Freeform Katia

August 20, 2007

sick baby

Filed under: madeleine — freeformkatia @ 9:29 am

I had great plans to start blogging more regularly starting last week. But, then on Thursday, the sh!t hit the fan and my great plans had to be put on hold.

Baby got sick. She still is sick, but at least we’re at home now.

On Thursday morning I noticed a slight fever, it got worse over the course of the morning, and by the time we got to the pediatrician at lunchtime, she was at 101F. That’s serious with a 3-week old. We were sent to the ER and Miss Madeleine was subjected to a battery of tests (blood, urine, spinal tap) and then she was admitted to the hospital. They hooked her up to the monitors (heart, lung, pulse-ox), and an IV through which she was getting extra fluids as well as 2 different antibiotics and an antiviral — just for good measure. Her fever spiked to 104.5 on Thursday night and stayed elevated most of Friday. By Saturday she had stabilized and was hovering around 100F.

The test results came by by Friday late afternoon and it was discovered that she contracted an enterovirus. Basically it manifests itself with a very high fever and occassional rash. Since it is a virus there’s not much one can do except stay hydrated and treat with Tylenol. So, we were sent home on Saturday evening and are now hanging out here taking Tylenol and trying to nurse as much as possible to keep her hydrated.

In short, it was very scarey. Mostly because at the beginning we didn’t know what we were up against. And, as ya’ll may be aware, I hate the unknown. I’d much rather know exactly what is causing something so that I can deal with it properly.

So, now we’re home and waiting to get back to normal. I’ve bought enough hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial soap to kill every germ in West Philly… Be forewarned, if you come over to my house you WILL be told to wash your hands and instructed to please not touch the baby. No offense intended, but I do not want to end up in the hospital again.

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7 Comments »

  1. I’m glad that you’re home and that she’s on the mend. How stressful and awful. Sending get well vibes (and clean thoughts) your way.

    Comment by Laura — August 20, 2007 @ 9:46 am

  2. Oh Katia, that must have been so scary for you all. I agree, not knowing what you’re up against is often more frustrating than the illness itself.

    I’m glad to hear that you’re back at home now… I hope that Miss Madeleine feels better soon!

    Comment by Emily — August 20, 2007 @ 10:25 am

  3. Yikes, Katia. It must have been wretched. I am so glad that she’s on the mend. Do you think you’re up to a phone call some time soon…?
    all best, Lynette

    Comment by Lynette — August 20, 2007 @ 11:20 am

  4. I’m glad you’re both home again. I know exactly the fear that you were/are going through. It’s awful.

    All our love and happy clean thoughts – The Calgary Crew

    Comment by Kirsten — August 20, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

  5. YIKES! So glad you’re at the other end of the adventure; nice for Madeleine to have the Big Baby Story already in place (“and when YOU were just a few weeks old you scared us to death…”). Every kid seems to have one. Thank goodness everything’s o.k., and I know I’d LOVE to touch your baby, but I’ll wait.

    Comment by Marianne — August 20, 2007 @ 1:39 pm

  6. those were some scary days – and nights! Hope, everything is getting back to some form of ‘normal’soon. Love to all you scrubbed clean people! Mom

    Comment by Mom — August 20, 2007 @ 7:32 pm

  7. It’s hard to think of what’s scarier than a sick baby. I tried to think positive when updates were so absent from this blog! They’ve decided to take a trip, I thought. Hope Madeleine’s recovery is uneventful from here on. Glad you’re all safe at home.

    mr

    Comment by MargaretR — August 21, 2007 @ 1:37 pm


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