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Oh nooo! My temp is 102.3!!!

post #1 of 25
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I dont feel bad, a bit sleepy but nothing bad, I have taken it over the course of 3 hours and it is just geting worse.
I have clinicals tomorrow and if I dont go they will drop me from he class.
What do I do?? Go in and take the risk of infecting people who have just had heart surgery, I have no idea what is wrong, with me, risk my own helath by going in with a big fever? HELP!!
post #2 of 25
Well, if you're going to be around post-op patients with a fever like that, the answer is STAY HOME!! Ask any of your superiors and I would definitely think that would be their answer.

Talk to whoever you can and explain the situation. Maybe they can set something up for you to make up the time missed or something where you wouldn't be dropped. Stress that you don't want to be a risk to the patients. Surely they can understand that.

As far as your health, take some sort of fever reducer and see if it comes down in about half an hour. A steadily climbing fever never means good things. You probably just have some minor virus/infection if you aren't feeling bad. Get to bed early and drink lots and LOTS of water. Hope you feel better and everything works out with your clinicals!!
post #3 of 25
Take 2 aspirin or ibrophonen, drink lots of water, crawl into be and check in the morning...If your temp is high still don't risk it infecting other people is not good. Try and reschedule I am sure they will understand.
post #4 of 25
they will drop you from the class?? What kind of school does this?? It's crazy. I wouldn't go and I'd dispute it if they drop me from the class and throw a fit.
post #5 of 25
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103.1 now, going to get of the computer and rest. Have my phone near me if I spike to 104. I still feel fine though, but really sleepy now.
post #6 of 25
I hope you feel better.
You do not belong around heart patients with a fever like that.
post #7 of 25
Don't worry about the class and take care of yourself. If they drop you, appeal it since you were protecting the patients from getting an infection. With a fever that high, you should maybe contact your doctor since you fel fine but have the high fever.
post #8 of 25
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Well slept like someone hit me with a bat, and I am down to 99.8. Good news, but now its 1am and I am awake and feel a bit off. Nothing I can really specify, sort of like you feel the day before you get the flu.
post #9 of 25
It would be irresponsible of you to go to clinical and work around sick people when you are obviously sick. When someone is in the hospital they are immunocompromised and subject to getting infections easier than someone who isn't sick. And especially someone who has had surgery is even at higher risk because their bodies are already compromised from having been cut into.

You have a high temperature and could be getting a flu, or some other illness. The last thing you should be considering is going to work at a hospital right now.

At work if anyone has flu like symptoms such as high fever, they have to stay off of work for 7 days before being allowed to return to work.

I don't know what kind of school you are attending that would insist that you go to class if you are sick. However IMHO they would be more upset with you if you were to risk making patients more sick then they are.

I hope you feel better soon. I suggest that you go to the ER and have them check you out and possibly swab you for the H1N1 virus.
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by Trillcat View Post
Well slept like someone hit me with a bat, and I am down to 99.8. Good news, but now its 1am and I am awake and feel a bit off. Nothing I can really specify, sort of like you feel the day before you get the flu.
Did you take medication like Ibuprofen or Tylenol? If so that lower temperature means absolutely nothing because the medication has "masked" the temperature and has artificially lowered it. That doesn't mean you are cured of whatever gave you the temperature in the first place. It just means that you are still sick but the medication is hiding the temperature that you would have while being sick.

Don't take anything more and see if it goes up again.
post #11 of 25
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I am taking Ipuprofen, so yea, that is probably what lowered the fever. I am going to call my teacher around 5am and let her know what is going on. I just hope they don't want a doctors note, I don't have insurance and can't afford to go to the doctor to have them tell me what I already know, that I am probably getting the flu! I am not really worried about H1N1, but if anything seems out of the ordinary I will for sure get medical attention despite not having insurance.
The teachers drilled it into us that we pretty much have to be bleeding out of our eyes as an excuse to miss a class. My teacher for the clinicals brags on the fact that she has never missed a day of work (she is an RN) and never even takes breaks.
My rosacea has aslo kicked into high gear and I have two giant,weeping zits on my swollen nose on my bright red face! *sigh* I am a mess! Shin splints, broken toe (still) rosacea flare up and (possible) flu! When it rains it pours!
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
It would be irresponsible of you to go to clinical and work around sick people when you are obviously sick. When someone is in the hospital they are immunocompromised and subject to getting infections easier than someone who isn't sick. And especially someone who has had surgery is even at higher risk because their bodies are already compromised from having been cut into.

You have a high temperature and could be getting a flu, or some other illness. The last thing you should be considering is going to work at a hospital right now.

At work if anyone has flu like symptoms such as high fever, they have to stay off of work for 7 days before being allowed to return to work.

I don't know what kind of school you are attending that would insist that you go to class if you are sick. However IMHO they would be more upset with you if you were to risk making patients more sick then they are.

I hope you feel better soon. I suggest that you go to the ER and have them check you out and possibly swab you for the H1N1 virus.
IMO you shouldn't go, even if your temp goes down - you might be coming in with something, and this can be enough to kill a person with no immunity. My best friend died like this after a chemo... He never left the hospital... please do NOT go in.
post #13 of 25
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IMO you shouldn't go, even if your temp goes down - you might be coming in with something, and this can be enough to kill a person with no immunity. My best friend died like this after a chemo... He never left the hospital... please do NOT go in.
I am so sorry you lost your best friend!
It is my fear that I will hurt someone, despite my best intentions of wanting to go in today. I also have the fear of wrath drilled into me from these teachers that one missed day = all my efforts down the drain.
This class is very important to me, but not so much I will put others at risk.
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by Trillcat View Post
I am so sorry you lost your best friend!
It is my fear that I will hurt someone, despite my best intentions of wanting to go in today. I also have the fear of wrath drilled into me from these teachers that one missed day = all my efforts down the drain.
This class is very important to me, but not so much I will put others at risk.
Do they do something different if you show up sick? I had a friend who was at one nursing school, they said that you needed to show up if you were sick, but you'd sit in the library at the hospital for the 6 hours of clinical.

