Tuesday, December 6, 2011
We've had a rough week around these parts. As I mentioned yesterday, Nora was cranky (due to teething) for the better part of last week. We had a bit of a reprieve over the weekend, but noticed that her appetite was decreasing. Otherwise, she seemed fine, so we attributed that to teething, too.
I took her temperature as soon as we got in, and it was already 103 degrees, which happened to be her highest ever. Gave her ibuprofen and she perked up as the fever dropped to between 101-102. We put her to bed as normal.
The temper tantrums at every little thing that I described in this post? Imagine that kind of crying and screaming for AN HOUR, nonstop. She was NOT happy, regardless of what I did. Except this time I felt terrible about it because I knew she was not feeling well. I gave her more acetaminophen. I rubbed Orajel on her gums. I offered her food. I offered her milk. I turned on a movie. I tried to play. I tried just holding her. She was not having any of it. I very nearly ended up crying with her--several times. I just felt so helpless.
But after an hour of constant screaming, I sort of threw in the towel. Given her not-nearly-long-enough nap, I figured she was still exhausted, and took her back upstairs and put her in her crib. I had to endure 10 more minutes of the miserable crying, but then... silence. She passed out, and slept 2+ hours, at which point I had to wake her up to take her to her doctor's appointment.
She was in a great mood when we got home from the doctor, and played with me for quite a while. But by the time Michael got home from work, she was starting to crash again. And sure enough, her temperature just so happened to be creeping up at the same time. Her fever spiked back up to 102 degrees and I gave her ibuprofen AGAIN. She's in bed sleeping now, but now we're faced with what to do about tomorrow. Do we keep her home again? We probably should, since she's had another fever. But her temperature was fine ALL DAY. And the doctor said she could have a fever for up to five days with a virus. *sigh*
Ah, the dilemmas of two full-time working parents.
In the end, all I want is for my girl to feel better. :(