Sunday, May 18, 2008

This is my life

"Here it Goes Again" by OkGo

Except without all the dancing and coordination. But absolutely on the treadmill action. Last Thursday we began our latest round with the baby's recurring Fever of Unknown Origin (insert booming voice for emphasis).

At least every 6 months, she has had a 4-6 day bout of 105 degree fevers and the only other symptoms are slightly swollen lymph glands and sometimes stomach pain or a clear, runny nose. When she gets so hot, all she wants to do is drink lots of water. If we're not careful it ends up all on the floor or all over us. The fever usually comes down with some Motrin and Tylenol, but as soon as it wears off, her temperature is right back up there, pegging the thermometer at 105 or higher.

The first couple times this happened, we ran her to the ER - but even they were left scratching their heads (I don't know about you, but I think $75 is an expensive scratch). Now, we stock up on pain relievers, hold her, try using cool cloths on her, keep a puke bucket nearby and a blanket on the floor, and basically know it's almost over once she can sleep through the night again. Poor thing!

I'm a bit tired of getting the "It must be a virus" line and having to watch her suffer - Answers! I want answers. But all I'm going to say about that is that Google? It can be a horrible, great thing.


Anonymous said...

That is so hard. I hate to see my kids suffer, especially when there is nothing I can do. I hope you can figure it out!

Elizabeth-W said...

I think we can rule out familial Mediterranean fever...
Good night nurse! I never knew there was such as thing as a cyclical fever. That's so aggravating. I hope you get some answers soon.

Mrs. Organic said...

Who knew that 3:30am during a full moon could be so beautiful?

I think it is called the "we don't do anything normal in this household" disease. I'm just glad that she should be over it by the time we go on our trip.