Normally, I'm a pretty practical person when it comes to germs and illness -- people get sick. It happens. It's usually not a big deal, and I don't rush myself to the doctor nor do I take Norah to the doctor for a case of the sniffles. But, this week has just been weird.
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, Norah is ill and I thought it might be more than a virus, so I took her in yesterday, and they found it to be nothing more than a common cold. After leaving the dr.'s, I felt mixed emotions: relief it wasn't anything more, annoyance at being perhaps perceived as one of "those" parents who take their kids in with every sneeze, and concern because, well, she just seemed really, really sick. Norah has had plenty of colds and they don't generally slow her down at all -- she'll still eat normally, drink normally, sleep normally; she just does so with a steady stream of boogers.
But this hasn't been the case this week: She's had a sparse appetite, she hasn't been drinking many fluids, her sleep has been disrupted, and she just hasn't been acting like herself (lots of whining and crying and clinging to Jerry and I). Plus, at 4 am this morning, she again woke with a fever -- 103.5.
So, worried, I again called the pediatrician this morning and went in with her. This time, they double checked her ears and chest, swabbed her throat, even gathered a urine sample. And?
Just appears to be a virus.
A particularly hard one on her, I guess. (She's never run a fever with just a cold before -- the only other time she ever had a fever was when she had an ear infection...more than 6 months ago.) The dr. advised continued use of ibuprofen to control her fever and urged us to try and get her to drink as many fluids as possible, and in the meantime, it'll probably just pass in a day or two. Again, I feel the same mixture of emotions I did yesterday: relief, foolish, concerned. Plus, I feel bad because my SIL has been visiting us this week, and it seems we've done nothing but attend doctor appointments.
As for today, Norah's staying home from daycare with Jerry for the afternoon, and hopefully, with more time, rest, and fluids, she'll be over this bug soon. In the meantime, I seem to have caught it from her -- nothing like having a sick kid when you're sick yourself!