Ben isn’t feeling well.
We’d received word months ago that our insurance company had turned us down for Synagis for this RSV season. We didn’t really bother to challenge their decision. Ben is usually a very healthy little guy, and doesn’t have chronic heart or lung disease. So imagine our surprise when we got a phone call late last week from our pediatrician’s office – he had called personally and talked to our insurance company, and they approved it. What a wonderful doctor he is. So poor Ben got two shots today: his first Synagis shot, and a flu vaccine.
They gave him the shots in his right leg. That made him cranky all day, since one of his favorite things to do is to play with his right foot with his left hand and he couldn’t lift the leg up at all because it was so sore. He also seems to be running a low-grade fever tonight, although his arms are freezing. He’s not tolerating his usual tube feed volumes, and he whimpers softly every 30 minutes or so. We just gave him some Tylenol.
Poor little guy. I hope he bounces back tomorrow.
In other news, our almost 5 year old Dell laptop finally died after giving us about 9 months’ warning. The hard drive would work intermittently, and then yesterday it just didn’t anymore. Fortunately, we had just backed up our digital photos, so we only lost a few. Mark (with some advice from Lawrence the computer expert) bought me a brand new Toshiba laptop today. So far I like it OK, although it has a wide screen which seems a little weird to me at the moment. The battery on this one actually works, so I will be able to use it in different areas of the house rather than being tied to the upstairs desk. How will I get used to such freedom??
We are keeping the old laptop, and replacing the hard drive. We figure the kids can use it – other than the hard drive, it still works. We’re still in the market for a new desktop. The dinosaur that we’re using downstairs is even older than my laptop was – it is currently almost 7 years old. Mark wants to buy an iMac. We’d better start saving now.