and you're guaranteed to have your baby on the mend within the hour. Last night Tai didn't nurse all night. He wanted to, he asked to, but it made him gag and he wouldn't actually nurse at all. By this morning, when Tom changed his diaper, it was mostly dry. Tom tried to give him water, but Tai just let it dribble down his chin and wouldn't drink. He still felt warm, too. I was a bit worried, so I called the triage nurse at Dr. Treece's office. She said I should probably bring him in. Of course, by the time I did - he'd taken a little water and peed a bit, and had more energy than he did yesterday.
Unfortunately Dr. Treece was booked, so we saw Dr. Kevin Chu - who also rocks. I love his bedside manner as well, calm even when Tai was fussing because he was ready to go home and take a nap and also with a good sense of humor. But Tai definitely prefers Dr. Treece. He kept looking warily at Dr. Chu, which he never does with Dr. Treece.
Oh! And an amusing sidenote - when I called back to talk to the nurse, someone answered the phone and said, "St. Luke's pediatrics, Michael speaking..." and I asked for the nurse. Only after I was transfered that it was Dr. Treece who had answered! Dude, crazy!
When the nurse weighed Tai, we discovered he's only 28lbs, 7oz. Up 3oz. from our last appointment at the end of January. I think he's lost weight from all of the walking he's been doing. Though the first thing everyone comments on is how big he is. Even Dr. Chu said what a solid boy he is. Go mama-milkie!
So the verdict - Tai has a virus. His fever had gone down, and didn't seem to go up much at all today, maybe a degree or so late in the day. His ears looked clean, his lungs sounded clear. His throat was red, but not as bad as if it had been Strep - and his fever was too low for that. He also wasn't dehydrated and the doctor gave me a couple of ways to check for that in the future (check nailbeds for color - if the color comes right back after pressing, no dehydration. Also, pinch his belly skin a bit - if it's doughy then there's dehydration.) He said Tai obviously isn't wasting away, so if he doesn't eat much for a couple of days it's not an issue. Give him tylenol and try and get him to drink. If he gets worse, go back in.
Yes, I did a nervous first-time mom trip in, but I figure better safe than sorry. Tai was clearly on the mend today - he drank some water, nursed a couple of times (like, twice. I pumped several times) and played. Also whined and fussed and cried. He ate about a quarter of an apple, then gagged on the last bite and barfed up a bit - poor kid. I tried applesauce and a bit of jarred babyfood (separate of course) but he didn't want any of either. I'm hoping his appetite comes back soon; it's so weird to have him eat nothing. And not nurse!
We did go out a bit this afternoon and just walked down to Cortland in the sun. Tai enjoyed looking at the flowers and watching all of the bees. He spent a good 10 minutes by one flowery bush, just watching the bees. On our way back we met a woman who reminded me to take it slow with him, not rush him along when we go places together, since it's the time for him to really explore and experience everything. So far I've been pretty good about that. Truthfully, I enjoy watching him have fun with everyday things.
I put him in the Ergo when he didn't want to walk anymore, did the back carry. He seemed to like it, even rested his head on my back for a bit. I think it's going to be a good way to carry him around when he wants to walk sometimes, but can't walk all the time. I plan on doing a trek down to the Mission library later this week to see how long I can wear him without killing my back.
In other news, my throat is a little sore tonight. I hope we weren't Typhoid Mary at Blue's party, or visiting on Monday night.
Finally my Grace in Small Things list:
1. Tai feeling a bit better
2. Easy access to good doctors
4. My dogs
5. Fresh applesauce