fire baby

Noah slept poorly on Monday night- I wasn’t sure if he was teething again, or if the carrots were upsetting his stomach, because he had trouble with them the first time I tried, a couple of months ago.  So I gave him a little Tylenol in case it was his teeth, he played in his bath, and we popped off to story time at the library.  After having a great time at story time, he fell asleep on the way home and napped outside while I did a bit of yardwork.  When he woke up, he was burning up.  He was running a fever of 103.3, and probably had been beginning to get sick overnight, too.

Of course, we went to the doctor.  The earliest appointment they had was at 6:15, so we actually got to wait for Dave to come home and drive us, instead of having to walk for 30 minutes in the 90 degree, very humid weather.  This was much much better for me, and I assume for my feverish baby, as well.  So we lay low inside and turned on the air conditioning.

The doctor said she had been seeing an unusual number of relatively asymptomatic fevers this summer, so it could well be he caught that.  But because of his UTI history, she (and we) thought he should be tested.  The poor boy had to get catheterized twice, because the first time they couldn’t find any sample, so we sat around and nursed him, and they tried again in half an hour.  The nurse could still only get a couple of mL, but that was just barely enough to do the culture.  The results should come late today or Friday morning.  Also, while I had Noah’s shirt off, we found a deer tick in him.  Our doctor said that the chance of contracting Lyme’s disease is only 1 in 50, even if the tick was infected, but I was really upset about it.  I’m sure it was when I had him playing on the grass while I picked blueberries, so no more of that.  It was 8pm when we finally left.

Since then, I’ve been keeping Noah on Tylenol every few hours.  He’s miserable- he can’t stand to have me not holding him, but he’s also so hot that I feel awful keeping him pressed against me, and in his carrier.  It’s amazing how hot his little body feels, even though it’s just a few degrees difference.  Even inside his mouth feels hot- it’s like he’s a fire imp. 

He’s also exhausted- he cries if I put him down, so his only naps have been in the Ergo or on my lap.  He barely sleeps at night.  We’ve spent the last two nights on a mattress on the floor in his room, and he’s waking up and crawling around groggily all night, trying to nurse or snuggle.  As well as the major wake-ups, where it takes so long to get him back to sleep that I’m up by then.  We’re both really tired.

Noah’s fever broke for a few hours this morning, and his temp is up a bit again this afternoon, but he’s definitely doing better now.



  1. Eileen said,

    July 30, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Awww… Poor Noah. Poor Heather & Dave too. Having a fever in hot weather can’t be fun for any of you. I hope he feels better soon.

  2. Mom said,

    July 31, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Maybe you could see if he would drink a little water when he’s so hot and feverish. Hope he’s pretty well over it now. Little ones get sick fast but they get well again fast too.

  3. Jennifer said,

    July 31, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Aw… poor sweetie pie. I hate being sick and feverish, and the first time is probobly was worse than the hundredth. I hope he feels better soon.

  4. Jennifer said,

    August 4, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I keep hitting refresh, but still no updates. 😦

    Until you post otherwise, I’m going to assume that Noah got better (yay!), but then he was kidnapped by a roving pack of velociraptors (boo!), and you’re too busy to post because you’re out with Patina trying to track them down. I hope you find him soon… but be prepared, velociraptor puke is just as disgusting to pry out of baby hands as hairballs are. Trust me.

    • Eileen said,

      August 5, 2009 at 12:39 am

      And when was Jen kidnapped by velociraptors to know what their puke is like? Or do the velociraptors still have the real Jen, and you are a secret raptor agent?

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