Sunday, April 19, 2009

I heart suppositories!

Jaysen came home from school on Friday- spiking another mystery fever. It's strange because he exhibits no other symptoms, other than a fever of 103.
We've gone through the horrors of having a sensory defensive child, who cannot tolerate oral medication. Like a trooper, he gave it valiant effort after valiant effort... and threw up every time. Poor guy.
With all the stories of kids dying from seemingly routine illnesses- my freak-o-meter was starting to kick into action.
I decided Jaysen no longer had a choice. The Fever was coming down whether it liked it or not. I went to the drugstore and sought the pharmacist. She remembered me (as the mom whose kid can't take oral meds) and pointed me to the acetaminophen suppositories.
As much as I did not want to do this to my child, I felt it was the only thing left to try. I summoned my inner Mara for courage.
I took Jaysen's temperature- 102.3.
He whimpered and cried that he had to take medicine.
I told him we were going to try "butt medicine".
He screamed.
I explained that we would try it once, and he reluctantly agreed to it.
Swoop!
Right after it was in, he said "Hey, that wasn't so bad! It didn't hurt! And I didn't throw up!"
"Aww. I'm so glad, sweetie."
"I love butt-medicine! It's way better than mouth-medicine!"
Um... okay...
Later that night, he wanted me to take his temperature.
100.8
Jaysen said, "Okay! Time for butt-medicine!"
Sweet.
I am so relieved that I have an avenue now. I don't have to worry as much about high fevers lasting for days, rushing him to the hospital for a shot, or trying to gauge if he actually absorbed any of the medicine before it came back up. That is such an awesome feeling.
Now if I can only find vegetable suppositories...
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10 comments:

Niksmom said...

Soooo glad you found a solution that Jaysen can tolerate.

Mna, I can't wait to see what kind of hits you get ongoogle searches all because of the phrase "vegetable suppositories!" LOL

Shea's Mom said...

Wow, who knew?

Acetaminophen suppositories! Wish I had come up with that.

Congratulations

datri said...

"vegetable suppositories" ROFL!!!! We need some of those around here!

Meg said...

I had no idea! I am adding those to my grocery list now. And yes to the vegie suppositories, and cough medicine suppositories, and amoxicillin suppositories, and....

mommy~dearest said...

OMG Niksmom- I didn't even think of that! Hahahahahaaaaa....

Bobbi said...

Hey, we need some vegitable ones here too! We have to use the supossitory ones for Parker and he totally prefers it to oral medicine. He pukes every time he tries tylenol also. I heart them too! Lol!

Mama Mara said...

I'm honored, fellow sister of the butt bullet.

Vegetable suppositories -- genius!

Queenbuv3 said...

I used these for the first time on my 10 year old son who has Autism and Epilepsy when he had the flu and had a 103 temp for 2 days. Where has "butt medicine" been all his life!? So easy to use and they work! I use to dread him getting a high temp because he could have a break through siezure and I hated seeing him suffer : ( He refuses to take oral medicine no matter how much I beg and tell him he will feel better. 3 cheers for suppositories!!!

Max's Dad said...

My son will not take medicine. Spits it out and has a major tantrum. It's a nightmare especially when he has a serious need for a cough suppressant or panadol.

I heart panadol suppositories too.

No mess, quick and I am certain the dose is correct and it's in him!

When he spits it out I have no idea of whether he has swallowed any. It's useless.

Anyone know of a cough suppressant suppository?

Momasina said...

We use them too, for my Autistic 6 year old. I find I can get the Feverall acetaminophen suppositories in 325 mg at drugstore.com, since a lot of our pharmacies dont carry them. I keep them in the fridge for fevers and such...All hail suppositories!