Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Roseola, Ear Infections, and Teething

What a fun name to a post, right? I feel like this post is a little tardy but wanted to write it nonetheless. I have been just so busy lately that I have been feeling like my blogging is so after the fact lately. The post title above is one of the many reasons we have been so busy, we have been taking care of a very sick and cranky little girl!!! It all started out last weekend while I was trying to get ready to meet my Mom and Sister at the Aurora Outlet mall. We were on the prowl for Halloween costume's for Jillian and my niece Nicole and wanted to stop in at the Carter's outlet before they got too picked over. I have had my eye on this adorable number ever since I saw it online.




While I was getting ready, Jillian really started to get fussy and didn't want me to put her down. This was pretty unusual behavior for her but I figured she just needed a nap or was teething. Some how I managed to get ready, packed up Jillian and all of the stuff we needed to get us through our day, and headed out the door to meet my Mom and Sister. Jillian fell asleep immediately in the car and slept the entire half hour drive out to Aurora. I still wasn't sure what was going on with her at that point but hoped for the best that she just needed a good nap. Since she had been so fussy that morning, I was a little nervous that we would have to cut our shopping trip short. But she was such a trooper!!! She was all smiles the for rest of the day and loved watching us as we strolled in and out of stores.

A few hours later I arrived home with a few items from Ann Taylor, Carter's, and most importantly, the most adorable pink kitty costume ever . Unfortunately, the adorable baby that will eventually be wearing said pink kitty costume was not feeling the after shopping glow like I was. I picked Jillian up out of her car seat and she felt so warm to me. It had been a warm day so I wondered if she was just hot from the long car ride back home. Just to be sure, I ran upstairs to get her thermometer. Jillian's temperature read 100.3, my poor Jilly was sick! At that point, I still wasn't sure what was going on. Was she really sick or was it teething? She had just cut her first tooth two weeks ago and it looked like another one was working it's way up as well. She had a fever a few months ago from teething so I prepared myself for a long weekend of teething hell.

I felt so awful for my baby girl. She woke up both Saturday and Sunday nights screaming and miserable. I kept giving her Hyland's teething tablets and Target's Up&Up version of infant Tylenol. After awhile, I was starting to think that perhaps teething wasn't our issue. Sure, I thought her teeth were bugging her, but I was starting to think there was more going on.

On Monday, Jillian was still not herself so I called the doctor first thing in the morning. Her fever had finally broke but I knew that something was still off with her. I wanted to rule out the possibility of an ear infection so I made an 11am appointment and headed off to work. I felt horrible leaving my sick little girl, however, my Mother In Law watches Jillian on Monday's so I knew she was in good hands. If it would have been a day Jillian went to daycare, I probably would have stayed home. I left work around 10:30am, picked up Jillian and my Mother In Law, headed to the doctor, and waited for TWO HOURS for our appointment. As we sat in the waiting room, I noticed Jillian's legs and torso were covered in red splotches. Now I really knew something else was going on with her besides her teeth.

Finally the doctor saw us and confirmed that my Jilly had both an ear infection AND Roseola. According to our pediatrician we were already the third baby she had seen that morning that had come down with Roseola over the weekend and that it was going around. Before that day, I had never heard of Roseola. According to my doctor, Roseola is a virus. Symptoms start off with a high fever for several days, then once the fever breaks, a bright red appears all over the body. I was so glad that I took her to the doctor and that we were able to diagnose what was going on with her. I was also thankful that I noticed the rash before the appointment so the doctor could properly diagnose her. I just didn't think teething could make my poor baby girl this sick and miserable.

I can't say enough how lucky I am to have such a flexible manager. After sitting at the doctor's office for two hours, I had to drive my Mother In Law and Jillian home and pick up Jillian's antibiotics at CVS. After it was all said and done, I had been away from work for four hours! I think working with a sick child is one of the hardest things to deal with for a working Mom. I felt horribly guilty all day for not being at home with her.

Jillian was still not 100% the rest of the week, but it was nice to know what we were dealing with. Jillian's ear infection seemed to linger the rest of the week. She would get up two to three times a night fussing and crying. Jeff and I took turns consoling her. Jillian just finished up her last dosage of antibiotics yesterday and is finally back to sleeping through the night again.


12 comments :

  1. Poor baby! My nephew had Roseola earlier in the summer & ended up in the hospital for a week. He was 15 mos. old at the time. It's so awful when they're sick & there's nothing you can do for them. Glad she's better now.

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  2. Poor baby! My nephew had Roseola earlier in the summer & ended up in the hospital for a week. He was 15 mos. old at the time. It's so awful when they're sick & there's nothing you can do for them. Glad she's better now.

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  3. Poor baby! My nephew had Roseola earlier in the summer & ended up in the hospital for a week. He was 15 mos. old at the time. It's so awful when they're sick & there's nothing you can do for them. Glad she's better now.

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  4. poor thing! we were actually at the doctor today after three days of high fever, but no other symptoms....now i'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for a rash! hope she starts feeling 100% soon....it is always so sad when our babies are sick! :(

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  5. oh yeah.....L-O-V-E the costume! :)

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  6. oh girl, do I feel your pain! Jackson has double ear infections and teething. It hasn't been a fun week at our house either. I'm glad that Jillian is back to sleeping through the night...do you think she could talk to my lil guy about doing this:)

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  7. Hoping she feels better soon! Poor thing!! Hate when you can't tell what might be wrong. Hoping Mommy and baby girl get some rest this weekend! :)

    PS - LOVE THE KITTY OUTFIT!! SO CUTE!! :)

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  8. The costume is cute! Poor baby! Hope she starts to feel better soon! Rylie has a throat infection this week, but I would have never known if she didn't have a temp.

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  9. LOVE the costume! Poor Jillian I hope she feels better soon.

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  10. Aww that sweet little girl. I hate it when they are sick! I hope she is all cuddly when she doesnt feel good, that is the best part!

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  11. I hope she feels better soon! I had never heard of Roseola before either! see these blogs help educate as well! I was out in your neck of the woods yesterday and smiled as I drove by your area (does that sound somewhat stalkerish???) LOL.

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  12. Sorry Karen! Poor little girl. It's so hard when they are sick. And it always takes them awhile to get back to their normal cute selves. Hope yall are finally getting back to normal ... whatever normal is, right?! Have a wonderful weekend! Oh, and I try to vote for you, my blogging friend, several times a day! ;)

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