So, it turns out Little MPB was not just teething.
In fact, when his temperature suddenly spiked to 41.6C (106.8F) and he began breathing very quickly we called the nurse line and were directed straight to the emergency room. I honestly have to say, I had no idea temperatures could get that high!!
We were through triage and seeing a doctor in basically no-time, even though there were probably 30 other kids in the waiting room before us.By the time we got to the hospital and saw a doctor, Little MPB’s temperature had dropped to a less scary 39C (104F) thanks to baby Tylenol and baby Advil. He was even colouring with the crayons and paper a volunteer gave him.
But the doctor wasn’t fooled by his sudden improvement.
We were whisked off to X-Rays, which were a horrible experience and had me in tears – I can say with certainty that the x-ray technicians were great, but the medieval torture device they used to get the X-Rays was horrific. But, it was worth it, as the X-Rays confirmed that Little MPB has pneumonia.
We were sent home with very strict instructions on when to bring him back to the emergency and when to follow up with our family doctor. We were given the rules for returning to daycare and being around other children – which we will be following to a tee, as it turns out pneumonia is super contagious. We were also given direction to let Little MPB watch as much TV as he wants and eat anything he wants because in all likelihood he isn’t going to be eating much at all in the next few days. In fact the doctor told us to offer Little MPB his favourite foods regardless of how unhealthy they are in hopes of getting something into his tummy. Which basically means, Little MPB is under doctors order to consume his current obsession food – gold fish. (As an aside, it turns out the doctor was right – Little MPB wont eat anything, not even goldfish, he’s living on fluids and that about it).
And so the last few days have been spent monitoring his temperature, managing a steady stream of baby Tylenol, baby Advil and antibiotics. We’ve also been snuggling, watching paw patrol and trying to convince Little MPB to drink some fluids.
Honestly, he’s already doing a bit better as he has been fever free (and Tylenol/Advil free) for about 6 hours. But, he’s still far from being his normal happy self. I’m hoping in another few days he’ll be back to normal.
But until then, everything else doesn’t matter. Work commitments have been cancelled and social events are postponed.
Once he’s better, we will try to find our a normal routine again by firstly turning off paw patrol and secondly returning to healthy home cooked meals.
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