Under the Weather

We've had a sick little boy at our house since last Friday night.

Isaac spiked a fever Friday night, so we treated him with a fever reducer.  But Saturday evening, we allowed the medicine to wear off, and his fever hit an absolutely frightening 104.4*.

He had ibuprofen in his system for about 30 minutes when we took his temperature, so we immediately gave him acetomenaphine as well.  After waiting about 20 minutes more, his temperature had not come down at all.

Needless to say, we rushed him immediately to the emergency room.

The staff did every test imaginable:  flu test, strep test, urine test, blood gases, blood cultures, all the basic levels, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and of course his temp.

It took about 2 hours for his temp to come down under 101*.  Poor baby was so miserable that he actually slept through most of our stay in the ER, and he didn't even cry through all the blood sticks or the cath they had to do to get a urine sample.

The ER doctor's final diagnosis was something "viral", since all tests came back normal/negative.

While we were there, Ike started coughing up phlegm and so the doctor ordered i.v. antibiotics, since he was already hooked up to a saline drip.  Then gave us another antibiotic to get filled on the way home.

She also prescribed asthma treatments every 4 hours for his cough.  We don't quite keep to that schedule.  We allow his cough and his breathing to dictate his treatments.  After all these years, we know what we're doing, and we prefer to give as few treatments as possible.

We took him to see his pediatrician yesterday, and he also diagnosed an ear infection and gave us medicated ear drops.

We thought that his fever was gone by this morning.  We had kept him on ibuporfen since Friday, and prefer to let it wear off on day #4 or so.  However, this morning, after about 4 hours with no fever reducer in his system, his temp jumped back up to 101.7*!

So, back on more meds, poor baby!  He slept some this morning and now Mrs. Julie is here to see that he stays comfortable the rest of the afternoon.  He is very lethargic and more than happy to listen to his "hallelujah" videos today.

If you could pray for Isaac today, I would really appreciate it.

Thank you.  It really means a lot.



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