We took babies first trip to the ER last night. Yes, we took photos, but they are on Derek’s phone so I can’t post them yet.
The boy has been running a bit of a temperature the past few days. Tuesday it was 100. Wednesday also around 100. We went to the pediatrician Wednesday afternoon because we read on Dr. Internets that Tylenol can have a drug interaction with the TB medicine he is taking. Boy also has a hacking cough and he wasn’t drinking many fluids. The nurse said to bring him in. Doc said it was just a virus. Gave us a script for eye drops because he had gunk coming out of his eyes and sent us home. He was up at around midnight with a fever right around 103 Wednesday night. We got some Motrin in him and got him back to sleep. Thursday he ran a temperature around 102 all day. Drinking liquids in small doses and real lethargic. We gave him a cool bath and he passed out while I read The Lorax. About 20 minutes after we put him in bed he was up crying. Fever 104-105. Off to the ER!
Now our local hospital happens to be the County General. It shares an ER with Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. Only one of the best children’s hospital in the state. So we have to endure the waiting room at the regional hospital to see the good docs. I have to say that the waiting room there rivals that of the local social security office. And why in God’s name do Samoan women run in packs? There were 6 Samoan chicks in the waiting room and I am sure that only one of them may have been sick. There were women with teenage kids who I don’t think were more than teenagers themselves. And there was definitely at least one crack ho if not more.
3 hours later we were sent home. Boy has a virus. Same thing his pediatrician told us two days ago. They gave him some Motrin. Took a “just in case” chest x-ray, because of that whole TB thing, and jammed a q-tip down my child’s throat to rule out strep. Fun times!
While we were waiting the boy fell asleep in my arms. When the kid sleeps he sleeps like the dead. But for some reason something startled him and he woke up. Then the crying. We calmed him down, all was fine. By the time we got home the power nap was evidently enough for him because when we walked in the door he said, “play toys.” Um no. It’s 1:00 in the morning. You are going to bed. Of course he was up again at 3:30.
Did any of that make sense. I’ve barely slept.
This whole experience has taught me something. When you have a biological child (or get a brand new baby) there are lots of resources on what to do in the event of… Baby has a fever, pull out some magical parenting book and it will tell you at what point the illness is an emergency. When you become the parent to a toddler there is no such book. There are 8′ of books on parenting an infant. There are like 2 whole books on parenting a toddler. That being said I took it upon myself to create at handy flow chart for those in my same situation*. This is along the lines of the Snot Color Analysis Chart.
*This chart was not written by a medical professional. Some information may not be accurate. Use as a rough guide only. Users may not hold the author or anyone associated with the author responsible for any mishaps in parenting you may encounter because of use of said flow chart.