Fever remains...but lower, which a good thing, right?
Decided to finally throw in the towel and take her to the doctor. But only for a strep and influenza swab. Can't throw in the towel too much.
Let me explain. I'm a nurse. I'm convinced this is either strep throat (for which the doc will see her if she's positive) or the flu (for which we can do nothing at this point, but wait it out).
Back to the story...
We arrive at the clinic and check in for a "lab walk-in". The lady at the desk informs me that for a flu swab, she'll need to see a doctor. Boo!! I "hmmmm" and "haaaaa" and decide that I don't want to spend my hard earned money on seeing a doctor (that isn't even our primary) only to have him order a flu swab, it come back positive, and him tell me to "push fluids, rest, and come back if it gets worse".
Yeah, I know that already.
So, I said skip it. The flu swab was only for my own peace of mind in case anyone else gets sick.
They swab my girl's throat (and teach her to hold her left thumb tight across her left palm and squeeze it so she doesn't gag...it worked!)...and we go out to wait.
In the waiting room, we ran into another local family with oodles of kids like us, and they tell us it's been running through their house for 2 weeks.
We get called back..."Negative". And guess what the nurse tells me?
"Push fluids, rest, and come back if it gets worse!"
I'm now convinced it is influenza. And my poor girl just has to fight it out.
I offered to take a nap with her (aren't I a great mom?!!), but she said "I feel worse when I sleep."
Guess what she's currently doing?
Poor peanut can't stay awake...