Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Emergency Room

On Friday Brighton went to the ER. So now both of my kids have gone to the ER before their second birthday.

On Thursday I had gone up to Girls' Camp and it was great! However, when I got home he had a fever. We gave him some medicine then went to bed. It wasn't the most restful night, seeing as he was so uncomfortable. The next day he still had his fever, but now he was also refusing food for the most part. So he was tired, irritable, hungry, and very, very hot. Suddenly, at around 5:00 p.m., he felt hotter than he had before and so we checked his temperature… 104.4. It was time to see a doctor.

I called my friend Erica to ask her something about insurance, and her husband works at the hospital. He said because of his age and how high his fever was we needed to head to the emergency room.

It turns out he had a virus that had caused a terribly bad sore throat. (I felt so bad that I had no idea.) They got his fever down some, tested for strep (which is where they figured out it was a virus so we just had to let it run it's course), then told me what to do for him. We were there for about 2 1/2 hours. I know that it wasn't a big deal and some wouldn't take their child to the ER, but I feel good about what I did and Brighton wasn't suffering as much after because of their help.

I learned a lot and I'm grateful to the doctors for their help. They were really sweet and called on Monday to check on him. They had told me if he wasn't better by Tuesday that he needed to go to his pediatrician.

Thank goodness for modern medicine!

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