Sunday, October 13, 2013

The longest week...

It had been the longest week since last Friday (October 4, 2013), for us. Mama is extremely exhausted from taking care of my baby who had a fever for almost 72hours, then a rash for 3-4 days, and now still not quite a 100% better yet. This was our first real experience of  Lina<3 being sick like that.  Besides having a fever between 101-104 F, there were no other symptoms - no coughing, breathing hard or unusual, no diarrhea, no constipation, and no constant crying. The first fever came when she was five months old, which  was due to immunization shots. And it lasted a day so, and with constant nursing, she was better in no time.

My little Lina<3 vomited all her breakfast and her appetite, after that, was decreasing. All morning, she was very warm to me (not so much to  Daddy or PorPor, so I thought it was just my pregnancy hormones), and her temperature was fine. After seeing the doctor on Friday afternoon, the doctor stated that she had a fever, and the fever will probably last 2-3 days, just watch her closely, and give children's acetaminophen 1tsp. As long as the fever goes down with medicine, she should be okay. The doctor said that as long as she does not seemed sick that I shouldn't worry too much about the temperature number itself. At doctor's office, the staff measured her height and weight on the big scale (where she was able to stand up on it), but it terrified her, and was not a good experience - I could not even take a picture of you being on there.  She will get use to it later on. I would try to explain to her that it was a big girl scale, and I even got on it to show her how it works while holding her. She was still fussy so Mama changed the topic, and tried to make her laughed. Doc gave her some children's acetaminophen, and home we go. Fever was still there but you were still playful, and appetite seemed okay. Friday night was not okay, you were fussy, and did not sleep well. Mama continued to  test her body temperature with a rectum thermometer, and gave more medicine every few hours. Her temperature went up to 104 F and did not displayed any other symptoms. After coming to Mama's bed, and sleeping with me; it was much better for me since I was able to watch, and monitor more closely.

Saturday --->
The fever continued to fluctuate between 102-103 F. Her body felt so hot, and her mood was okay. Mama stayed home from work to monitor her, and she also had Daddy's attention as well. The body temperature was monitor and medicine was given within the time limits; food and liquids were given but unfortunately you did not want to eat much, and only want to drink orange juice - even said "orange juice" for first time; and playtime was okay - ran around, laugh, but mostly want to watch her favorite show. There was some fussiness throughout the day especially when it is to take her temperature and medicine - at first she liked taking the medicine but after the first 24 hours, she realized that she did not like it which made  it harder to administer it. We called the doctor to double check the status of her temperature, and the doctor stated to keep an eye on her, as long as her temperature goes down with the medicine, she should be okay in a 2-3 days especially since she is not displaying any other symptoms. She slept about a couple hours throughout the day, always with Mama next to you. Her diapers were still full even though you did not drink enough liquids, which was good and she was not dehydrated. There was no poop for the day. Overnight was scary because she felt so hot to the touch and her temperature was rising a little. With some more medicine given within the time limits, her body temperature seemed to be getting a tad bit better.

All she wanted to do was sleep, wake up, drink some orange juice, eat crackers and back into Mama bed for sleepy time.  She was tired looking today, lack of energy. Her temperature went up and down between 102-103 F still no other symptoms relating to high fever. Mama did not always sleep with her little baby in the afternoon because Mama moves around a lot in the bed, and that disturbs her. With that, she had slept longer. Mama made soup and congee but she did not eat more than a two spoonful. Her afternoon was was from 5-11:30pm, LOL, such a big change in her sleeping routines.
The night was okay, tested temperature every few hours. It was a good thing that you slept the night with Mama again.

Monday and Tuesday-->
Mama's days off from work and got to spent a lot of time with you. On Monday, her body temperature dropped below 100 F, which was great news, and it stayed that way for the rest of the day. She was very clingy, wanted to be held all the time (which was hard being 8+ months pregnant and having to carry you most of the day), was very whiny, cried a lot, and fussed a lot. Mama felt so helpless because I just did not know what she wanted from me. She points, cried, whined, fussed, and got frustrated trying to tell me what she wanted. Finally made poop after three days. After the fever, I noticed some red bumps that were raised on her forehead, the side of her cheeks, and behind her ears, which I though was heat rashes but she did not scratch (usually heat rashes are itchy). I gave her some antihistamine and used a tiny bit of hydrocortizone cream, (just in case she was itchy). Still was not eating well. Mama did not realized how exhausting Monday was until it was time for Mama's doctor's apportionment which I ended up going to alone, while Daddy took care of you. Last night sleeping Mama's bed.
On Tuesday, continue to monitored the rash, which now is all over her body, back, arms, and thighs. It looked terrible. The more she cried and fussed, the more inflamed it looked. Tuesday, she was even harder to please. There was a lot of crying when she did not get what she wanted. She did not eat much during the day but for dinner she had congee and eat it well. She had a tough night, and did not want to sleep in her own crib after waking up in the middle of the night, so into Mama's bed you went, and slept for the rest of night.

Mama went back to work, and she went to PorPor. I fell uneasy leaving her because I just want to be with her since she is not 100% better yet. She was still not eating well during the day, and still fussy. The redness bumps on her body, face, arms, and back seemed to have lessen. Mama called the doctor to ask her about it but the doctor was unavailable so I made an appointment for the next day. Daddy had asked around about the red bumps, and one of your cousins had the same thing after having a fever with no symptoms and their doctor told them it was roseola. She ate well at dinner.

PorPor said that she was less clingy, more playful, and energetic. The rash seemed to have lessen a lot. The doctor confirmed it, it was roseola. She was also back to herself. I am so glad. You are eating better. Slept through the night :) in her own bed.

Ate well, played well, and slept well. Almost 100% better.

Saturday and Sunday-->
She was in the capable hands of Daddy. Daddy said she was much better - playful, eating well, slept well, laughing, smiling and giggling.

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