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I woke up this morning to the news that Joey was taken to the ER last night after he spiked a fever of 102. He has been admitted and has had a chest x-ray done. At the moment, I have not spoken with Traci so all I know is what's on her FB. I will update later when I hear from her.
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Thanks Augie for posting the update. And thanks ladies for the thoughts and prayers.
Joey started running a low grade fever last night. Within a very short time it went from 99.5 to 102. We called the doctor and she sent us to the ER. They did a chest x-ray (waiting on results), his blood pressure was elevated (stabalized now), and so was his pulse and respiration rate (both have stabablized some as well). This may sound funny to some, but he smells sick to me. It appears to either be a respiratory issue (coughing alot), a blood infection (sudden fever, BP, pulse, and resp) or both. Before heading here I gave him tylenol because of how quickly he had spiked. Within an hour of our arrival he was at 103, even after the tylenol (we're not supposed to give tylenol but I knew I HAD to). After a very long night in the ER (2 AM-8AM) we are back on the oncology unit and due to fever he is in an isolation room.
The fever getting as high as it did (keep in mind, taking temps the way we have to has a chance of up to 2 degree error) caused him to dehydrate, so he's gotten lots of fluids and 2 antibiotics have been started. Blood cultures were drawn and now we wait and see. His ANC (immune system number) is at 0, so he has no abililty to fight this himself. We need his counts to climb, the antibiotics to work, and to find out the cause of this fever.
To answer your good question: Some children depending on their medical issues/conditions cannot take Tyelnol. My oldest son who has had liver problems should not take it for very long. We usually avoid Tylenol in his case unless absolutely needed.
Sandra. Wife to Timothy and Homeschool mom to Michael and Matthew
And he can't take tylenol because tylenol can mask a fever. With him having a central line and being on chemo we can't risk not knowing if he gets a fever. he gets it inpatient because they can monitor for other signs of infection through labs and vitals, but outpatient its a no-no. However with how high his temp spiked and how long it takes to get to his hospital, I knew they already were admitting him and would do blood cultures so I trusted my own judgement and gave him tylenol regardless, just a 1/2 dose so we didn't completely mask the fever, just control it from spiking too high too fast.