Saturday, January 15, 2011

Soar Throats, High Fever, and a Scared Mommy

Wow.  What a weekend this has been. 

It actually started on Thursday.  My Sweet Baby Caleb who is normally a great napper refused to take an afternoon nap.  In fact, after his morning nap he refused to go to bed until 9:30 at night.  He was so fussy and whiney and cranky.  I really didn't think too much about it and was very relieved when he finally went to sleep around 10:00.

Fast forward to Friday morning and it was about 7:00am that Scott told me that he thought Caleb felt hot.  I took his temp and it was 101.  Again, I wasn't too worried because I thought he could be teething or just have caught a little bug.  Tylenol was given and we went on about our day.

About 11:00am, I noticed that his fever was back.  I gave him more medicine but realized by then that he was sick.  He was very clingy all day on Friday and just wanted me to hold him . . . which I really loved.

I was leaving to get Kanin from school and took Caleb's temperature again and it was 103.3.  Well, I knew that something wasn't right then so I called the doctor and she immediately got me in.  She swabbed his nose and his throat to check for strep throat and influenza and they both came back positive.  No wonder my baby had been crying and drooling all over the place.  His throat hurt too much to swallow and he was achy from the influenza.

(Notice the Friend in all of the pics)

Scott had to dj last night and my mom and dad took Kanin and Gracie so I could focus all of my attention on Caleb.  He was so lethargic and non-responsive and it was really scary.  Around 10:00pm I gave him more Tylenol and about 15 minutes later he was burning up.  I grabbed the thermometer and it said 105.3(in the ear).  I freaked out!  I grabbed him and ran out on the back porch in the snow and all.  I stayed out for a couple of minutes and then came back inside and stood right by the door.  His temp had fallen to 104.8 so I called the exchange.

The back story on this is that Kanin had febrile seizures as a toddler and while every medical professional in the world can tell you that they are no big deal, they are when it is your child.  I actually told the on-call doctor that last night when she told me that febrile seizures were no big deal. 

"I understand that YOU may think it is no big deal but when it is your child laying their twitching, writhing, foaming at the mouth and their eyes rolling back in their head.  It IS a big deal.  I've been through that a few times with one child and I would really like to prevent it from happening to another." 

She really didn't have a whole lot to say about that.

We were up for most of the night giving Motrin/Tylenol combinations and can you believe that when he woke up this morning he was a totally different kid?  He was up playing and walking around.  He still wasn't 100% and ran a low-grade fever but nothing like yesterday.

In the meantime, though, my mom said that Kanin ran fever all night so I went ahead and called the doctor for medicine this morning for him.  When I got to my parents' house to pick Kanin and Gracie up, Gracie was sick, too.  So all afternoon I have had three feverish, cranky children.

I'm hoping that we have seen the worse of the fever around here.  Kanin will definitely be missing hockey tomorrow and probably Monday which he is already sad about.  He has done nothing but lay around all day and hasn't played at all.  Grace has run a temp but so far she is the "healthiest" of the three.  Caleb goes in spurts.  When the Motrin wears off he starts in with the fevers again but at least he is playing a bit.   

As for Mommy and Daddy, we sit waiting.  Just waiting for this nasty bug to hit us.  We know it is inevitable.  Just wish it would come on already and get over with.

I absolutely have to mention how much I appreciate all of my FB friends and family praying for Caleb and for me last night.  I know that God answered those prayers and brought the fever down.



  1. I am sooooo sorry you are having to deal with 3 sick kiddos...just awful. School is out Monday, so hopefully the entire family can just take time to recoup and feel better. Hope you and Scott stay healthy and can rest some. You are all still in our prayers, let me know if you need groceries or meds.

  2. Those poor poor babies! And poor mama! Those pictures just tugged at my heart! I am so sorry you had to go through all that and deal with a rude doctor! That must have been so scary to see!

  3. Sounds like you all are having a rough few days with all the sickness! I'm so sorry :( Take care of everyone - and especially yourself!

  4. I'm so sorry April! We are dealing with a high fever with Mia too. I'm hoping Nate doesn't get it. I hope your night is ok and you guys can get some sleep and everyone wakes up healthier tomorrow!

  5. I'm so sorry that your precious little guy has to go through this. I feel so bad when my boys were sick!
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  6. Awww, that breaks my heart. That's the hardest part of being a Mommy, for me anyway. Not the taking care of them part, but the not being able to make them better :(

  7. Poor baby! I hope he is better this morning.
    How scary for you!!!!!!

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  8. Hi there! New follower here from Say Hi Sunday. Nice blog but not so nice post. So sorry you have 3 sick kiddos. I hope they get to feeling better soon! Drop by and see me if you get the chance, thanks!