I meant to get on the blog yesterday and post but life got in the way.
I am happy to report, that after nearly a week of being ill, Camden is fully recovered and back to herself. Early in the wee hours of Wednesday morning (shortly after I posted my blog about her fever) I wound up giving her dye-free children’s Motrin (ibuprofen) because unlike the other nights she couldn’t sleep for more than 20 minutes at a time. I knew that if she wasn’t getting sleep her body would have a very hard time fighting off whatever it is that she had. She slept peacefully (and so did I) for the rest of the night. I wound up calling the doctors office early Wednesday morning and our regular doctor was full but they were able to get us in to see a female doctor in the practice.
This is only the second time I have ever been to this practice for Camden (the first was to see our Primary Care Physician for a referral to an allergy specialist) and so I was a little wary on how we would be treated in regards to our approach to illnesses. In fact, this is only the second time I had ever had to take Camden into a doctor for an illness (the first time was when she was 9 months old for a suspected ear infection). I was completely surprised when she was not only not critical of the way we had been treating Camden over the last 4 days but was supportive. She needed me to explain the homeopathic remedies we were using as she wasn’t familiar with them (Arnica Montana and Boiron Cold Calm). She was happy to see we were giving her probiotics as well and did not pressure me into using OTC fever reducers. She was comforted knowing that I would give them to Camden if Camden was very uncomfortable or if she wasn’t resting well but didn’t try to make me feel like a bad mom for not using them, and I am thankful for that. She even went so far to congratulate me for being so invested in my daughters health-care. I was shocked. I am considering switching to her as our Primary Care Physician for not only the reasons mentioned but because she was also very kind and friendly to Camden and Camden really liked her.
She gave Camden a thorough check-up and found no signs of infection. She did suspect that Camden had influenza so we went across to the lab to do a nose culture (she didn’t lecture me when I admitted that Camden had not had the flu shot). A call the next day (Thursday) revealed that she was negative for influenza. She still had a fever on Thursday and I requested to do a urine sample to make sure she didn’t have a hidden UTI. Results came back on Friday that the urine sample was negative. So, Camden was simply the victim of a nasty virus. By Friday Camden appeared to be all better. She was eating and playing and we cautiously went out with friends for a very needed trip out of the house. By Saturday it was obvious that she was completely healed. Hooray!
And of course just when Camden is feeling all better another small tragedy strikes. She slipped in the bathroom and I hear a horrific scream. I ran to her to find her sprawled on the floor crying her poor heart out. She had fallen and hit her head on the door jam. It left a nice ugly shiner on her poor head. My poor Camden. Luckily she didn’t break the skin. I gave her some arnica and iced it. It’s hard to tell from the pictures how swollen it was.
5 Minutes after Falling
Later that night…so blue…
I will try to get on here later because I want to dedicate a post to our reasons for no longer using fever reducers, unless absolutely necessary and how we came about to making that decision. It was a big (and challenging) change for me. This coming from the girl who got critisized from her husband for being an advil popper when they first met. I used to get headaches all the time and I never stopped to try to figure out why I was geting headaches, I just popped an advil. Anyway, that’s what is coming next.