Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Until yesterday I don't think I had ever heard of the viral infection called Roseola. Unfortunately for our household, we know it very well now.

On Friday evening, Caleb had a high temperature of 102.7 right before bedtime. He had been a little more snuggly than usual, but I thought it may be caused by him teething again. I gave him some infant Tylenol and he fell asleep. On Saturday, he seemed to be his normal self. He played hard at the Creative Discovery Museum and had worn himself out by 6:00 in the evening. He climbed onto the couch with me and passed out. He seemed so peaceful and comfortable that I let him sleep there for an hour. When Ryan picked him up to put him in bed, he noticed he was burning up again. Caleb slept just fine, so we thought nothing of it.

On Sunday, he spent the day with his Nana and Pappy. They noticed he just wasn't his usual energetic self. By this time, I knew something had to be wrong. When we got him home, he had a fever again. His sleep was very restless. About every hour or so, Ryan and I took times getting up to comfort him. He would wake up screaming, but never had a temperature. Then next morning, I noticed a rash all over his body.

Our pediatrician saw us early Monday morning. Caleb's regular doctor is on vacation this week, so we saw one of his partners. Dr. M was very thorough with Caleb and ordered a blood test. When he told me to go to the lab and come right back to his office, I admit that I was just terrified. I knew this couldn't be good news.

When we got to the lab another toddler was having blood drawn. Poor Caleb watched and just trembled when he saw the other baby screaming. I just knew it wasn't going to be a good experience for us. When it was Caleb's turn, he sat in my lap and babbled to the lab lady. She stuck his finger, he wimpered just a bit, and allowed her to squeeze his finger to get a sample. I was so proud of him! He sat there brave as could be! Never once did he pitch a fit or jerk away....and he got his very first sticker! I put it on his shirt and he just smiled up at me. Despite being scared, it was a sweet moment for us.

Luckily for us, we had instant results and I bravely took the test into Dr. M's office. He came in, looked it over, and sighed with relief. He explained that Caleb had a viral infection called roseola and there really wasn't much we could to do treat it. Lucky for us the worst part (the fever) was over. With roseola, a young child will run a high fever for several days and when it breaks, the rash shows up. The rash is not contagious at all but it just looks terrible. The infection incubates in the child's system for 5 to 15 days, the fever comes and the infection can spread to others, and then the rash comes out. So, we are definitely on the downhill side of this! Supposedly this is very common in young children and spreads easily. There's no telling when he picked it up because there are some children who never show many symptoms of it. The most dangerous part of this sickness is the high fever spike. Some children can have a febrile convulsion, but we were so very fortunate Caleb's didn't get too high!

Caleb spent the day with his Giggy since he couldn't go to school. Aunt Debbie came for a visit. Caleb seemed to feel a lot better! I don't have a great picture of the rash, but this is the closest he let me get to taking a picture of it....

Dad and Belle, super chi!
Hugging on Aunt Debbie

Playing with toys...

Being silly with Giggy

Showing Granddaddy toys
He's crazy about this monkey!

Playing with a squirrel....

You could tell he really felt better last night after a nice bath and a relaxing day with his Giggy....

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