It has been a bad week for viruses hasn’t it? On Sunday I noticed Ryan’s nose was running and instantly thought “uh oh”. Sure enough by Wed, Jacob had a fever. Wed night I brought Jacob and Ryan to the hospital to drop them back off with Susie. I was worried that Jacob’s fever may be CF related and not a virus and I wanted his mommy to double check. By Wed night, when I got home from dropping off the boys, Jim and Tanner were sick. It hit them in a course of an hour. They both have continual runny noses and Jim’s throat is hurting.
Tanner doesn’t have the sore throat. He said his head was hurting behind the ear (not the ear itself) and has struggled with a high fever. His fever got up to 104 last night (picture above taken during that time). Usually you only give Motrin every 8 hours but I am having to give it every 4 or 5 just to keep his fever down. He woke up with a 102.9 fever this morning and he wasn’t 8 hours in to the Motrin again. What is up with that? I am most concerned that it could be strep but since Tanner’s throat isn’t hurting I am hoping against that. (Strep is going around our parts). Ty however, is still fine. Weird but Tanner seems to have a weaker immune system than Ty does. Especially strange since Tanner eats so well and Ty does not.
Noah was admitted into the hospital during the night. He got another infection in one of his pin sites and is currently at John C Lincoln North getting IV antibiotics. He was in a lot of pain with this yesterday. So not good! Mom just called and said that the will keep Noah another night at the hospital.
Thankfully I am not sick (yet!). Yesterday Jim and I had to get physicals to renew our adoption homestudy and my Dr. was following up on the blood tests he had run on me last month. His office had called and told me I was anemic due to iron deficiency and I needed to start on iron. Who wants to do that considering the side effects? So I had been stalling and had not done that. I started taking my iron this morning though when the Dr. told me that an average woman’s iron level is around 200 and my was…get this… THREE!!!!!! I have almost NO iron. The Dr. then said, “You know I learned something in medical school that really stuck with me….oxygen is really good for you.” Ha ha. (Iron makes red blood cells and red blood cells carry your O2). He wants me doubling up on my iron for at least the first month. Jim asked if my low carbing would help since I am eating more meat and the Dr. said I can’t possibly eat enough iron to make up for this. So why so low? I have no idea. The Dr. does wonder if my girl issues are causing me to lose too much blood which is exactly what my ob/gyn was concerned about. Guess there might be something to that theory ;).
Update: By the time I ended this posting, my nose was running. Darn it.
I haven’t been able to talk to Susie since Wed night due to a conflict in our schedules. The last I heard was that a skin graft had been done but it appeared to be failing so they were going to try a blood transfusion. He is scheduled for yet another surgery on Monday. He was told that he would not be able to go straight home but to a rehab center for 2 to 4 weeks. Due to the diabetes, they expect healing to be very slow and they thought he would need a trained eye for a longer period of time post all this trauma. I agree but this is not good news for Susie. And they do not have short term disability so they are just going to be hurting all the way around.
I don’t know how Jacob and Ryan are doing with their colds but this high fever business can’t be good for Jacob. I do know that Landen has had a very bad week on top of things but I don’t have any details right now.
So that is all I know right now…not much.