Sick Daddy cuddles :(
The CF Center called back around 445 and told us based on what Robb had told them we should go to the ER and get him checked out. I asked which one (since we live an hour away from the Hartford Children's Hopsital, which is where his CF doctors are) and they said it would be better to go to Hartford. I've heard the convention for a fever and ER visits is usually 104/105F, and a fever that lasts for more than a day, but we figured maybe they knew something we didn't so we got ourselves ready to go.
Now here's the thing- when you have a kid with CF you can't just head to the ER. There's a chance that they could want to give him a 2 week course of IV antibiotics, or keep him for a few days for observation, or a million other reasons they might want to admit him. So we can't just head out the door, we need to bring supplies. We hurried and packed up his overnight bag, his Vest machine, his nebulizer, his nebulizer parts, all 9 of his medications and syringes, his blankie, doggie, and some books. This alone was a pain in the ass.
On the way to the ER he threw up in the car, and I hadn't remembered to pack towels. Lesson learned haha (and that's why he's wearing PJs in all these photos!).
Anyways, we got to the ER and Charlie was still feeling yucky. One of the nice things was that since he has CF we didn't have to wait in the main waiting room and we got a private room to wait. But it was so nerve wracking hearing little kids hacking and coughing and just thinking about all the germs in the hospital he could get. We were using Purell like no one's business.
Waiting waiting waiting waiting
Charlie feeling better and acting like a goofball :)
So anyways we finally got out of there and got home pretty late. Charlie didn't sleep great and as of this morning still has a fever of 101F, poor little guy, plus he was still throwing up. But we're lucky it's nothing super serious, just looks like a viral thing, and thankfully he didn't have to be admitted to the hospital! However we did learn quite a few things for next time from this busy crazy night
1. Always ask if it's REALLY necessary to go to the ER
2. Always go to the ER close to our house instead of going to Hartford because there's no benefit to the CCMC ER.
3. Don't be afraid to say no doing procedures to the sake of procedures.
4. Try Motrin before Tylenol
This is how I had to leave Charlie this am before work :(((( Poor little fella.