Four obvious clues that your kid might be feeling sick:
layinglying down on the bed at 4 pm.
- Eating 3 bites of lunch and then being full, but drinking herb tea like it’s going out of style.
- Crying inconsolably at daycare.
- Not playing. With anything.
Four clues that were not so obvious over the last two days:
- Liberally peppering all conversation with potty words, in a slightly manic sort of way.
- Refusing to stop said potty words, regardless of the disciplinary action taken.
- Laughing in our faces during said disciplinary actions.
- A lingering and worsening dry cough.
Ah, the 20/20 hindsight.
Napoleona had to come home from daycare before lunch today because she was crying and saying her ear hurt. I brought her home and put her in my bed with a few books, made a quick onion poultice for her ear, and snuggled in to read a few stories. After a few minutes, she said her ear felt mostly better.
Then I noticed how red her cheeks were, which I must have previously chalked up to the icy cold air outside. She had a temp of about 103.5!
She had a tiny lunch and a long nap, after which her temp was down to 101.5. After dinner she either sat on the couch reading a book with me, or laid on her bed, all the while coughing like her throat was tickling. Right before bedtime her temp was back up to 103ish.
Clearly she’s working through some sort of virus. Probably the same virus that has been lurking around our house for the last few weeks. She seems to have avoided the conjunctivitis SillyBilly started on Wednesday night, but neither of them have fully recovered from their last cold a few weeks ago–what we not-so-fondly call the “lingering ick”.
And of course all this is happening after daycare was closed for three days because the owner was sick with the flu and SillyBilly stayed home with me yesterday to see the doctor for his pinkeye. I think I’ve worked about 4 hours this whole week, instead of my goal of 5-6 hours a day. Sigh.
Please, O Loyal Readers, say a prayer to your deity of choice that Napoleona wakes up her usual bouncy self tomorrow morning and that no icky green gunk sticks SillyBilly’s eyelids together tonight. And if you’d like to add in a little one for my odd sore throat to disappear as well, I’d be eternally grateful.
Update: Napoleona’s fever was mostly gone today. But, now SillyBilly’s got a 103 fever. And they’re both coughing and dragging around. I guess I should be grateful it’s the weekend and not a school/work day. Sigh.