Turns out, Norah has Roseola.
It's a common childhood virus, which consists of 2-3 days of a fever followed by a rash. The rash is just splotchy, not raised or icky, and it's actually good to have the rash appear because it means the virus is essentially coming to its conclusion.
This time, I didn't take her into the dr's office, I just called them and spoke to the dr. since everything I read online said that basically there was nothing but symptom relief to provide (plus, after being at the dr's twice this week, I really didn't want to return once again if it wasn't necessary). The dr said it sounded like "textbook" roseola and said there was no need to bring her in. He just gave some further advice about keeping her comfortable and answered some of my questions about her being contagious.
It sucks that she has had such a rough week, but I'm strangely relieved to KNOW what has been going on -- it's been frustrating knowing that SOMEthing is wrong with her, this isn't just the common cold, but not having any answers.
Anyhoo, now that the rash has broken and the fever has reduced, I think she's on the mend and she should be feeling better by the weekend. But, it does mean that daycare asked that she stay home tomorrow, which is fine because I don't work on Fridays; however...it IS my birthday and I'd planned on treating myself to some fun "me" things in the afternoon while she was at daycare.
It's okay, though, there are worse things than being at home with my daughter on my birthday -- I suppose 12 or 13 years from now, I'll have to BEG her to spend my birthday with me, so I'd best enjoy it now when I don't have to, right?
As far as your birthday gifts are concerned, I have to say you guys have really slacked off. After this many years of blogging, do I really need to remind you that April 22 is JESS DAY?!
No fears, rush delivery can still get me the diamonds and designer handbags I know you meant to have here by now! :)