Sorry I took last week off from blogging. Had a lot going on. Which was compounded by my 2.5 year old daughter being the sickest she has ever been, in her life. If you keep up with my blogs or if you're a patient of mine then you probably already know that I have a very different viewpoint on the body than most. I don't look at being sick as a bad thing. If you are throwing up, your body is obviously trying to get something out of you. So interfering with the nausea is probably not a good idea. If your body breaks out in rash, it is having a reaction for a reason. If your body is running a fever, then it is obviously trying to kill something. The fever is part of the body's healing process, popping a Tylenol at the first sign of a temperature isn't that good of an idea. Probably why kids are so sick these days. When your body is running a fever your interferon levels are peaking, who know's what else it may be killing.
So my daughter was running a fever last week. It's not the first time she has ran a fever, but it's definitely the longest. It lasted for 3 days. And you know, you always have a plan for situations like this. I know how the body works, I know this a natural process. But when you are faced with the situation it can be tough, even for me. So don't be discouraged, it's hard to watch your kid battle with something like this. When she has had a fever in the past it was usually like a 24 hour thing, and I think the highest she has ever had one was 103. This one was over 102 for 2 days, and peaked at 103.8. Pushed me close to my limits. Even though I know that if I gave her a Motrin, most likely the sickness would drag on longer. And I would be interfering with the healing process. But the thought of all of us getting a better nights sleep was very tempting, I'll be honest. Waking up through out the night checking on your kid, switching cold rags throughout the night is not fun. Even though I know that even if the temperature reaches 106 the body will start to self cool, and that a febrile seizure in itself is not dangerous. But even with knowing all of this, it's a lot tougher when it's you kid. But I stuck to my guns, I treated the child not the temperature, which she was in good spirits, besides one night having some hallucinations when the fever was at it's highest. But she got through it. Now I have my personal limits, to how high I'm comfortable with a fever getting. For me, it's 104, which my daughter tip toed at. But her immune system is so much stronger for going through this with out intervention. Keep in mind, my wife and I don't just sit around watching her suffer. We treat her with a list of vitamins, herbs, homeopathic medicine, essential oils, tepid baths, etc. But we let the fever run it's course. It's not always easy making the best decisions for your kids, but often the hardest are the most rewarding.
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