Health, Sweet Health, oh how we’ve missed you…..
It’s that time of year again – cherished for colder temperatures, holiday seasons, and the birth of a Savior, but at the same time, it’s also despised for the seasonal illnesses, the obligation to spend tons of money, and the overlooked fact that Jesus was born.
Christian already got hit pretty hard with a diagnosed upper respiratory infection “with flu-like properties”. So, basically, The Timeline of an Upper Respiratory Infection for anyone who is interested:
Day One: Christian spiked a fever of 104 degrees in the middle of the night. Tummy hurts but no vomiting.
Day Two: Fever ebbs and spikes in between doses of Tylenol, lethargy has set in and remains all day.
Day Three: Christian is still glued to the couch, lethargic, slight appetite, consistent high fever. When he complains about his stomach hurting we rush to the emergency room. Christian is tested for strep (negative), influenza A & B (negative), bladder infection (negative), and pneumonia (negative). We are sent home with the diagnosis: upper respiratory infection with flu like properties – okaaaaayyyyy??!!
**Note: My 6 year old nephew had an agonizing fight with a ruptured appendix earlier this year. Three surgeries and a five week hospital stay later, he was able to go home. Praises for that! We had some major scares during that time though, which is why we were terrified that Christian’s appendix may’ve been on the war path. If we didn’t have a family history of appendicitis, would we have done the same thing? Can’t say for sure.
Day Four: Round the clock medication alternating Tylenol and Motrin. Fever remains high into the night. Last dose of motrin given at 9:30pm. Research online and tons of phone conversations later, tired mama falls asleep. Alarm clock wakes us at 1:30am to check Christian’s temp. Another note, Gregg bought an awesomely cool thermometer that scans the forehead, so you can check a temperature without waking a soundly sleeping child!!!!! Christian’s fever is relatively low, so we let him continue to sleep.
Day Five: Christian wakes up and has a ton of energy built up! He’s running, jumping, playing with a low grade fever of 99. He wears himself out and gets cranky toward early evening, but at least it seems like he’s on the mend!
Day Six: Back to normal, with a temp of 98.7, Christian is back to his ornery, willful, playful, hyper-active self!!! One more day at home to make sure he’s well, and then back to school.
Christian went back to school on Thurs. and Fri. this week. He has a little lingering couch, but otherwise, is just fine!
Christian started feeling better once the motrin kicked in! When we first arrived at the hospital, he couldn’t even walk….
Now, big brother, Ben is trying to get over a tummy bug…. Thankfully, it seems to be the shortest lived tummy bug that I’ve ever seen. It’s been verified that the little bug has been making its rounds at the elementary schools….
Sadly, I’ve had a child home from school every single day this week…. although, I actually prefer to have the kids at home. If I had enough guts to home school, I’d seriously consider it! At this time though, I’m just praying for good health and protection over all of my family members, in Jesus’ name, AMEN!
Have a healthy weekend with a couple extra shots of vitamin C!