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".
I explained that we would try it once, and he reluctantly agreed to it.
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!"
Later that night, he wanted me to take his temperature.
Jaysen said, "Okay! Time for butt-medicine!"
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...