Well, I didn't reach my goal of posting every other day (or so). It's been a few more than that. But, I do have a valid excuse.
This past Friday morning, Luke woke up with a fever of 101 degrees. It just kind of went up from there...by late Friday afternoon, it had hit a high of just over 105 degrees.
Yes, at that point I "freaked out" just a bit -- especially since I am a first-time parent. And, Luke hasn't really been all that sick. We've been very fortunate to have a very healthy child.
So, I did make a call to the dr's office at that point. The nurse did call me back within 15 minutes, and she said that since this was only the first day of a fever and there were really no other symptoms (other than a decreased appetite), we just needed to work on keeping his fever down.
So, that's what we've been doing since then. We manage to keep it at a reasonable level with Tylenol and Motrin -- alternating. Other than that, we just try to keep poor little Luke comfortable and feed him as he wishes.
Fortunately, Luke has been drinking plenty. We've had LOTS of wet diapers (Yeah!). So, dehydration has not been an issue.
Is this H1N1? Who knows? It's all over in this county.
I know they're not testing for it because testing for it is very expensive.
I plan on calling the dr. back tomorrow morning if he's still not better.
The hardest part of this is that Luke has not slept through the last two nights -- definitely NOT Luke. So, Marc and I have been up the last two nights -- something we haven't done in a little over a year.
We even missed church this morning -- something we don't really like to do. But, we certainly don't want to make anybody else sick -- there are enough people sick around here.
Fortunately for me (this allowed me to get out of the house to avoid insanity), my good friend Andrea and her husband Collin had a baby girl (named Marin) and were in the hospital. With complete permission from Andrea, strict hand-washing, and not touching the baby directly with my skin, I did visit the hospital a whopping three times. It was very nice to get out of the house, and it's ALWAYS nice to get to see a new baby.
So this blog post is not all words, I do have three photos to share.
Marc mowed the lawn yesterday -- hopefully for the last time until spring. Luke ALWAYS likes to watch Marc mow the lawn. Since he wasn't too feverish at the time, I put his jacket on and took him outside to watch. The fresh air felt good for all of us. Luke certainly wasn't smiley, but I did manage to snap a few photos.
First, this is a photo of Luke actually pointing at Marc (I don't know if you can tell he's pointing, but trust me, he is).
And, BTW, it actually looks chilly in these photos. It was really about 60 degrees outside -- not too bad for Luke to be outside in.
Here's a photo of Luke staring at Marc. You can tell from a little red cheek in this photo that something's not right.
And finally (I hope you're not too bored with these photos), here's just a sad photo -- in my opinion. He just looks at me like this quite a bit throughout the day.
I hope you all are staying well. It's really not too fun. Hopefully, Luke's on the mend, and hopefully, Marc and I don't get this "stuff."
Joyful and a little silly
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