We had a very scary night last night. Nathan developed a sudden fever over 103 degrees (Mark stopped at that) and he couldn't walk. Every symptom is scary when the front of your son's head is completely swollen. So Mark took him to CHOP again. I think it was a culmination of us both being nervous the last couple of days that when he spiked a fever and couldn't walk, we panicked. And panicking is not always bad. It turns out that they think Nathan has the flu. He had a chest x-ray which was clear and looked him over again. The doctors said that they have seen all kinds of crazy flu symptoms this year so his swollen eyes could be due to the flu or the hematoma. The good thing about CHOP is that they see so much they really normalize things. So even though this hematoma looks crazy to us and we cannot imagine that it will be okay, they have seen it before and have reassured us that he is fine. So anyway, after Mark left with Nathan our minds were just racing and we were very scared. Libby was crying and scared that he was not going to be okay. I assured her (and myself) that Nathan was safer at CHOP than he was here at home. Mark was at CHOP until well into the night with Nathan-emailing me with updates. (To top off our wonderful streak I drowned my brand new Iphone that I have had for less than three weeks after having my previous phone for almost three years!)
Nathan looks a little better today. Each day the improvement is marginal. Libby came home early from school yesterday because she had a headache. She missed her chorus concert and I let her stay home today. I thought she needed it after the craziness of this week. Bennett stayed home too just because. We had a great day and I tried to not worry about things that need to be done around the house or projects I want to finish. I just hung out with the kids, especially Libby.
So Libby and Bennett are off to school tomorrow and Nathan will definitely be out the rest of this week. They have off on Monday for Martin Luther King day so I'm not sure if he will be ready on Tuesday. He will definitely still have the hematoma because it is not going down anytime soon. The doctors said it could take weeks to go down. The difficult part is not reading and worrying about every little thing with Nathan. He is very cranky and irritable which is not like him at all. With head injuries they always say to look for personality changes but of course if he has the flu he is going to be cranky and miserable. Anyway, sorry this is very scattered-off to bed and hoping Nathan will continue to feel a little bit better each day.