How sick is he? Should we send him to school?
August 6, 2012
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August 6, 2012
(originally written & published on August 6, 2012)
Here’s another little thing that the folks with NT kids that can talk take for granted.
Kyle woke up feeling a little warm this morning. He had few sneezes and one cough.
He won’t let us take his temperature by mouth or by ear. He’s too old to take his temp in the rear. And we’ve yet to find or invest in a good/accurate forehead thermometer.
So we’re stuck with guessing and trying under the arm which can be 2 degrees lower than the actual temp.
I tried under the arm. And he was 97.5 degrees. So does that mean 99.5?
So then beings the discussion between the me and the wife.
“Should we send him to school?”
“Is this the beginning of something?”
“Will going to school make it worse?”
“The doctor always says not to worry about anything below 100.5”
“But now that he has seizures do we have to be more cautious with fevers?”
“But it’s his last week of summer school and he’s really been enjoying it. I’d hate for him to miss the last few days.”
“If he stays home are we keeping him home because we’re afraid that sending him to school will make it worse or are we keeping him home to prevent other kids from catching it?”
Etc, etc, etc. I don’t want this to sound like we are in a panic. We know it’s just a cold or something but we still have a decision to make…
School or no school?
Meanwhile Kyle was acting totally normal… bouncing on his ball watching Sesame probably wondering what all the fuss is about. But then he’d sit still on the couch for a bit longer than usual…
“Maybe he’s lethargic. Should I keep him home?”
I left for work and the wife was still undecided.
If only the dude would tell us!! Or act sick when he’s sick!
She brought him to school a half hour late and told the teachers the whole story, told them to watch him closely and to call her and she’d pick him up early if he showed any signs of fever or a bad cold.
No calls… He had a pretty typical day at school. A little more bitey/ nibbly/ frisky / spitty than usual but that’s about it.
You’d think after 9 years we’d know what to do when our kid is sick, but every time we have the same discussions/ debates.
And there’s no pattern to it… sometimes he gets a cough, sneeze low grade fever and it leads to nothing and sometimes that’s the slow beginning to some week long infection that requires antibiotics.
There’s no method to the madness…
If only he could tell is what he’s feeling…
Although usually when he is sick, he becomes more typical. He’s actually a pleasure when he’s sick. There’s data that backs it up. Google the autism fever effect.
Here’s a TIME Magazine article on it…
Anyway, he seems fine tonight except slightly more saliva play / juiciness and slightly more hyper. So I’m sure tomorrow morning we’ll be having the same debate.
And all this is positioned against the backdrop of us going on a week long lake vacation next week and we don’t want him sick while we’re away…
Anyway that’s my new long rambling blog post…
Over and out…
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Written byFrank Campagna
I’m a 48 year old neurotypical dad with a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-).