Daily Archives: September 14, 2009

Gimme Fever

The freshmen start Friday's 2K cross-country race.

The freshmen start Friday's 2K cross-country race.

I know that I’m several hours later with this blog post, but, really, I have a good excuse. I present the photo above as the note from my doctor.

Tyler early in the 2K race

Tyler early in the 2K race

See this handsome lad above? That’s Tyler, another freshman on the #2 son’s cross-country team. Long after the 2K race ended, his mom Jennifer Facebooked (yes, it’s a verb!) Saturday that he woke up with a 102-degree fever. Oh, oh! Every parent knows how fever and the flu tend to spread like wildfire through teams and schools. And you can bet your bottom dollar (whatever that is) that there were plenty of germinators on the other teams at the meet and in our school infecting our athletes.

The #2 son keeps up early in the race.

The #2 son keeps up early in the race.

I felt #2’s forehead Saturday morning; it was cool. Off #2 and the Mister went to play in a disc golf tournament. I repeated the feel-the-forehead exercise Saturday night when they returned and Sunday morning. No cause for alarm. Meanwhile, poor Tyler still was feverish and poised for a Monday morning doctor appointment.

Then at 3 p.m. Sunday, #2’s forehead felt a little warm. He laid down for several hours. When he got up . . . 101-degree fever. Oh, oh! We did the Tylenol dance the rest of the day: The medicine would knock the fever back down for several hours, but it would rise again when it wore off.

With #2 still feeling a little too warm, we went to see Dr. Dave this morning to test for flu and strep. His nurse practitioner Kami gave us the good news: Negative for both (Jennifer reported that Tyler also tested negative). Just a normal, everyday, garden-variety fever. #2 already is feeling better with hopes (by me!) of returning to school tomorrow. Oh, and Reid, another freshmen on the team, was sick today, too!

And so that’s why I’m posting late. Well, that and stopping for lunch and getting up to refresh #2’s water bottle and meet his every need as Nurse Mom!

Now I’m just hoping the rest of us stay healthy!