Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Skirt! Blogista; Other Arrangements Can't Always Be Made

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Skirt! Blogista; Other Arrangements Can't Always Be Made

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Byline: MELODY LOVE

My 5-year-old is sick. It started yesterday. We had our Day of Nothing and laid in bed watching movies all day. She ate a little breakfast, and at some point she started complaining of her legs hurting.

After our third movie, I warmed up some leftovers, and we went down to eat supper. It was maybe 6 p.m. or so, she ate about half of her dinner, then went to bed. I went in about 10 minutes later and felt her, and since all mommies have a built in thermometer, I knew she had a fever. 100.4 degrees.

She was asleep within a few minutes, and I figured that she'd sleep it off and be fine in the morning. At 9:30 p.m. she woke up screaming. I ran down the stairs, she said her legs hurt really bad, and she was on fire. I grabbed the thermometer. 104 degrees. I gave her a good dose of acetaminophen and stayed by her side.

It was late, so I texted a few co-workers to make arrangements for that day. I knew I wouldn't be in. One of those people was my boss, and I let her know the situation and said that I would call her in the morning. I made all necessary arrangements so that I could stay home and take care of Scarlett.

I sat in bed next to her, trying to cool and comfort her with some rags. I took her temperature after the acetaminophen and it had gone down to 101.7 degrees. I continued with the cool rags, and after another 20 or so minutes, she didn't get any cooler. Another temp check, 102.7 degrees. How is it going up? So I put her in a lukewarm tub. That did the trick, and I at least had her temp below 101 degrees. …

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