Last night I went out with friends to The Olive Garden and of course, my phone died. When I got home Brian was all a fluster. Eloise had a fever of 102°. He had given her acetaminophen but her temperature was still climbing. When I took it rectally it read 103.3° so I called the help hotline at the Med Center and spoke to a nurse who told me to give her a luke warm bath, Motrin and call the doctor in the morning.
"But when should I take her to the emergency room?" I asked.
"If her temperature reaches above 105°."
Above 105°?! That seems awfully high to me for a less than 1 year old.
Her temperature continued to climb to 104. I told myself if it got even close to 105° rectally I was taking her in, above be damned. Her head felt so hot! It was scary hot. I put a cold wash cloth on her head (which she resisted along with the luke warm bath) and laid with her taking her forehead temperature every five minutes. Thankfully through the night it returned to normal with the help of the motrin. So I'll be taking her in to the pediatrician's office this morning for the doctor to take a look at her.
Which is why I might not get a post up today. But I think the blogosphere will understand. My little Eloise needs to be coddled and given all my attention.