Growing a Critter

We’re growing him on the outside now

Sickie February 18, 2008

Filed under: health — crittermama @ 8:26 pm
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Poor little critter. We’ve both been sick for more than a week now, but he’s had a rougher time of it recently. On Saturday, he got his first fever, and while Dave was on the phone with the doctor, the Critter coughed. The doctor said it sounded pretty bad, and advised us to go to the ER to get tested for RSV. The test came back negative, but they did give him an albuterol inhaler and a nebulizer breathing treatment while we were there. He was so unhappy all day on Saturday, but was a bit more cheerful after a long nap.

To make matters worse, before he got feverish, on Friday night, I followed the advice of his GI specialist and “challenged” his dairy sensitivity. I had cheese! And I was surprised to discover that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. What I did enjoy was the chocolate chip cookie I had on Saturday (after I waited for a messy diaper to see if there was any blood). The ER docs said that dairy didn’t have anything to do with his symptoms. However, later in the day, we discovered a big bad rash on the Critter’s back. So, no more dairy after that.

On Sunday, he vomited a lot several times, which worried me. We called the doctor again, and she advised us that babies can vomit if they cough really hard and gag themselves. She also said to bring him in today. I had the day off, but Dave didn’t, so I took him in. He had a fever of 99 (and that’s after Tylenol), and the big news is that he has ear infections in both ears. Both! Poor baby. The doctor said that normal eardrums are smooth and grey, like wax paper. His eardrums reportedly looked “like raw chicken.” Poor little guy! To make matters worse, the doctor tested his messy diaper and it tested positive for blood. So no more dairy for me for a while.

So he’s now on the following medications: amoxicillin twice a day, albuterol inhaler every 4-6 hours and tylenol every 4-6 hours. He’s had some happy moments today, but has also had some really fussy, upset moments. Dave’s staying home tomorrow, and I’ll stay home Wednesday. If need be, Dave will stay home on Thursday and we’ll take it as it comes after that.

The little guy’s going to be fine, but it’s kind of rough for him right now. We’ll keep you posted on developments. To end on a happy note, here’s the little one enjoying his feet.

portrait of a critter and his feet

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6 Responses to “Sickie”

  1. So sorry to hear about all of this. Glad to hear that there is a plan in place to speed recovery. We’re hoping that goes well.

    Thinking of y’all.

  2. Melisa Says:

    Poor little critter! Hope everything is on the up and up. Even though there was a lot of stuff going on, did you at least really enjoy your cookie?

  3. Heather Says:

    Sorry to hear Noah’s sick – it’s so hard to watch your child suffer. MC had to go on the inhaler AND prednisone right before Christmas for a bad respiratory infection. Hang in there yourself my dear! Sorry the daring dairy ingestion didn’t work out…

  4. Jennifer Says:

    Oh, man. Y’all have had a rough time recently! I am so sorry. We’ve had some weeks like that. I think it was around New Year’s 2007, that we had our bad brush with RSV and other assorted illnesses. And there was a period this past fall when I was giving some sort of antibiotic, oral steroid, or asthma treatment just about every hour of the day to my son. It is just no fun for anyone involved.

    However, at least Mr. Critter does not have RSV, and that is excellent news. And you have medicines to give him all taken care of, too. Yay for modern medicine.

    Hang in there!

  5. Alison Says:

    Poor little guy!!! These sickie episodes are terrible on everyone. SMW had RSV this past fall and had to have albuterol but no inhaler or breathing treatment. It’s never easy when they are sock. Hang in there!! Hugs all around.

  6. Katie Says:

    Hope you’re all feeling better soon!


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