... no, not Happy Valley ... sorry to disappoint.
Earlier in the week Tay gave us a good little scare when she had a 104.6 temperature. We were a little surprised when Kaiser's advice nurse told us we didn't need to bring her in because she didn't have any other symptoms besides the fever. I guess I always had heard that if a child's temperature hits 104, they should be brought to the ER. Oh well ... guess that's why I'm not a doctor.
So anyway, we gave her some Motrin and her temperature dropped down to 102. Wednesday evening, though, she started an innocent little stream of coughs. But that little stream of coughs kept going and going and going - all day Thursday, all day Friday, and all day Saturday. Between the fever and the cough, we started to think it might be something more than just the usual round of viruses going around, so we brought her in Saturday afternoon. A couple chest x-rays later, lo & behold ... Tay has pneumonia.
Because she's so young & small, they wanted to treat it aggressively by putting her onto IV antibiotics right away. And so, for the very first time in her life, Tay had a needle poked into her little body. She did absolutely fantastic. Sure, she cried ... but she didn't fight it a bit. The nurses kept commenting on how they'd never had a toddler who hadn't fought it. I think she did better than I did (for those who know me, you know I've blacked out on more than one occasion when needles were being waved around ... not to mention being blacklisted from ever donating plasma again for that same reason...this is Drew posting by the way).
Anyway, after all was said & done on Saturday, they decided to leave the heplock in her hand so they wouldn't have to re-poke her for a second round of antibiotics the next day. So Tay got to come home and spend the night with a nice little souvenier on her arm! We lovingly dubbed it her "mitten". We weren't sure how well she'd function around the house with it, but boy, she and Kohen Jensen must take their marching orders from the same person! It didn't slow her down a bit!
Well, so after a lot of pacifier sucking and a second round of IVs on Sunday, Tay was feeling a lot better. Cough gone, fever gone ... and hopefully, no more needles for a long, long time.