Monday, May 24, 2010

poor babies

I had my first experience with the twins being sick last week.
Maybe it's because it's been 14 years since I had a little one around, I don't know. But I hang my RN head low when I admit that it took me all day to figure out they weren't feeling well.
I probably should have noticed something wasn't right when they slept an hour longer for their morning nap (I was ecstatically doing laundry).
I should have had a clue when they didn't want to swing in the baby swings at the park.

this is a different "happy day" at the park...I didn't take pics of them crying
Or fussed over their afternoon bottle.
It finally dawned on me when they slept for another 3 hours and woke up feeling warm to the touch.

Of course, they didn't have those fancy ear thermometers when my kids were little and all my rectal thermometers have since disappeared (maybe it was after one of my kids used the wrong one to take his own temperature orally a few years back---"you put this where?!!!!" he said disgustingly--like I never cleaned it or something).

So I ran next door and asked my neighbor if she had an ear thermometer I could borrow. Her youngest is 5 so after a few minutes of searching she gave me an old one and said "I don't have anymore covers for it and I don't remember how to work it. Good luck."
I took it home and replaced the batteries and finally figured how to get around the "cover missing" error and got it to read.

The only problem was I couldn't (for the LIFE of me!) get it to switch to Fahrenheit.

Another shamefully nursing admission was I couldn't remember the formula to convert it.

And my Internet was down that day and my math genius daughter wasn't answering her text.

I was pretty pleased with myself when I found a way to figure it out.
It was about the same time that the Hubby called.

After relating my story of not being able to find a thermometer in our house to the whole Fahrenheit conversion mystery....which was (in his defense) a little long and he probably wasn't paying very close attention to my story due to the fact he was busy at work...
I triumphantly exclaimed "So I finally got out the meat thermometer....."

"You what?!! You can't stick a meat thermometer in a babies...."

I used it to convert the temperature from Celsius to Fahrenheit!"

"you want to stick that sharp pointy thing where?"


Brian Miller said...

ha. a eat that face...i think i would be making it too. hope tey are feeling better...the superhero hats rock!

blueviolet said...

I'm glad you got it all figured out and that's actually pretty genius of you to think of a meat thermometer!

rxBambi said...

haha I love it. Those hats are so dang cute!

Oh and F=9/5C + 32


DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

That's funny. When I saw the picture of the meat thermometer, I thought the same thing....WHEW!

sheri... said...

tori, this was marvelous! you took me from 'oh, poor babies' to laughing in just a few moments!! it's funny how the meat thermometer was what caught his attention!! i say it was great thinking on your part! whose little darlings are they, the twins?

Baino said...

Haha . . double trouble when twins get sick! I use a normal thermometer for my horses and nope, it doesn't go under their tongue. Just hope nobody mistakes it for one that does!

Charis & Judah's Mom said...

So, were they medium rare?

Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

Oh my goodness!! Their little chubby cheeks are so adorable and I am totally digging the super hero hats!! I hope they are feeling better!!

CindyLM said...

Hi,I just discovered you blog, it is very well done,a good mix of information and funny. I was actually wondering around what age did you start switching your kids from the rectal method to another form. Did you switch them all at the same age or did it vary depending on your child. I still do my 2 year old's like that but am thinking of maybe switching. For the record, I do it rectal cause I've found the ear to not be too accurate and the underarm is never accurate. Your thoughts would be much appreciated. All the best in the new year!!