Out of nowhere, Ryan became extremely agitated. Well, not exactly “out of nowhere”, as he had a restless night. His temperature overnight moved around a lot, but never exceeded 101.0 degrees.
He seemed to have calmed after he was dressed and up for the day. Then, about an hour or so later he suddenly began showing signs of discomfort. I lifted his shirt and could see he was flush and could feel the heat coming off him. I grabbed the thermometer. 103.8!
I put him on a mat on the floor (an exercise table would have been extremely helpful just then) and removed his clothes. Rechecking his temperature showed 104.6. In less than ten minutes he went up 1.2 degrees. He was heading into the storm unless this was turned around. And fast.
I grabbed a basin and filled it with icy water. I threw in a couple dozen wash clothes and went to get the fan. After turning on the fan and wiping him down with frigid water I rechecked his temperature. 105.0. I rolled him on his side to allow more body surface area to cool. I turned on the main floor’s air conditioning.
Recheck… 105.0 still. Damn!
Time for an icy towel bath.
If you’ve never done this, give it a try… wash your hair in icy water. Not much for creating those suds. It is borderline painful.
After washing his whole body, I rechecked his temperature. 103.8. Nice! The sudden upswing, followed by a sudden down swing let me know this was not an infection. Something was bothering him in a big way. Unfortunately, I didn’t take time to access what it might have been because his condition didn’t allow it. In reality, it could be anything. ANYTHING! From needing to go to the bathroom to sitting on a wrinkle or a really bad itch. Who knows?
Within an hour he was back to normal. I took advantage of the situation to trim his nails, clean his ears, and all the little things we just do (like get the lint out of our belly buttons). These are typically weekend tasks that Sue tends to, so she owes me! 🙂
I need to wrap up, as our video conference with IRBF will begin in a few minutes. Again, I intend to put out a post sometime afterwards.