The past week has been a doozy for sure. It all started last Friday. Coop’s teeth were bothering him, I knew because he was covered in drool and wouldn’t eat much, and he was running a low temp (99). I dropped him off at my mom’s house and went to work. He was at 101 by bedtime, so I gave him some Advil and we went to sleep.
The next day, Saturday, his fever was on the rise and he was an all around grump. Nothing made him happy besides being curled up in my lap and we were steadily rotating Advil and Tylenol to keep the fever at bay. Corey was playing a show that night and left around 6pm. I’d just given Coop his next dose of Tylenol and when I went to check his temperature again 30 minutes later, my heart dropped when the thermometer read 104.1
I went into full on freak-out mode. I threw a whole bunch of crap in my purse and was frantically trying to get dressed while calling Corey at the same time. He was already on his way to West Palm and agreed I needed to go to the hospital. Thankfully, I called my mom next and she was on her way home from dinner and was going to meet us at the hospital.
They took his temperature and it was already starting to go back down, but they still had to do all the necessary weight/BP/heart rate and Cooper was PISSED. He worked himself up so much that he started heaving and threw up right in my hands. Luckily the nurse was quick with the bucket to catch the rest, but my eyes immediately welled up at the sight of him so upset.
The doctor checked him out and said his throat looked fine, ears fine, lungs fine. Must be viral. Again. This marks the FOURTH 103+ fever he’s had in the last 4 MONTHS (although this is the first it’s ever reached 104)! It’s been just about every 4 weeks like clockwork. It has been a slight ear infection twice and now viral twice. All the doctor’s can tell me is that it when babies are teething their immune system drops a bit and he’s picking something up each time and that some kids just get really high fevers. The ER doctor told me to try not to worry about the number (easier said than done) and to only bring him to the ER for a fever if he also seems out of it or is having trouble breathing.
I just don’t understand it. He eats his vitamin daily, eats almost all organic, no junk food, lots of hand sanitizer. You know the whole first kid routine. Parenting is wild. They ended up just sending us home with instructions to basically keep on keepin’ on and that was that. The next two days were more of the same (but nothing THAT high again) and by Tuesday he was back to his normal happy self.
And then Wednesday I woke up with the absolute WORST sore throat. Thanks, kid. And today I spent most of this morning kneeling in front of the toilet (TMI?). Cooper heard me in the bathroom, ran in and stood next to me. I was afraid I scared him but he just touched the side of my face so softly and said “oh Mimi” (he can say Mama but never calls me it anymore) and put his little arm around my shoulder. It was so incredibly sweet. Then he laid on the couch and napped with me for over an hour at 9am. And he never, ever, does that.
Hopefully, once those 2 year molars finally come we’ll be done all these constant fevers When I thought about what it would be like to be a parent, I consider things like sleeping on the couch for 4 nights in a row so a cranky toddler can binge watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or spending my Saturday night in the ER (for the SECOND time), but being his source of comfort is something I would never trade. That being said, I could most definitely go a long while without having to do this again!