Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A high of 104

And I don't mean the weather. Cameron spiked a fever of 104 degrees late last night. I was feeding her at about midnight and noticed her head felt awfully hot so I took her temp and we packed up and went to the emergency room at about 12:30. There was no wait and we were taken right back which was awesome! Unfortunately Cameron did not enjoy the visit at all. She was miserable because all she wanted to do was sleep and she was being poked and prodded. She had no other symptoms to speak of but a fever of 104 is scary high. They did a chest x-ray to see if there was any infection present in her lungs even though she had no respiratory symptoms and then took a urine sample to check for the presence of a UTI. Apparently she had a large amount of white blood cells in her urine which indicates an infection. She was started on antibiotics and we were sent home. This morning she spiked another fever and was acting extremely lethargic and her skin was ice cold and a gray/blue color, specifically her lips, hands, and feet so I called her pediatrician and she wanted to see her right away. She wasn't acting right at all and her pediatrician was considering having her admitted to Fairview Hospital for fear of it being something worse like sepsis. But at the pediatrician's office she really perked up and her skin regained all of it's warmth and color. She continued to eat well and looked completely back to her normal self so her doctor felt comfortable enough to send her home for now with continued antibiotics and close monitoring. I've been taking her temp all day and it's been stable without another dose of tylenol since this morning. If Cam starts up with anymore funny business though it will buy her a hospital admission. Her doctor is on call tonight so she wants me to call if anything doesn't seem right. She is definitely taking the attitude of better safe than sorry because of Cam's prematurity and I can't say I blame her. I really don't want her to have to go back to the hospital but we have to do what's best for her. She's been good for the rest of the afternoon though so hopefully she's past the worst of it and is on the mend!!

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