Monday, July 25, 2011

Stupid Fever!

This weekend I had a babysitter all lined up and Grant and I were ready for a date night out. Grant and I wanted to go to a dinner and a movie. We haven't seen a movie since I was pregnant. Saturday morning Jake was fine, we went to breakfast, ran a few errands, and then at about 11am he just started crying in the car. Jake doesn't cry a whole lot, so it worried us. I climbed in the back of our SUV (while G was stopped of course), and sat next to my little guy. He calmed down, but he was still really upset. He whimpered the majority of the way home, so when we walked in the house we put him in his crib for a nap.

He woke up an hour later and I went in to get him. He was on FIRE! He was really hot. Jake already runs a little warm, but this was clearly different. I knew at that point that something was off. I called our babysitter and canceled. There was no way I was leaving if the little guy wasn't feeling good. Grant agreed. We would have been thinking about Jake the entire time. Grant and I made it a night in with our little monkey. Brought dinner in and rented a movie. And to be honest, that is just as nice!

We put him down to sleep at his normal time and I gave him some acetaminophen. A few hours later I went in to check on him. He was super hot. My motherly instincts kicked in. I grabbed him and took his temp. The ear thermometer was at 102.2. Usually the ear thermometer isn't accurate and I knew it was higher than that. So, I used my other thermometer... His temp was 104! I immediately called our doctor. I was told to also give him Ibuprofen. I didn't have any so I had Grant hold the baby and I went to a 24 hour pharmacy. When I got home I gave it to him. I put him back down about 45 minutes later and checked on him soon after. He was better! Thank God. I was praying like crazy.

The next day he was off. Still happy Jake, but a little fussy. Fever continued through the day, so I continued with the medicine. Last night I had Grant put the pack and play in our room so I could literally watch him sleep. Yes, I am that mom. AND I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYONE THINKS! It's also a lot cooler in our room too. I knew that would also help. But, the same thing happened last night. Total spike in temperature. I had the Ibuprofen ready though. He was pretty warm through the night even with the medicine. He was talking in his sleep and tossing and turning. Poor thing. I of course didn't sleep.

This morning I took him to the doctor. He has a virus. Something you can't take medicine for. The virus just has to run it's course. I feel so relieved I went today. They checked everything to make sure there wasn't an infection anywhere. So, now we wait. The virus is typically a 5 day thing. I think I'll put him in his room tonight, but still check on him. Poor little guy.

Thank you to all my family and friends that have been calling about Jake's health. I really appreciate it! It's hard having my momma far, so knowing I have such wonderful people around me that I can count on is wonderful.

This is the first of many little viruses he will get. Scary, but true!



  1. I can imagine how scared you were with a 104 degree temperature. When Addison had a fever it was 101 at the highest and I gave her a fever reducer, but when I called the doctor the next morning, they told me that when it's 101 or under, you don't want to get rid of it because that's the bodies way of fighting the virus. But anything over that means it hasn't started fighting it. I would have had Addison in our room as well if her fever were that high. I think you definitely did the right thing. There's nothing worse than a sick baby!

  2. I can understand your fear and what a good momma you are! I always was super alert when both my kids were that tiny! My daughter ran a fever when she was 10 months of almost 104.5 and it turned out to be pneumonia! She is now a bright and beautiful 16 year old!

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