My kids don’t get sick often. I mean, they might feel crappy here and there and miss school periodically, but never more than 3 or so days a year. And the only time it’s been bad was when Nikki a bad stomach bug when she was a toddler and had to go to the hospital for dehydration, and when she had strep back in 2007? or so? and she was just miserable for awhile.
Otherwise? Quick versions of everything. Like, less than 24 hours. Nothing major. Nothing severe. And almost all of the “What’s Going Around” tends to pass us up.
But – the last 2 weeks we’ve just had weird bouts of illness. The school called the Thursday before Veteran’s day because Wes wasn’t acting himself. They said he wasn’t running a fever, but he was just acting off and said his head hurt. I took my time coming to get him since he didn’t have a fever. I ended up picking him up about noon. He napped until 2:30 when it was time to pick up Nikki. He had a fever of about 102 then. He puked in the car picking her up and then two hours later no fever and he acted like nothing had been wrong with him at all. I kept him home the next day anyway, and he rested, but never ran a fever again, had a headache, or puked. It was like the 5 hour case of something. WEIRDO.
Then – Nikki had a fever and a headache. Then it went away. Then just the headache came back. Then it went away. Then, yesterday morning she woke up about 4am (I was already awake because Wes had been dealing with leg cramps) with a SEVERE headache. No fever. And then she started puking. But still – NO FEVER.
She stayed in bed all day yesterday. The headache went away. She had a “fever” for about 2 hours – but it was sub-100 and I’m not sure it counts for shit. But the headache never went away and she puked off and on the first half of the day. Then once or twice the second half. She stomached a sandwich last night, but that was it. EXTREME photosensitivity which has me leaning towards migraines, except she did feel crappier in the week which says, “hmmm… Maybes strep…”
I’m torn. On one hand? I’m glad my kids don’t tend to pick up the various weirdo flus and viruses that go around. On the other hand? It would be nice to just know what it is because I hate taking the kids to the doctor and finding out there’s nothing real wrong with them. I always feel like and idiot and that the doctor thinks, “Oh, Lord. It’s the Holmes family again…always freaking out over everything.”
What are your “limits” for a trip to the doctor? When do you take the kids? I’m thinking this is a no-brainer since she’s had strep before and it sometimes manifests has headaches over anything else. But I don’t know, she wasn’t really running a fever so am I overreacting? BAH.
Stupid parental decisions. It’s easier when everything is perfectly textbook. Which it NEVER is.