|She snuggled on my lap until about ten minutes|
after the shot. Then she sat up and colored for a few
minutes before heading over to check out the sink...
Usually 12 o'clock is a scramble of noises and demands for lunch, as I shuffle people into their seats and try to make sure everyone has had something to eat.
For the past hour and a half though, the house has been totally silent. I've been sitting at my sewing machine, listening, waiting for them to wake up.
It started last night when Mae got home from OT. Everyone still seemed healthy and cheerful. Then Mae let us all know she needed to go up to her room and when I checked on her a few minutes later I found her fast asleep.
Fast forward to Sadie's bedtime. I went to check on Mae and found her burning up in her bed. A quick check of her temperature showed it was back up over 100 again. And for the first time since she came down with whatever bug she's been battling for the last roughly eight weeks, I felt seriously worried.
This all started when Mae got mildly sick sometime towards the beginning of April. It wasn't bad. It was really mostly a cold, that sometimes seemed mildly like the flu. The symptoms would change and rotate, but the only thing that was worrisome was how it dragged on and on. Even then though I wasn't too worried... after all, colds can last for a while.
After three weeks her fever started to climb and she was truly miserable. We got her in to see the doctor who gave her nine days of antibiotics and declared that she had an ear infection. After a day of the antibiotics she seemed to be completely better. She was bright eyed and bushy tailed and raced around the house giggling.
On day eight the fever returned and spiked up to 103.4. We battled it all night as it kept going back up when the motrin wore off and took her to see her doctor in the morning. The ear infection was back. They gave her a shot of Amoxycilin and said that it would wipe out everything and that she should be fine. She came home and slept for about 16 hours and woke up laughing and happy again without a fever. I was hugely relieved.
A week ago she went in for a follow up and got a clean bill of health.
Then we got home from her therapy appointment yesterday and the temperature came back... and that's when I start to worry. You see, she hasn't been a kid that gets ear infection all the time. She hasn't had one in almost three years. Sadie has had dozens, but Mae, with the exception of her tummy troubles, is pretty healthy. So the fact that she has had a fever for most of the last eight weeks has me worried. I know that she's getting ear infections but I want to know if there's something causing them... because it seems to me odd that they're coming on so suddenly (when they were little I understood that it was a structural thing as the shape of their ears developed, but that around 18 months they tended to stop... at least for our little ones so far).
This morning she wouldn't get out of bed. She was burning up. I took her temperature and it was just below 103 again. She took my hand and put it on her chest to show me that her heart was racing. Her little breaths sounded raspy and she lay perfectly still, clinging to my hand.
And that is when I took her to the ER. With her little heart beat pounding against my hand I wasn't about to wait hours for her doctors office to open...
We went in. There was no one in the ER and no one in the pediatrics ER. They took us straight to a room. They looked at her ears and told me that sure enough she had a double ear infection and fever. I asked if they couldn't do some more tests just to rule out any underlying causes that might make her ill for two months even after the antibiotic shots. They said it wasn't necessary and gave her a shot of lidocaine (because apparently the new antibiotic burns) and Rocephin and told me to take her to her doctor for a second shot and then back again on Saturday for a third shot, and to bring her back to the ER if her doctor couldn't do it.
So tomorrow we go to see her doctor, bright and early, for shot #2. And I'm hoping that they might order a few more tests, even if it's just to humor a worrying mama who's wondering why her daughter has been sleeping 14-16 hours a night and has a fever that just won't quit...
Prayers for wisdom for the doctors and for Mae's health are greatly appreciated.
And for the other little ones as well since Patch and Sadie both just took hour and a half naps (Patch's second nap of the day before noon) so I suspect another bug has hit the entire house...