On Monday afternoon/evening, Peyton started to get really fussy. He was acting like is belly hurt and pretty much just cried...and cried...and cried. I figured it was something I ate and didn't think a whole lot of it..
About midnight, he woke up screaming. When I picked him up, I felt really warm. I had Brent get the thermometer while I changed his diaper. His temp was 101.5. I called our pediatrician's office to talk to the on-call doctor... while it's not a crazy high temp, a temp in a baby less than three months old is very concerning.
The on-call doctor quickly called back and told me that I needed to take him to the ER. She said if we could, it probably would be best to go to Lansing, as there is a peds ER at the Sparrow main campus, but she also said it would be okay to go to Ionia if we needed to. I didn't really want to drive all the way to Lansing and knew that I couldn't go into the ER there by my self (it's where Michael was taken...), so I took Peyton to the Sparrow in Ionia.
When we got there, they took Peyton's temp again and it was the same as what I had gotten at home. The doctor came in quickly and checked him all out. He ordered a bunch of blood work, a nasal swab, and a chest x-ray. He explained fevers in new babies are very alarming and treated very seriously and require a large work up to make sure it's nothing serious since he can't say "my head hurts" or likewise.
They quickly worked to draw blood and start an IV. Once his IV was going, we were taken for a chest x-ray. Once tests started to come back negative, the doctor ordered some Tylenol in hopes of bring down Peyton's fever. About 4am, his temp was finally down to 100.1 (100.4 is considered a fever). Once the IV fluids were done, we were discharged with directions to take Peyton to the main campus of Sparrow to the ER if his fever got back up to 101 again or to follow up with his doctor in the morning. Finally around 5am, we got home and crawled back into bed. (On a side note... I was very impressed with the doctor and the nurses that took care of Peyton. I'm normally nervous taking my kids to the ER or Walk-In Clinic in Ionia, but they did a great job at this visit!)
Tuesday morning when we woke up, Peyton's temp was back up to 100.9. I called our pediatrician's office and took Peyton in at 11:00. Luckily we saw our normal doctor! Peyton screamed pretty much the whole way there and the whole time we were there. His doctor was concerned that he was inconsolable. He wanted me to try to nurse Peyton to see if that would calm him down. He eventually latched on for about 2 minutes and then fell asleep.
Peyton's doctor explained that at this age, Peyton is in a gray area for recommended treatment. Apparently, any baby with a fever under 6 weeks is automatically admitted to the hospital and started on antibiotics. At 6 to 8 weeks, it's a gray area if we just wait and see what happens or admit the baby. His doctor said that he was really on the fence about what to do, so he wanted us to head home and see how he did. He had me make a follow up appointment for Wednesday (the next day) and gave me a lab slip to have more labs done before the appointment. He told me though that if his fever started to go up any more or if he started screaming again, to give him a call.
We headed home and shortly after we left, Peyton started crying again and cried most of the way home. He was a little bit better once we got home, but soon his temp started to climb again and he was very fussy. I called the peds office and then waited for his doctor to call back. When he called, he decided the best option would be to admit Peyton for 48 hours of observation just in case he took a sudden turn for the worse. Right now the hospital isn't doing any direct admits and is wanted patients to be admitted through the ER, but because of our "situation," Peyton's doctor called and got the okay to do a direct admit for him.
About 2pm, Peyton and I headed back to the hospital. When we got there, we were sent to the peds unit and put in room 534... the same room Colby was in a year ago! (I am proud of my self... there were very few tears walking into the hospital and pass the ER...but I am very grateful that we were able to do a direct admit and I didn't have to go into the ER...)
The doctor came in shortly after we were there and asked lots of questions about what was going on with Peyton. It was determined that we needed to have a few more tests ran just to rule stuff out. They did a lumbar puncture to check for meningitis, a few more labs, another nasal swab, and an abdominal ultrasound. They also started him on IV fluids. Luckily, Peyton was seeming to feel a little better. He did still have a fever, but wasn't constantly screaming.
All of his tests kept coming back negative.. which was good, but didn't give us any answers as to what was going on. (His ultrasound did show some dilation in his kidneys, but the urologist determined it was nothing to do with his fever and may just be from all the extra fluids. We were told to follow up with his pediatrician about it and would most likely have another ultrasound in a month or so to double check things.)
By Wednesday morning, Peyton's fever was gone and he was started to act like his normal self again. He was starting to get congested though and his reflux was worse than normal, so he still wasn't "all better." During rounds on Wednesday, the wanted to try to give him some gas drops to help settle his belly and use suction to clean out his nose... both seemed to help. They told us that we still needed to wait until the 48 hour mark on the blood and urine cultures that were done in the ER, but as long as those were good and Peyton's temp stayed normal, that we would be discharged on Thursday morning.
Thursday morning finally came around, and we were discharge. The official guess for the cause of Peyton's fever was an upper respiratory infection.
I was once again impressed with the doctors and nurses at Sparrow. Like any hospital, it has its downfalls, but I was impressed with how much the they all seemed to care and wanted to make sure my baby boy was getting everything that he needed!
He's been good for the most part since we've been home. He still is a little congested, but so are the other three kiddos. As of right now, we are just going to follow up when Peyton has his two month well visit.
Daddy brought the big kids to come visit a couple times and they enjoyed playing with the big toys in the hallways and hanging out in Peyton's crib and watching TV. Grandma Franks, Aunt Kara, and Unlce Ian all came to visit too.
And... we didn't do Peyton's seven week block pictures... because we were in the hospital on Wednesday.. opps!