Bad news - Piper is.
Ugh. That's how I feel about it. She was acting sort of fussy on Monday, but didn't have a fever and had no stomach issues or congestion, etc. At bedtime, though, I took her temperature again and it was high - 103.7. I gave her Tylenol, put her to bed, texted my good friend who is a nurse, and Googled. I woke up every few hours and checked her temp and gave her more Tylenol when it was time. Around 2:00am her temperature got up to 105. I'm still not sure why I didn't take her to the ER, except that I don't trust our local hospital and I prayed and felt like I needed to wait.
By Tuesday morning her temp was 101 - not bad considering - but I made her a doctor's appointment anyway. After my grandmother arrived to watch the boys, off we went. By the time we got there, her temperature was 98.6. They first checked her ears, throat, chest, stomach, nose, anything else you can check non-invasively. The doctor said she looked "perfect." So they drew blood, and we waited on results. The doctor explained that even if the white cell count is within normal range, if it's a high normal or a low normal, that can help indicate what's wrong. Her's was dead center normal. So basically after 2 hours in the office, we ruled out an ear infection, pneumonia, meningitis. . . but didn't get a diagnosis. She was inconsolable by this point, so I said I didn't want to do any more tests (which were all a shot in the dark since she had no symptoms other than fever), and just took her home.
|Playing in the doctor's office, before the crying started|
Tuesday night her fever went back up and spiked and fell (with Tylenol) all night. Wednesday (today) she was still fussy, but the fever stayed relatively low during the day, so I let her sleep most of the day. If it keeps spiking tonight, though, I may just take her back to the doctor tomorrow.
I have read about roseola and I'm thinking so far those symptoms seem to fit - starts with a high fever which goes away within 2-5 days, then a rash appears. It's a virus, meaning there's nothing you can do for it, but I just wish I knew if that's what it is. Because what if that's not it and it's something that's an easy fix and I could be helping her somehow right now?
I hate when any of my kids aren't feeling well, but for some reason my little girl having those sick eyes and being in (what seems like) pain all day is breaking my heart in a whole new way.
|Still pretty, even with sick eyes|
Advice and prayers are welcome. :)