Not only do I have Jace recovering from his surgery this past Tuesday, where he had his tonsils and adenoids removed, but I also have Parker battling the H1N1 virus.
This has been quite a rough week. Jace’s worst day was Friday. I couldn’t get him to eat, drink, or do anything. He cried in constant pain all day long. That same day, Parker started to run a fever. At first, it stayed pretty low, not going above 101*. I honestly thought it was just teething. He’s working on his bottom molars right now, and his top molars were really tough when they came in. All of my kids have run fevers with teething – especially those molars – so I figured that’s all it was.
Until his temp reached 104* rectally. Then, I knew that this wasn’t teething, but something more. With his cough, runny nose, and now the high fever, the only thought I had on my mind was the Swine Flu.
I rushed Parker to the ER that evening. His rapid flu test came back negative, but the doctor said that that test is a lot like a pregnancy test: A positive is a positive, but a negative doesn’t necessarily mean a negative. There’s always a chance for a false negative. And, given all the symptoms Parker had, she was certain it was the swine flu – or the H1N1 virus.
They gave Parker another dose of Motrin, as well as a dose of Tamiflu. The doctor wrote a prescription for the Tamiflu and sent us home with guidlines on alternating Tylenol and Motrin every 3 hours. They said if Parker’s temp went above 101.5*, he needed to come back right away.
On Saturday evening, it was almost time for Parker to get another dose of Tylenol. He was starting to feel warm, so I took his temp: 101.4*. Crap. So, I gave him the Tylenol, waited 40 minutes, and took his temp again. This time, it was 102.5*. Hubby was home and had the night off, so he bundled up Parker and headed to the ER.
When they arrived at the ER, Parker’s temp was still 102.1*. They ordered a full battery of chest x-rays, and waited until they could give him another dose of Motrin. His fever didn’t seem to want to come down.
They finally got his temperature down to 99.9*, so they sent Parker home around 3am. They gave Gene the same list of instructions on alternating Tylenol and Motrin, and told him that if Parker’s fever went above 103* or if he developed any new symptoms or had any difficulty breathing, he needed to come back right away.
On Sunday, Parker’s fever yo-yoed all day long. It’s not gone above 102.3, though, so I suppose that’s good news. And other than the fever, he’s doing ok. He’s tired, looks miserable, and doesn’t want to eat. But, he is drinking (nursing) a lot, and he’s still trying to run and play with the other kids, even though it wipes him out in minutes.
We opted not to get the H1N1 vaccine, and I don’t regret that decision – even after all this. But, I am praying – with every fiber of my being – that the other kids don’t get it. Especially Jace who is so susceptible to any infection right now.
This Mama is worn out and just plum exhausted. My apologies to the PR reps who are waiting on me to post their reviews and giveaways. I have to take time out for my family first. As soon as we are over this hump, and things are better, I will be back to my regular posting schedule. I will continue to post reviews and giveaways as I can, and appreciate everyone’s patience, love, and prayers as we try to get things back to normal around here.