Following your mommy gut will never lead you wrong.
Recently my kiddos got pretty sick. It came on fast and it came on hard. My oldest was fine when he went to school, came home and he curled up in a blanket saying how cold he was, well this momma didn’t miss a beat and grabbed the thermometer to see what was going on. 105?!?!?! What?!?!?! Let’s try this again….105!!!!!! Okay something isn’t right. With a dose of over the counter med (OTC) he was off to bed for the night.
The next morning no difference so we went straight to the local “urgent care” which isn’t so urgent if you know what I mean but we sat there and waited our turn. Finally we got called back for in-take and we go through the vitals and when did this start, what symptoms does he have, what medicine has he been taking, feeling my nerve that he hasn’t even had this for 24 hours and will most likely be a viral bug and a waste of our time and theirs but hey 105+ temps are nothing to mess with.
As we moved to a room, there we began the waiting came, explained to the nurse everything we just said during the in-take and again to the doctor once he came. “Let’s run some tests” he said, so a chest x-ray, a strep test, a urine test all to as I assumed would be negative and lead us to an “it’s viral” diagnosis. Homeward bound.
As the day progressed so did the symptoms of my little guys as well as my gut feeling that an “it’s viral” diagnosis just wasn’t it, there was more to the story.
I am in no way shape or form a medical professional, I do watch Grey’s Anatomy every week which leads me to believe: I am still NOT a medical professional but when a momma bear knows there is something wrong with one of her cubs it’s like this burning in your tummy, anxious yet inquisitive what if sensation that you can’t shake even if you did try to believe the doctor that has met your kid for a micro-second.
As I said his signs and symptoms progressed which lead us to a God-Awful wait in the local ER. What a great way to spend my Friday night. His fever began to increase and the nurses checked on him in the waiting room, HELLO infectious being sitting here among all these other people who don’t look half as sick as this kid. Finally a room, a doc, and more tests. After several hours of waiting and two books later we have a diagnosis and yes I totally just said that in my best Doc McStuffins voice impression, Influenza A.
It’s amazing how right that “mommy gut” is. Several times in the life span so far of my children, it has never once steered me wrong. My oldest at 18 months was showing signs of becoming sicker than the average cold. As a new mom everyone said I was paranoid but I followed my gut, the only person telling me I’m wrong and being a crazy first time mom was going to be someone with an MD behind their last name. HA! Come to find he had pneumonia. That was the first time I knew that this whole “mommy gut” thing was the real deal.
I urge every new mom and mom’s that have been around the block a few times, these doctors no matter how good they may be and I give total props to the docs out there they do their absolute best but YOU are with your child every day not them. You know that this cough is the cold cough and this cough is the pneumonia cough, well at least in my case. You know the ins and outs of your child, short of knowing how many hairs are on top of their head, you can’t count them believe me I tried, you know every little thing there is about your child even if they don’t.
My son had no idea he was running a fever all he knew is he was cold and tired. You know the look of your child when they don’t feel well. The “urgent care” doctors see so many patients they go by the facts that are visible to them, they don’t know your child’s eyes normally don’t have dark circles or EVER complains of being cold, this kid was born sweating. You know what is best for your child and for the record there is no shame in asking for second opinions and that shouldn’t offend a doctor either they should be happy to have someone else give the same diagnosis.
Every child isn’t the “textbook” version of what they learned in med school, this is why I prefer an older doctor for my children someone who has a bit of experience under their belt. You held your child for months within you, they will always be a part of you.
You know that “twin intuition” people talk about, the phenomenon that when one twin is hurt the other feels it even though they are nowhere near. I strongly feel that is the same as “mommy gut” you feel what your child feels.
Follow that “mommy gut” and it will never lead you wrong.
P.S. The picture above is my “in-home mini mommy nurse station” since two of my kiddos now have the flu. Yay us!