*sigh* Well, Eli woke up from his morning nap about an hour and fifteen minutes later than usual with a fever.
He's been a limp, sad ball of Babyness all day.
Just not his usual cheerful self. He nursed a fair bit, but he kept falling asleep. Mike came home and he woke up & went to daddy, so I finally got a chance to go to the bathroom (I can no longer stand up on my own when I'm holding Eli..
: ) and then I took his temperature. 103.0. Is there anything I can do to get rid of his headache without lowering the fever too much? I couldn't handle seeing him in pain any longer this afternoon, so I gave him the tylenol.. he was just miserable.
I'd also like to know what's bothering him... my guess is that it's his ears. We have small tubes in my family, and while I didn't have them there is a family history of severe, recurrent ear infections. Of course, he smells sick (he has sick breath) which doesn't usually go along with the ear infections. I was thinking that we'd try to avoid antibiotics this time, but the sick breath says to me "bacterial infection" so I'm thinking we might have to take him in.
I'm so not looking forward to it... Mike's new insurance is acting weird; apparently they don't cover well baby checks!
I'm too pregnant (read: my fuse is way too short) to deal with insurance people right now, so I was hoping to avoid it until the brain fog lifts, but with Eli being sick I'm going to have to do it a heck of a lot sooner. *sigh* Anyway, he can't take the cheap stuff, so he'll be put on zithromax. On the positive side, it's only five days so he always gets all of it. On the negative side, amoxil only costs $6, which is way less than our co-pay; we have to pay the full co-pay for zithromax ($25, last time we needed it). Ick, ick, ICK!
And again, I feel guilty because I don't think he would be sick if he was still getting lots of nursie milk.
Every time he gets sick, I feel like it's my fault. Mike said the same thing as soon as he got home, he always feels like he's somehow not being vigilant enough when Eli gets sick, and having to see Eli in pain is punishment for it.
I try to tell myself that all kids get sick, that it's part of growing up, but that doesn't make it any easier to deal with.