Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The Flu

We almost made it through flu season without getting sick.  Almost.  Last Saturday night Grace had fever.  Sunday morning we got up and no fever.  She seemed fine.  So we went to church.  During the sermon she got really still and then her fever shot up.  As soon as pastor was finished, we headed for home.  102 and climbing.  This would be the case for the next several days.

Monday morning called Children's Clinic and after talking to the nurse, I agreed that it was most likely viral. She acted like she felt fine.  Around lunch her fever began to climb.  Grace has always had very, very high fevers.  The highest was 107 during a nasty ear infection.  Well her temp didn't get that high, but it got up to 104.5.  And I had trouble getting it down.  It took Tylenol and Motrin together to get her fever down.  Put another call in to the clinic.  Dr. Amy was booked, so I left a message for the on call nurse.  Then the fever wouldn't come down.  I did what always works with her...put cold washcloths under her arms.  She was crying so hard and so was I.

Saw the doctor on call who tested her for the flu.  Positive.  Prescription in hand, we set off in search of Tamiflu.  Two pharmacies and two hours later, we have Tamiflu and are ready to head home.  That was Monday.  Her fever became manageable, so I went back to work on Thursday.  I felt so bad leaving her.  I really felt bad on Friday at lunch.  I called to check on her and asked to talk to her.  She began to cry and begged me to come home.  Thankfully it was in service day and there were no students.  Because I blubbered like a big baby.

Her fever finally broke Friday night.  She is still so exhausted and is falling asleep by 7pm.

Monday, February 25, 2013

A Ride in the Ambulance - August 2011

The morning was a pretty typical summer day. At about 10 am we were getting ready to get in the pool. Grace was standing by her bed about to put on her swim suit. And she threw up.

She immediately became lethargic and that really scared me. I took her to the clinic. She laid in Sheila's lap and was unresponsive. So I headed to the hospital. Mom drove while I sat in the back fighting to keep Grace conscious. When we got out of the car you could smell burning rubber from the tires.

She got sink again inside and the took her back. The first thing they did was try to take. Lethargy OVER. She was immediately alert and did not want her blood taken. After six nurses trying with me holding her down they finally got it. That was the first trauma of the day. Dr comes and says it could be appendicitis . He wants to get a CT scan. She is not having that. After a shot of Valium she is still not having that.

Then he says I am going to consult with a pediatrician we have never seen and a surgeon. WHOA! I tell him to call her dr in Jackson and Dr Amy tells him not to touch her. Put her in an ambulance to Jackson. She plays with my phone on the way to Jackson. The ambulance guy gave me the best explanation. Her blood pressure probably dropped when she got sick. The rush of adrenaline that came when they stuck her with a needle fixed things.

We got to Jackson and she was asking for something to eat because she hadn't had anything all day. The dr said if she can keep juice down she can go home. At 9 p.m. we were at Cracker Barrel.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Visit to the Dentist

Grace has impatiently waiting for her first loose tooth. Well I recently noticed that one was coming in behind her primary teeth. So I booked an appointment with a pediatric dentist. The dentist was wonderful, Grace was not. The assistant had a terrible time cleaning her teeth. When asked to open her mouth, Grace would stick her tongue out.

After examining her the dentist recommended that instead of pulling the teeth now, that we make an appointment and come back and try it with the aid of Valium. Then I told him about the time we tried (and failed) to get a CT scan with the aid of Valium. Since there were no cavities, he decided to wait and see what happens. Her teeth were so pretty and straight. Now I see braces in our future.