I know that there are some that are outraged that I waited until Friday (July 4th) to take my daughter to the doctor...
Well, I will clarify some of the details...
My daughter came down sick on Tuesday. I thought to myself, "Who has been to my house that had the flu?" I made a few calls to see if those that had visited had come down with the flu... No one had...and since we missed church on Sunday, I knew that it wasn't from church. But I still thought in the back of my mind that maybe it was a virus (not even recalling the fact that she had had painful urination a few days before...I have 7 children, it is really busy around here and I am a SCATTERBRAIN!!!).
I go by the rule, "If they have a fever for more than three days, take them to the doctor..."
As you know, the doctor isn't too concerned unless they have been sick with a fever over 103 degrees for more than 3 days*.
- NOTE: She didn't have a fever for three days straight...it went away for a day.
- NOTE: I live nowhere near family or friends as we moved states in February.
Though, Thursday night was an allnighter with my daughter, we made it through. I kept a close eye on her temperature and planned to find a doctor first thing in the morning. My children haven't been sick much this year, so I hadn't taken the time to find a doctor in this area (since our move).
The first thing I did Friday morning was to dive into my phone book. I called some doctors offices at 8 a.m. only to find that they were either not in the office (on a holiday) or they didn't open until 9 a.m. AND I didn't have an on-call number for ANY doctors in the area. The closest doctor I knew of was 2 HOURS AWAY.
So I patiently waited and got myself ready so I leave for the appointment ASAP.
Upon returning from the doctor, I gave my daughter her antibiotic and started a sick journal to keep track of her temperature, her symptoms, and the medicine she took (including making sure that I gave her antibiotic twice daily because I will forget if I don't). That journal is GREAT, as I haven't forgotten to give her antibiotic to her once!!!
So far, so good! She is feeling a lot better and the antibiotic worked! NO FEVER, NO SYMPTOMS of infection!!!
So, to answer the question as to WHY I didn't rush her to the hospital the minute she came down with a fever...
First, I wanted to make sure that it wasn't a virus and I KNEW that it wasn't a virus when the fever returned.
Secondly....I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF A MISCARRIAGE!!! What am I expected to do?
I apologize if I have offended anyone.
And to all of my supportive bloggy buddies, THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! For all of your prayers and concerns with my daughter and my miscarriage. God heard your prayers and answered them, HIS way!!!