just yesterday I bragged to my friend "She's never so much as had a cold! And she's almost 15 months! Can you believe it!?"

I won't be saying that again.

Mostly because I won't be able to.

My poor sweet sensitive girl has had a fever.

And so far --somehow-- we're both getting through it.

2 comments:

Melissa said...

Are you like me, racking your brain on how she could have gotten sick? I used to stew on which kid we'd been around recently who could have infected my baby!

Hope she feels better soon!!!!

Annie said...

Poor baby :( I hope she feels better today!