Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Big Pain?

One of our challenges with Crash as I suppose it is with most parents is figuring out if they are sick enough to go to the doctor. How do you "know" that the are sick? Sometimes there are obvious signs:
fever
major change in behavior
hacking cough
runny nose
puss running out of an ear
missing limbs
Ok, those last two are a bit over the top, but we strive to be thorough. Anyway, the list could go on and on. It is difficult as a parent to sort out the symptoms and figure out what is a little cold vs a major virus. It is always better to error on the side of caution, but what's reasonable caution and what's jumping at shadows?

With Crash, we sometimes find it even more challenging. When he runs a fever, his behavior does change, but for the better. The fever seems to take the intensity level down a notch and I find myself thinking, "Wow, he is having a great day." My second though is, "I bet he is sick."

Cash also has a different type of pain tolerance. He can fall or get hurt and not even notice. He also struggles to tell us where the pain is located. He woke up the other night screaming and rubbing his eye so hard it was swollen shut. One would think, there must be a problem with his eye. That would be a logical conclusion...

Wrong.

After an hour to calm him down, I asked him to show me where it hurts. He said his ear, and touched his throat. Hmmmm. My best guess? There is something wrong somewhere in his head... or throat... maybe. Gave him some Tylenol and sent him back to bed. He went down without a complaint, and stayed there all night. Not another peep about any type of pain. Who knows if he is sick or not. I will err on the side of caution and let the doctor figure this one out.

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