02 July, 2009
The other issue I had was that I didn't know whether to give her the Tylenol (with all this garbage going on about it) or give her Motrin-- something that wouldn't elevate her heart rate more. I figured the fever was what was elevating it. So against my hubby's judgement, I called the doctor. ( Okay, ladies... are all men like this? I was really getting frustrated thinking he was more worried about the $$ it was going to cost WHEN they told us to go to the ER, which they more than likely will since they are "money makers" according to him! I was purely worried about my girl and wanted to know how to help her if she needed it. I like to err on the side of caution and would like to have piece of mind. Also I had another sick baby at home that if I could gain some insight, maybe I could cut her illness in half.)
Anyway, I called them... to ask them my Tylenol question. They weren't at all worried about the heart rate. That is normal with a fever. Okay... I can live with that. They then decided that they were worried about the headache, fever,and dizziness. They wanted to have her checked out at the ER to rule out any neuro issues or meningitis. So , now I am a little worried. I trust my Doctor. I have been going to her for 11 years. She knows my kids... I know my kids. I have called before and they have said... just watch her and bring her in the morning. My Doctor is VERY cautious. That is really why I like her. I hear her concerns, but then it does become my discretion whether to validate them or dismiss them based on my gutt and how well I know my kids' bodies! Sometimes it gets really old, but that one time it stops something serious in its tracks, I will be grateful.
Off we go to the ER. I am second guessing myself the whole way. I allowed myself to think that they better find something to justify this trip or Hubby is really going to be mad.... then I had to smack myself around a bit. Hey, at least when I get home, my girl and I both can sleep well knowing IF anything is going on. I am a mom, hear my roar... baby is sick. Sure it could probably wait, but they don't want anything to get out of control during the night. We got the the ER. It must have been a slow night, because we got right in. (in and out in 1 1/2 hrs.) The staff was great, the doctors were great! Princess watched Hannah Montanna ... who would have thought Disney channel runs those shows at midnight.... huh! They tested for strep, swine flu, and tested her urine for infection. Everything was clean. That means VIRAL. Nothing to do , but rest and eat! GREAT!
Now to go home and tell hubby... this ought to be good! I thought on the way home. Yes, I have piece of mind and now I have some insight on what is going on in our house. Yes, it could have been waited out, but what if it had been meningitis? I have to stop second guessing myself. My question still lingers.... are they cautious doctors or are they just trying to make money? I like to think mine is a cautious doctor. Now, there have been times where she wanted some extra tests done or us to go see a specialist "just to be safe". My gutt told me NO, and we didn't . That becomes our responsibility as parents to know what is best for our kids and take what the doctors suggests and decide what to do with it. This is also the same doctor who sent us to the ER about a couple years ago for suspected appendicitis. I thought she was crazy, but when we got there, it was the start of pneumonia. We caught it early because she was cautious. . In the age of preventivie medicine, we have to have that mindset to be cautious, have things checked out, be grateful for negative results, and rejoice when we catch it early enough to be treated!
I will continue to trust my doctor to be cautious. I will NOT second guess myself and how I chose to help my child. They could very well be money makers... (we will see when the bill comes :o) but those money makers just might save my child's life one day because they were cautious. Princess is doing fine. She still has the fever and headache, but we KNOW it is nothing but viral and will go from here!
(thanks grammy for keeping us company!)
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