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Sunday, February 17, 2008

We've got a yucky bug in our house and it's found Maddie an easy target.
Poor thing. It's just a high fever and aches - no other symptoms, but Maddie is miserable.
She spent most of the night tossing and turning when she wasn't crying - she kept most of the household up into the wee hours this morning.
Of course this is the first time since we adopted Maddie that she's been sick...and it's always an adventure to figure out how best to handle your new child's illnesses.
The other three kids usually do pretty well with getting some medicine and crawling into bed with mom and dad to sleep through the rest of the night.
Maddie SCREAMED. Most of the night.
Needless to say, none of us got much sleep...especially Shad who was the trooper and stayed downstairs with her on the couch to try and let the rest of us get some sleep.
I LOVE that man!
Then this afternoon she scared me.
Only three hours after her last dose of ibuprofen, her fever spiked to 104.5...UNDER THE ARM.
I wasn't taking any chances. I called Shad, who is on call this weekend to let him know what we were doing. Then I piled all four kids into the minivan and drove through the snowstorm to take Maddie to the emergency room.
I'm not usually the rush the emergency room kind of mom, but if my kid's temp is that high AFTER taking the medicine, I don't take chances.
Of course by the time we actually got in to see anyone enough time had passed that it was safe to give her a dose of tylenol...and of course the temp came down to an acceptable 100.9. But then by the time they had run the flu and strep tests, the temp was back up to 101.6.
They gave her some motrin and sent us home.
No explanation as to what it might be or how long to expect it to last. All I know is it's not flu and it's not strep, the doctor thinks it may be an ear infection - even though Maddie doesn't have any external ears.
We are home now and Maddie is doing fine. She took a little bit of a nap, ate a little bit and has been drinking fluids like a champ. She hasn't hesitated to take the medicine and is starting to act more like her old self.
But now Anya is starting to show signs of a fever.
This parenting stuff is hard. Especially on no sleep.
I'm hoping and praying for a good night's rest.
I think we're going to need it.

6 salty messages:

Tina in CT February 17, 2008 at 8:06 PM  

Poor little Maddie. Being where she does not understand the language must make it even harder for her, you and Shad. Now it seems like it's hitting the next child. I hope it doesn't run through your house. You and your husband must be dragging with no sleep so hopefully everyone will be able to turn in early tonight and get a full 8 hours of shuteye.

Auntie G February 17, 2008 at 8:45 PM  

I am praying healing over your house.

kate February 18, 2008 at 3:25 AM  

We've got a high-fever bug going around here. It's taking the high schoolers a day to kick and the little ones three days. Wonder if our global community includes the bug-of-the-moment.

Hope you're all feeling better soon!

MoscowMom February 18, 2008 at 3:33 AM  

Oh, I HEAR you! Hang in there! I went for almost ten days without sufficient sleep while both girls were so sick this month... and ended up sick myself... I hope you can get enough rest to stay well. Do the bare minimum you need to during the day and try to take it easy!

Lindy February 18, 2008 at 10:26 AM  

Oh, my! I sure hope Maddie and Anya are both better now, and that no one else has caught the "bug." That's the last thing you need, is to be sick, with four kids to take care of! Hope you are all getting more sleep. That's gotta be tough! -- Melinda H.

Anonymous,  February 18, 2008 at 11:01 PM  

Oh poor thing... glad she wasn't sick on her birthday though!

Hope she's feeling lots better now, and the rest of the family doesn't catch it, whatever it is!

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