I knew yesterday wasn’t going to be fun when Ben woke up crying. Something he hardly ever does. Sure enough, an hour after getting up, he had a fever. It reached 102.4 at it’s highest in the afternoon. But after a cool bath and more Motrin, it came down to 99.6.
I called UCSF in the morning even though I knew what they were going to tell me- to just watch him and if anything changes to call. Luckily, nothing respiratory was affected so we don’t need to do any extra treatments or antibiotics. Respiratory issues would also be cause for concern and may require a trip to UCSF. His energy level was low and was managing to eat a bit so I knew there was nothing any doctor could do for us. Our NP made a note in Ben’s file and I’m sure she’ll call us for a follow up today.
We had a quiet day, playing with trains and watching movies. Mr. B went to bed an hour early and slept over 12 hours. Luckily, it looks like he’s doing better this morning. A lighter fever that went down after Motrin. Our NP thinks it was viral, something he could have picked up at playgroup, Gymboree or the grocery store. It doesn’t matter to me where he got it, we aren’t going to stop doing any of those things. The other mom’s in our play group know of our situation and are extremely comfortable with it and would never bring their children around Ben sick. They always call me ahead of time to let me know if there is something I should be aware of. Gymboree is a place for him to socialize and get out his energy and I wouldn’t stop going there either.
It is always physically exhausting when Ben is sick because I go into disinfection mode. I boil all his paci’s, change his bedding, wash the stuffed animals he sleeps with, disinfect ALL his toys, wipe down the surfaces in the family room with Clorox wipes, vacuum and boil or clean any nebs or spacers that need it. I hope this helps him get over whatever he has quickly. In fact, we both went to bed early last night!
Let’s hope that Ben continues to improve through today. He already seems to be turning a corner and I’m thankful for that.