UPDATE: I took LJ into Urgent Care today. We had a HORRIBLE night, he was up numerous times, throwing up and needing drinks. After a few tests and an "almost, but not quite" X-ray, we found out he has strep throat. Who knew that strep could present itself without a sore throat?! That vomiting, high fever, body aches, and shortness of breath could all be signs of strep?! We now have anti-biotics and he is on the mend! YAHOO!
So... I have decided the worst thing about being a Mom, is having sick kids!
We have had our share of sickness in the last 1 1/2 months. BJ missed his first day of school in 5 years, last month! SJ had to miss a day a few weeks ago and ended up sick all weekend. And LJ missed a day last week with a cough/cold and is home again today really sick. :( I feel soo bad for them when they are sick. I wish I could take it away.
LJ has had a 103 fever since last night. He says his tummy hurts and he did throw-up once last night. We were up A LOT. When his fever is at its peak, he has labored breathing (which always freaks me out, due to SJ and his history.). When he has fever-reducing meds in him he is still laying around and not himself, but his fever does go down to 100ish. But when the meds wear off, he is miserable! It brings tears to my eyes.
So..... this is when my brain goes into overdrive! Is it really his tummy that hurts or could it be his lungs? All of the books say that you can sit on a fever for 48 hours before taking them in, but look at what happened to SJ when you waited. Can his little body fight this on its own? Or do I get help? Should I let his fever run to help fight what ever this is? Or do I offer him a little bit of comfort with meds? What if I take him in and it is something he can fight on his own? What if I wait, and it gets worse and then we end up in the hospital? Where are my instincts? And why do they confuse me? Why don't they just speak to me and tell me what to do! Am I being overly......everything? You can see why this is the worst thing about being a Mom, but I would never give it up.
I am off to cuddle my sickly child and PRAY that I do make the right decision this time and all of the times after this.
I am a mom of 4 wonderful boys; ages 16, 13, 11, and 8. I am privileged to be home with them and I love watching them grow. I am a Aide in our Charter School and I really enjoy it. I have also been blessed with an AMAZING husband. I love to read and I love our Idaho wilderness.