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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sleepless Night and an Ear Infection

Gabbi has had a fever since Sunday. It has not been outrageously high. It peaked around 101. I gave her some Motrin to keep it down for two reasons. One, she felt terrible when the fever was up and two, my daughter Mikayla has a history of getting super high temps (104) that were hard to control. I always fear that happening with my other daughters though it never really has.

Regardless, when my kids are sick I tend to stay near them. I want to make sure if they need me I am close by. At least when they are babies. When they get older they can come get me. So last night I decided to sleep with Gabbi since she was feeling so miserable. Her fever hit it's peak. I had been waiting for it to get better on it's own but it just wasn't. So I decided if it came back today I would take her in to see the pediatrician. More on that in a moment.

I made up a bed on the floor in our living room. I laid out blankets and pillows and popped in Gabbi's favorite movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks and we settled in. She had more problems with her reflux. That was most likely because I was giving her more fluids due to the fact that she was sick, and also when she runs a fever it seems like that does happen. I finally drifted off into an uncomfortable sleep around 3:30 a.m. and I was up with her at 6 a.m. She woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed. She was happy and ready to go. Then around 8 a.m. she crashed. She fell asleep and slept until 11 a.m. Her fever was still gone and she seemed ok. Then at noon it began to creep up again. She seemed to be feeling much worse and just grumpy and unhappy. I had seen her pull on her right ear a couple of times, but nothing major.

I decided to take her into to see the doc. He saw her right ear, said it was infected and prescribed us Zithromax (sp). I have no clue if that is how you spell it. I just know that's how I pronounce it. haha Anyway she'll be on that for 5 days. I realized something. She has NEVER been on antibiotic before. She is 18 months. This is her first infection. She has not used anything other than Zantac and some fever reducers. Her only problems really have been her milk allergy and reflux. I am glad to have an answer and even more glad that I took her in! She probably would have been in excruciating pain if I had waited. She seems content right now. And she also doesn't feel warm which is an added bonus.

Here's to hoping we all get a good nights sleep with NO fever!! Most importantly no pain for her. I hate seeing my baby girl hurt.


Michelle said...

awww..sorry your little girl is sick, but glad to hear she is feeling better

Sandee said...

I'm glad you took her in and that she's feeling better already. Hopefully the both of you will get a good nights sleep. I've got my fingers crossed for you both.

Have a terrific day. :)

2morrowKnight's Awesome Blog said...

I am happy I ran across your blog.

Jude said...

Our granddaughter is prone to ear infections and is a miserable little creature when they hit her. Glad she is feeling better now and hope you all get some rest.

Sherri said...

Wow..that is amazing that she has been so lucky to not have any infections so far. I hope she is feeling better very soon.

Lulu said...

i remember the ear infection days of my girl... after ear tube surgery no more ear infection for her... i hope your baby will feel better... tc

Valentine Activities, Crafts Valentine, said...

I am so glad to hear that the little girl is feeling better now. That was the moved that you took her to the hospital and have a checked.

I am so happy that she's fine now.

Hopefully that you and your baby will have a good day and a good night sleep.

Best of luck!