my son, the sickie

I got a call from the school clinic on Friday – Matthew was there with a 102.5 fever. I rushed right over to the school and brought him home, and he’s been going downhill ever since. He’s feverish, hacking, coughing, and he’s got this rattle sounding in his chest. I was worried that the fever meant strep, so I called our pediatrician this morning only to find out that all of their offices were completely booked. I started checking into walk in clinics in the area, and was clued into the fact that drug stores now offer walk in clinics, and there was one reasonably close to our house.

We jumped into the car and went to the drugstore, checked in, and were seen within 20 minutes. The nurse practitioner gave us her complete and undivided attention for 20 minutes, and after doing a rapid strep test and checking the boy out, told me he had an ear infection, swollen tonsils, and an upper respiratory infection. Um, yay? I’m glad it wasn’t strep, but none of those things sound that great either.

He’s so wiped out that he asked to go to bed at 7:45 (unheard of!) and he’s tucked in, Vick’s vapo rub on his chest, humidifier going full steam…I’m hoping he sleeps well tonight, because he was up 3 times last night crying because he ached so bad. His little throat was so sore and swollen that he couldn’t breathe well, and at one point he told me he was scared to go back to sleep, because he might die. Heart breaking, huh?

6 Responses to “my son, the sickie”

  1. D says:

    I remember days like this – ;makes you feel helpless. I’d rather be sick, then see any of my kids sick.

    I used to and still do when they get sick, make Mrs. Grass Soup – cause it’s mostly broth and they would never eat. And a Warm cup of tea with honey. Although, they drink it hot now – back then – this was good enough.

    I too did the vicks. And when the temp would seem high – i would use a cool wash cloth or a cool pack on their heads in 2 minute increments.

    I hope he feels better soon.

  2. Corrin says:

    I had my first ear infection EVER last week (heck, I still can’t hear anything but buzzing out of my left ear) and I don’t know how little kids deal with it. Having an ear infection may be the single most painful ailment I’ve ever had, I was in tears the first night and the only reason I fell asleep was because I took four benadryl! I hope they gave him some strong meds and he’s resting!

  3. Cheryl says:

    Awww……..poor kid sized Matthew!

  4. Jane Maritz says:

    Hope he’s feeling better soon! There’s almost nothing more heartbreaking than babying a kiddy who is so sick that even playing and eating junk food isn’t appealing.

  5. Joy Smith says:

    Awww. Poor little guy. We had strep throat about a month ago. My step-daughter got it, gave it to her brother and then me. It was fun. My husband had the honor of being left out of it.lol

    Last Friday as we were on our way to school, my step-daughter mentioned that a classmate at school had strep. I sure hope that it doesn’t come around here again!

  6. Mr. Fabulous says:

    Oh, poor little dude! Tell him his Uncle Brad says hi. If he doesn’t remember, just tell him the big guy who isn’t too bright.

    Gracie is still okay, though, right? Whew!