Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wait and see

So far, most of us are fine. Zaven's cold is mostly gone but he may have an ear infection. It doesn't hurt, but he says that he can't hear as well out of one ear. Hopefully decongestants will take care of it. Caly, Quinn, and I are doing well. Not perfect, but much better than yesterday or the day before. Zoe, however, has spiked a fever. 103.5

Now I know this will sound stupid, but I hate to take a sick kid to the doctor. They feel bad and tired and they want to be in bed, plus there are all those germs that they don't need exposed to when their immune system is already taxed, not to mention all the germs that they'd be spreading to other people in the waiting room. It just seems like a bad idea. Emergency rooms are even worse because of the crowded conditions and the long wait. Of course doctors don't do housecalls anymore. So the plan is this. We gave her a warm bath to help bring the fever down. Then we dosed her with Ibuprofen and juice and we're going to wait and see. So far the fever is down to 101.4 but I'd like to see it below 100 before I go to bed tonight. Then of course I'll be getting up every few hours to make sure it isn't going back up. If it goes back up that high, I'll be bringing her to the ER. I really hope it doesn't come to that. Our ER has a history of telling me to give my kids Ibuprofen and call the doctor in the morning, which is what I plan to do anyway. I can't tell you how annoyed I'll be if I get her out of bed and drive her into their germ-laden waiting room only to have them tell me to do what I'm already doing.


Azaera said...

I absolutely agree! I hate taking Skyler to the hospital or the doctor! I always cover his whole carseat with a blanket to try and keep germs off. I feel like a paranoid mommy but when you see that 60% of the people in the waiting room are wearing face masks I feel like I'm doing the right thing.

I know that's not really an option with a full grown child who can walk on their own. I totally don't blame you for avoiding the hospital/doctor scene. I hope Zaven and Zoe get better soon! Without a trip to the doc.

LuckyOnce said...

Ugh. I hope the fever went down. I completely know what you mean about not wanting to expose the kid to germs of other kids or share their germs with other kids. (I even hate bringing D in for "well" appointments because of all the germs!)

Tara said...

I am the same Karen. I don't take the kids to the doctor unless I really need to. We did the same, she is much better now and I didn't have to drive 40 mins for the dr to tell me to give her tylenol. I hope she feels better soon.