Saturday, February 19, 2011

You never really know....


.....what the day may bring.


Parker spent the night with Gramma and Poppa last night so I was able to hang out with my littlest gal for the evening. It was so nice to be able to spend that one-on-one time with her.

We all slept in until about 8:30. THIS WAS SO NICE!!!!!!!! And I am very thankful for it.

I got up, took a shower.

Geoff fed Grace breakfast.

I got ready to go over to my sister's house for a Thirty-One party (Our friend, Megan, is a consultant and they have so many cute things! Personalized bags, totes, cooler bags.....a lot! Go check it out!)

Grace was walking around....talking.....playing. Being normal.

After the party- Parker and I (my mom had brought her over to Kristin's) headed home to pick up Geoff and Grace to run some errands.

Grace was still acting 'normal.'

On the way to our first destination- I commented to Geoff that Grace looked like she was going to fall asleep. She was just sitting in her car seat.....not moving......with her eyes barely open.

We go into Home Depot. She still just sits there. No facial expressions. No talking. No smiling.

We decided to cut our day of outings abruptly short and headed home.

Temp taken.

102.0

Poor baby. She just laid in my arms. We gave her ibuprofen and a cool rag on her head. Every time I would put the cool rag on her head she would not move.....but she whimpered. Uuuh. So sad.




After about 15 minutes or so she began to perk up so I went ahead and put her down for her afternoon nap (since it was time).

She woke up about 2 and a half hours later and was pretty cranky. Her temp was then only 100 (which, technically, isn't even fever).

We went ahead and grilled out, (the plan had been for Kristin and her family to come over and eat and just play outside the entire time because it was such a beautiful day- which they did not end up coming......but we still had to eat), and she seemed to perk up a bit. She swang a little. But mostly still wanted to be held. But I was ok with this because her fever was gone.

Well- as we were eating- she did not want to sit in her seat.....and did not want to eat..... and so I held her.

She then began shivering. I know this feeling. And her shivers were coming from deep within her tiny body. And I could see her little hand and arm shaking. It was the saddest thing to me. And kind of scary, too.

Fever. 102 again.

About an hour later: 102.6.

I just held her. I took these pictures with my phone. She's not a thumb sucker.....but we have noticed that she will sit with her thumb in her mouth since she hasn't been feeling very well. (Please ignore the double chin. (Although- I find it a bit odd that I ask you to ignore that which I am bringing direct attention to.)


And I couldn't help but stare at these sweet, chubby feet.


Since it was getting close to bedtime and her fever was going up.....and it was still 1 hour away from being able to give ibuprofen again- we went ahead and gave a dose of acetamenophen.

A about 45 minutes later it was down to about 101.6 and she had begun to perk up again. I stripped her down to her diaper to hopefully release some of the heat coming off of her body- and she actually started walking around a bit and ate a cracker and drank a little juice.

We gave her another dose of ibuprofen before we put her down because her fever has proven to be hard to break and with the night time coming, I don't want her fever to get too high in her sleep.

We are going to check on her again before we go to bed.....and then maybe set the alarm for 2am to check on her again. Is that what you're supposed to do??

We have been so blessed that Parker has not really ever been sick until this past Christmas (when she came down with bronchitis and was put on antibiotics for the first time in her life at the age of 3)......so that I don't really know what to do.

Geoff even made the comment that he felt more calm because he 'knows' that I 'know' what I am doing since I am nurse. This is SO not even the case!! I know a smidgen (if that) about preemie neonates. And that's it. Period.

Plus- when you throw your own kids in the mix- it really clouds your judgment.

So any advice will be much appreciated. If we can control the fever.....do we just keep her home until Monday when we can get her into see the dr. Are we supposed to take her to an acute care clinic? Decisions, decisions.

I am thinking that as long as we can control her fever we will be ok until Monday. I just feel kind of bad because I know she doesn't feel well. And in addition- she really doesn't have any symptoms other than the fever......no cough, no runny nose.....so I am thinking it is probably strep throat....since it's such a high, sustaining fever......and it's been going around.

I absolutely hate that she is sick. I would take her place in a heartbeat. But I must admit.....I have kind of enjoyed her sitting in my lap. I've been missing her lately!

9 comments:

Blanca said...
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Kelli @ Our Growing Family said...

Jackson had a stomach bug a few weeks ago for about 24 hours. He had a 102 fever, tired, and his tummy hurt. Had he not told me his stomach hurt, I wouldn't have known. His also came on really fast! So, it may be something like that!
She is fine until Monday as long as the meds are keeping her fever down. Actually I think Dr. Halsell's office always says 3 days of fever before they will do anything so they know if it is viral or bacterial.

Megan said...

So, so sad! Those pictures break my heart! I hope she feels better soon!!

PS...thanks for the shout out. That was really sweet! Glad we got to hang out 3 weekends in a row. Up for next weekend? ;-)

Megan said...

PS...the fever. I am pretty sure that my pedi says 103 is when they should go to the hospital.

Jodie said...

Poor Girl. It sounds like you have it covered. I would wait until Monday as well unless she is just extremely uncomfortable and you cannot get the fever down. A cool, lukewarm rag on the kids' heads always helped when I would hold them too. I hope it passes quickly.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I hope she feel better soon. I hate when JDaniel is sick, but I do love snuggling with him.

Viv said...

God Bless her, just hate it when they are sick...hope she is better!

Jenny said...

I am sorry that she is sick. You are doing a great job. Just control the fever and increase the liquids (well, not milk based ones). The more she drinks the better she will be. I would wait and go into your doctor on Monday. Hope Grace feels better soon. Let me know if you need anything!

Kristin said...

POOR POOR BABY!!! Makes me so sad to see her like that!!!

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