In medical terms, here is a definition from Wikepedia:
Periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis and adenitis or periodic fever aphthous pharyngitis and cervical adenopathy (PFAPA) syndrome is a medical condition, typically starting in young children, in which high fever occurs periodically at intervals of about 3–5 weeks, frequently accompanied by aphthous ulcers, pharyngitis and/or adenitis.
Sounds like a mouthful, doesn't it?? But, alas, this is what Kyra has and suffers from. They say she will outgrow it eventually. We have been to a specialist, and I must admit that I need to follow up with her again. Kyra has been on 2 different kinds of medications for this. The first medication she had to take when the 'episode' began. This, however, made the fevers appear closer together...so she got one every 2 weeks instead of every 5-6 weeks. The second medication she had to take on a daily basis and would eventually make the fevers stop all together. And so, under false pretenses, they stopped and we stopped with the meds (doctor said she wouldn't need to take meds once they stopped) and we never went back. And so, we can put a big fat F in the mommy category for that. Because, obviously the fevers have not stopped. I don't like taking medication for everything and I didn't want my baby girl to be 'hooked' on a medication.
and just in case you're really interested, here is one more link with information:
Todays 'episode' included a high fever (103.1), headache, chills, vomiting (that was fun in the car), and lathargy. Generally I can tell when one is coming on and I start with the whole motrin/tylenol cycle. But, when she said she wasn't that hungry this morning, I chalked it up to the 1st day of school jitters. Guess not... I just wish she would tell me about the headache...but I think she didn't want to miss out on the first day of school and so she didn't want to tell me. She hates and always has hated having to miss things b/c if this dam fever. I hate these fevers and feel so bad for her when they hit. But she sure is a trooper about it.
And so, we will send her to school tomorrow as long as she is up for it. These fevers are not contagious...just a pain in the ass!!
Good thought about hubby today: he stopped at BJ's for me in the pouring rain
What makes me happy: 1st Day of School...
What's up tomorrow: All about Max... now, there's some funny and not so funny crap!!