Complications

Trip Start Jan 16, 2007
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Trip End Mar 01, 2007


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Friday, January 19, 2007

I was a fool to anticipate a restful night. Lucy's temperature began rising after my last entry. She finally fell asleep about 9:30 p.m., her temperature reduced by maximum doses of Tylenol. Jonathan, as if on cue, decided he wanted some attention, and was very fussy to put down -- a bit of gas was all it turned out to be, but a squawking baby for 45 minutes after all this is so stressful.

After we finally get him settled, we discover Lucy is very wet and sweaty--clammy but no fever. We try to change her shirt but she wants no part of that, and won't let us put her covers on.

Just before 1am, her temperature dropped alarmingly low -- 35.4. When we try to take off her wet shirt, she goes into hysterics.

I've never experienced anything so horrible--and hopefully never will again. Her poor little body struggling against taking her shirt off, screaming at Julie "NO! NO!" over and over with all the power of her little lungs. Flailing. She only needed to spew Latin for it be more more
alarming.

I had to just watch most of this, doing nothing, because I had Jonathan sleeping right against me and if I moved I'd likely wake him.

In the end, we both pin her down and get her shirt off, but nothing will entice her to leave a new dry one on, or put a sheet over her. "I don't want to be hot!!!!" she screams repeatedly.

We finally elect to just leave her in her shorts. She subsides and sleeps, but it's an eon before we do. Julie is crying a lot, so concerned for "my little girl, my own." And me? Cuba was my idea. My campaign.

I think maybe it's time to end this trip. I promise to call the airline in the morning and find out what it will cost to get us home.
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therin
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Hope you decide to stay!
Oh, my dears, what a dreadful time.But kids are so resilient, if you can manage to find calm and rest for yourselves I'm sure Lucy will be fine now.I'm reminded of Tristan having a night terror (only the once, thank goodness!)during which he screamed at the top of his lungs for ages with eyes open and was completely unresponsive to me. I DID pray in the face of that Linda Blair impersonation!
I don't expect Lucy will have more fever or excessive cooling, but if it does start up again don't worry about her getting too cold unless she starts to shiver. It's good to sponge with tepid water as well as giving the Tylenol;if she shivers, just stop for a while, and then start the sponging again later.
I'll tell you my travel saga when I get back!!Love, Therin

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