Big T¬†woke up with a fever of 99.5C, and so he had to stay home today. ūüôĀ Mr.¬†T is at home this time, while I try to get some work done in the lab.

These last couple of weeks, I have learned a few things about worrying over the children and whether or not they have serious health issues, or if it is just another cold/virus.

1)¬†Never, ever, ever¬†google, webMD or wikipedia anything health related, or any “symptoms” they might have. I spent about an hour yesterday crying because I was convinced that Big T was showing symptoms of diabetes. And last week, I was positive that Little T had H1N1 influenza.

2) If in doubt, call the clinic. They like you to call first, and they have heard it all so…just call. Make an appointment if you have to see a doctor or speak with a nurse…

3) Trust your instincts. Your parenting instincts. You know more than you think you know.

4) This is the scientist in me:¬†¬†Really, what are the odds that your child a serious ailment? Take diabetes for instance. The risk of developing juvenile (type 1) diabetes without any family history is 0.4% (4 in 1000). If I were presented with similar odds of winning a million dollars, I would think “yeah, I have little to no chance of winning”.¬†Using the same line of logic, I¬†figure it is highly unlikely that¬†Big T¬†would have juvenile diabetes. Not impossible. Just highly, highly¬†unlikely.

5) Most importantly, I do realize that many families have children with serious health problems.¬†My heart goes out to them and I ¬†am grateful and thankful to God everyday that my children are healthy. There are some things money can’t buy and this is just one of them.

Anyway, back¬† to my main point…Big T has a runny nose/cold¬†and a low-grade fever, and most likely caught whatever Little T was spreading around last week. This is what I’m going with.