Linda here… again…
Elizabeth asked me to fill in for her again tonight. She was feeling somewhat better this morning – well enough to have a shower, roll to the video store and make it back in one piece. She hadn't been outside since Saturday and wasn't going to be able to get to the video store for a few days so took a calculated risk and when to pick up some DVDs. Her fever had gone down to the level it was on Sunday. Things were starting to look up. But then she went for her afternoon nap and woke up feeling worse. She has slept 12 of the last 24 hours.
She asked me to thank everyone for your input and advice. She’s taking the ibuprofen orally (said thanks, but no thanks, to the suppositories - I'd say the same if I had a choice) and has been wearing the cool packs pretty much constantly all day.
Elizabeth: "My fever is getting worse."
Linda: "You don’t feel very hot." I touched her chest and face and it wasn't that hot. But then, I didn't take into consideratin she had been wearing cold packs for 24 hours and burning through them very quickly. As her normal temperature is lower than mine, her fever was about the same as my normal temperature.
Elizabeth: "My eyes are burning and my head hurts. That happens when I have a fever. My temperature is up too." She explains the stuff I can't see in hopes I'll understand that she really does have a fever.
Linda: "How about I run you a warm bath?" I'm thinking we need to get her temperature down and we could start with a warm/tepid bath and gradually make it cooler.
Elizabeth does not like that idea. She's been covered with cold packs all day and the thought of being submersed into more cold does not appeal. She remembers that I've never had that experience before nor have I put a cold pack on my chest or worn her cooling vest.
Elizabeth: "How about you take off your hoodie, t-shirt and bra and take the cooling vest out of the fridge and put it on." She asks, trying to help me understand what she's going through.
Linda: "Okay." So I did. It’s like putting on a wet bathing suit after it has been lying around for an hour. It was cold and clammy. I'm beginning to understand how she's feeling about these cooling devices and why she looks at me with dread sometimes as I approach with one.
Elizabeth: "How would you like to have that on 24 hours a day and sleep with it like I did last night?"
Linda: "Well, if it were a summer heat wave I don’t think it would be too bad. But if I had a fever I don’t think I’d like it at all." It made by boobs cold just wearing it for 5 minutes - what would four hours do to me? Note to self: take it out of the fridge well before Elizabeth needs it.
Elizabeth (taking off the towel wrapped around the cold pack and reapplying): "If it’s just cool (wrapped in the towel) it doesn’t work. It’s only when it hurts that it’s cold enough. And the fever still won’t break."
We compromised and an hour ago she moved from the study to the living room where we have the air conditioner blowing steadily. We thought we’d try cooling her off this way as the study generates heat from the computer and the air coming through the window wasn’t all that cool.
We decided sitting in the hospital in an un-airconditioned room for 5 hours didn’t seem like a good idea. If we need to, we’ll go to our GP’s office and see one of the doctors there.
Will keep you posted tomorrow on her progress.
5 hours ago