Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fever Ridden

It is the middle of the night, or half way through the middle of the night, and I am waiting for Katie to fall back asleep. I get a little ornery when I just fall back asleep only to be immediately awakened by her. So I thought it would be better to wait a half hour or so before hitting the hay.

Why are we up in the middle of the night? I hear you ask. Fever. Not just any fever but one that registered 103.2 on the ear thermometer. I had already given her some Motrin and was waiting to see if it would kick in. When I took her temperature again and got that number I just whispered, "Would you like to take a bath?" Up came my sweet little girl and away we went to cool down.

Like the other two kids, whenever I have had to pull them out of bed due to higher temperatures that are making me nervous, she enjoys and is a doll when taking middle of the night baths. She was all smiles and played for about a half hour in the water. You would never have known it was 2 am or that she had a raging fever. What a blessing that they have all taken this abuse from me with a smile!

This has been a battle in our house for 12 days and counting. It was 12 days ago Katie started getting fevers and diarrhea. Her fevers stopped within a few days, but not the diarrhea. Two days later Isaiah threw-up, just the one time, and then his fevers went off and on for 5 days. The diarrhea still ongoing. We went to the doctor on Thursday and all was fine. No fevers. No red ears. No temperatures. Just diarrhea. She said with this stomach bug that it seems to last a week and then take a week for their little bodies to recoup.

Well, here we are just a few short days later and Katie and Kiersten (always the last child to fall sick- definitely has the strongest immunity system of all 3) broke out in fevers. What is going on? Time will tell. So tomorrow, for the second week in a row, the kids will stay home from church.

We are hoping this all passes within the next few days as we are set to take an out-of-state road trip at the end of the week. Diarrhea and long car trips do not make for a nice combination. Would you pray with me that this bugs passes? And if you have any advice or helpful tips, please, do tell!


Margie said...

Oh Jess, we have been through this before too. No advice really except hang in there. I just disinfect everything as we go. I am not sure that does anything but make me feel better but I do it anyway. Other than that we always do the BRAT diet. Bananas, rice, apples and toast. No dairy which is the big problem with small ones. Hang in there and I will try to do better about giving you a call this week.

momma's heart said...

We had a bad stomach flu once. It took two-three weeks before the kids could eat anything greasy. They would be fine for five days or so and all seemed well. On the way to AWANA we were rushed and had to get fast food. Even after all that time being well, they couldn't take the grease. They threw up several hours later. They could do peanut butter, but that was about the fattiest thing I could serve.

I'll start the prayer now!

I second the BRAT diet for the runs.

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