As I picked dude up out of his crib this morning, I noticed that his legs & back were hot. Being a first time mom dealing with a first time fever, I thought, "boy, I must have had too many blankets on him last night." NOT. Why is it that mommyhood sucks out all of your common sense sometimes??? Anyway, I proceeded to take his temperature and it was 100.6. I gave him Tylenol and also noticed that his diaper rash (which was an ongoing fight) now had these little red bumps. Hmmm. So, I checked his temp again 2 hours later & it is 101.7. Hmmm. I gave him more Tylenol & an hour later it was 102. That was my limit. I set up an appointment with the pediatrician who diagnosed dude with-- Hand Foot & Mouth Disease.
For those of you who don't know, HFM is a common childhood virus that causes sores/bumps/blisters normally on the hand, feet, and mouth and causes a high fever. In dude's case, he had them in his diaper area & in the back of his throat. There is nothing you can do, except allow the ugly virus to take it's course & control the fever by rotating Tylenol and Motrin. And FYI it is going around like a hot potato! I pray that his condition doesn't get worse & that he heals quickly. Godspeed my child. It is killing me to see him hurt. I have literally held him all day; I love being his mommy so much. As I was loving on him today, I couldn't help but think about sick children who don't have a mommy to love on them when they feel bad... That fact kills me even more.
On a lighter note, the doctor says it normally subsides in 5 days.
I leave for my mission trip to Mexico in 5 days. Don't worry, God has granted me peace about going to share his word. He has given me peace about leaving dude, my husband, and everything that I know to go with people who I don't know & share the gospel. Of course prayers for safety are welcome, but please pray for the people of Mexico. Pray that we will know/meet their needs, that barriers such as language & culture will not be an issue, and most importantly that they will feel the love of God & choose to say yes to a life of eternal salvation.
P.s. Sick Puppy=Spoiled Fudgesicle Eating Puppy.