Our Night at the Emergency Room

Monday, October 26, 2009

Shew...what a weekend. We ended up spending most of our weekend at home with a sick Tiny, a sick H1N1 Tiny.

I got home about 6:00PM on Friday to a fussy and really warm baby. So we went upstairs for a diaper change and temperature check and after a clean diaper and a reading of 101.4, we were off to the emergency room. Emma's pediatrician has always said that any temperature over 100.4 means a trip to the hospital if its on a weekend. So off we went! In the car ride over, I think Wes and I were both so freaked out we didn't know what to do or say. I almost felt guilty on the way over because we were kind of joking around and talking about our experience so far with P90X. Although I realized what was happening at a stoplight where I was so nervous and scared that I almost got sick.

As soon as we walked into the ER we wanted to just hold our breath from the number of folks walking around with masks on. Luckily, we didn't have to wait too long and Tiny had fallen asleep (and seemed cooler) so within maybe 30 minutes we were in the Pediatrics department waiting for the doctor. The nurse came in, checked Emma out, and then we were waiting for the doctor which didn't take long. She was amazing! She was exactly what you expect a pediatrician to be like, bubbly, great with kids, funny and knows that the parents are pretty freaked out and knows how to calm them. She kept calling Emma "doodle" or "doodle bug" and was so nice and calmed us down a lot. She diagnosed Emma as having H1N1. Yikes! We have been doing okay though and taking it easy this weekend although we just can't seem to get rid of that fever. She was put on Tamiflu, twice a day for 5 days and has been on Infant Tylenol to keep her fever down. It basically has been ranging anywhere from 99 degrees to 101 degrees all weekend and continues to be the same today.

Emma had her 4 month appointment scheduled for tomorrow morning but since she has a fever, they won't be able to give her shots, so we rescheduled for next week. So we are just now in a holding pattern until the fever finally disappears but sounds like we will be at home for most of the week.

Its times like this though that I tend to stop and thank God for bringing Emma into our lives. She is such a good baby, that even with a fever of 101, miserable with the H1N1 virus, she still manages to give us lots of smiles and laughs. Of course the majority of them come after a does of Tylenol or Tamiflu and a bottle. Ha!

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