Friday night while we were getting Shaylin ready for bed we noticed her head was really warm. We decided to take her temperature & it was 101.4. We were really surprised because she didn't act at all sick. Still, we gave her Motrin (the infant kind) & put her to bed. She slept fine.
But the next morning gave us a completely different little girl. She was crying so hard when I woke up & burning up. This time her temp was 102.0. I gave her Tylenol this time. The whole day she was very fussy & clingy. Her temp did go down around 5:00 which led us to think she was well enough to go out to eat. We were very wrong. She didn't want to eat or drink anything & just sat there & cried. At 8:30 her temp was up to 102.5. I did some reading online & looking at symptoms. She had the fever & I also noticed she had cold hands. The website came back with one illness: meningitis.
I panicked. We didn't feel comfortable waiting till the morning to see if something was really wrong with our little girl so we rushed out the door & went to the ER at the closest hospital. I was trying to stay strong but I was scared. It wasn't till a little later when I told the nurse about what I read that I realized how silly it sounded, especially when she asked me if I had been on webMD (it was actually babycenter.com).
Anyway, they gave her Motrin but it was children's & a much larger dosage than we'd been giving her. We were under the impression that with her weight at only 20 lbs. she wasn't ready for something stronger. Nearly 2 hours later we finally saw a doctor. Side note: Can I just say how much I hope to never have to go to an ER again?!
Her temp started going down, the doctor reassured us she didn't have meningitis, & made sure she didn't have an ear infection. We were advised to give her a couple days & see her regular doctor if the fever persists.
Well, yesterday she seemed to be getting better. Her fever was low-grade, staying under 100, & her mood was better. She was even drinking water & eating pretty well. So we thought she was on the mend.
But last night was rough. She cried off & on for over an hour. It was as if she was crying in her sleep because she wouldn't get up. She just laid on her stomach with her eyes shut & cried. She was coughing as well & I could hear some congestion. This morning her temp was back up to 101.8 so I called the doctor & made an appointment.
They checked her ears & they were still clear. I asked about it being possible she has a UTI. The doctor said if she didn't have the congestion & coughing then she'd think so. So for now we're thinking it's a viral thing. However, if her temp goes back up to 101+ tomorrow then I will likely take her back & get her tested for a UTI, which will involve using a catheter. If it's not a UTI I preferred not putting her through that for no reason.
At this moment she's napping but not very well. She cries out from time to time. I know it's because she's so congested. And to make things worse, I can't find our nose sucker from the hospital. And her temperature was back up.
It's so frustrating because I'm constantly second-guessing every decision I'm making. I know it's just part of the difficulty of being a mom.
And on that note I think I'm going to rescue my baby girl & snuggle with her on the couch.