Thursday, October 18, 2012

First Emergency Room Visit

Well, yesterday was definitely an eventful one for the Z family!

Harry woke up around 8am screaming. His morning bottle calmed him down but he just wasn't acting like himself. Usually he's super happy and goofy in the mornings but he took a very early nap and was just sitting around instead of playing. I took his temperature around 10:30 and it was over 100 degrees. My poor baby! I gave him a dose of Tylenol to help bring the fever down but by 1:30 it was around 101 so I called Harry's doctor and the nurse instructed us to come in to get checked out.

Of course by the time we got to the doctor's office he was acting more like himself and his fever was down to 99.something. Harry got tested for strep, which was negative, but the doctor did suspect some type of virus. He instructed me to keep an eye on his temperature and to call them again if his fever got above 102.

When we got home I gave him another dose of Tylenol and he seemed to be getting back to his old self. He ate all of his lunch and was playing with me a little. A little after 7pm we started getting him ready for bed. I made his bottle and got one more dose of Tylenol ready. As I was changing him, Harry threw up. I'll save you the details, but it wasn't normal looking so we put a call into the doctor's office. His temperature was at 101.6 so the on-call doctor told us to head to the emergency room.

We went to a pediatric ER and the staff was awesome. All the nurses and doctors were so friendly and knew a bunch of little tricks to get Harry to do what they needed from him. Although no trick could get Harry to drink a bottle of Pedialyte! His temperature was 102 at the hospital. We didn't learn anything new at the ER but they reassured us it doesn't appear to be anything serious since he was again, acting fine, and he hadn't thrown up too much. Harry received a dose of Motrin at the hospital, which I guess is harsher on little tummies but is a better fever reducer than Tylenol.

We didn't get home until late and Harry went right to sleep, it was a very stressful day for the poor kid!


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