I have no idea how this school handles it if you're sick. I guess you just show up for lecture if you're sick. Though they did tell us at open house last week if you have a GOOD reason for missing class, and you don't miss too many, they video all of the lectures so you can watch it afterwards.


I would think they'd do something different if you're sick during clinical. I wouldn't want to show up sick for clinical and then give something I've got to someone who's immunity is down in the first place.

I guess it's because you need so many hours at clinical in order to graduate- and it's real hard to get make-up time for ones you miss.
Cheryl
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by Sneakymom View Post
Do they do something different if you show up sick? I had a friend who was at one nursing school, they said that you needed to show up if you were sick, but you'd sit in the library at the hospital for the 6 hours of clinical.

I have no idea how this school handles it if you're sick. I guess you just show up for lecture if you're sick. Though they did tell us at open house last week if you have a GOOD reason for missing class, and you don't miss too many, they video all of the lectures so you can watch it afterwards.


I would think they'd do something different if you're sick during clinical. I wouldn't want to show up sick for clinical and then give something I've got to someone who's immunity is down in the first place.

I guess it's because you need so many hours at clinical in order to graduate- and it's real hard to get make-up time for ones you miss.
Cheryl
I have not missed a class to this point, or been late, or anything. I have an A/B in the clasroom/lab grade, pretty proud of that! I got to pick where I wanted to do my clinicals because I scored the higest in my group. (I was in a group of what the teacher called the "homless people" we were a group that was made because the class became so large, people gretting transferd around and moved we had no clinical spot to go to.)
I have called the teacher and left what is at best a crying incoherent message on her voice mail, I really am upset by this.
post #16 of 25
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My teacher just called back, I am not going to be dropped.
She said I could make up the hours during he rest of the week, she wil stay with me. Nice lady, despite what I have said about her being a bit cut throat.
I can relax now, I was so woried!
post #17 of 25
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Now I am getting cramps, WTH???
Serioulsy, I am now waiting for one of my eyeballs to expolde or an alien to pop out of me!
post #18 of 25
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Aaaaaaand now my throat is starting to hurt. I am being a complete crab, I know,but really, aliens exploding out of my torso any time now.
post #19 of 25
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Now I am getting cramps, WTH???
Serioulsy, I am now waiting for one of my eyeballs to expolde or an alien to pop out of me!
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Aaaaaaand now my throat is starting to hurt. I am being a complete craba$$, I know,but really, aliens exploding out of my torso any time now.
Girl! Go and get yourself to a doctor! I've looked after a number of people with H1N1 and what you are describing sounds like a classic case to me!! That's one nasty flu bug and can take a turn for the very worse in a very short time. I'm talking a day or two and sometimes even in a matter of hours.
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
Girl! Go and get yourself to a doctor! I've looked after a number of people with H1N1 and what you are describing sounds like a classic case to me!! That's one nasty flu bug and can take a turn for the very worse in a very short time. I'm talking a day or two and sometimes even in a matter of hours.
I am OK, The cramps are because my period was due, just a little early now, stress will do that to me everytime.
The face stuff is my rosecea, it can't be left out of the party, any time anything goes wrong, it jumps in to say hello. Lived with it for years.
The sore throat, well, that is whatever this is, but keeping check on that. Nice warm tea, Earl Grey with a bit of honey. Yum. (No problems with my stomach)
I am keeping a very close eye on my temp, taking it every hour, 100.2 now Not good, but not bad.
I am camped out at the computer with a blanket around me, lots of juice and water and tea. Not too much tea though, tannins and all.
The cat keeps trying to jump up on me, bless her heart, she wants to help, Mommy is sick, but I have to shoo her away, she can get get sick too.
post #21 of 25
I hope you feel better really soon!
post #22 of 25
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The cat keeps trying to jump up on me, bless her heart, she wants to help, Mommy is sick, but I have to shoo her away, she can get get sick too.

She can't get what you have, so let her cuddle with you

Take 2 Tylenol Plain every 4 hours for the temperature. It will lower it and you won't feel so crummy. Plus it's not good to have a temperature for any extended period of time because the body is designed to function at 98.6 degrees.
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
She can't get what you have, so let her cuddle with you

Take 2 Tylenol Plain every 4 hours for the temperature. It will lower it and you won't feel so crummy. Plus it's not good to have a temperature for any extended period of time because the body is designed to function at 98.6 degrees.
I did not know that, I thought cats could catch cold and flu from us. She will be happy, poor llitle girl is so confused and just wants to cuddle up on my lap.
(though I think it is more the comfy blanket I was wrapped in, lol )
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by Trillcat View Post
I did not know that, I thought cats could catch cold and flu from us. She will be happy, poor llitle girl is so confused and just wants to cuddle up on my lap.
(though I think it is more the comfy blanket I was wrapped in, lol )
No definitely not! Kitty colds and people colds are very different things.
post #25 of 25
At least you are a fan of Alien! I hope you feel better. I'm glad you are able to make the time up. My husband's instructor just had a rule about making up sick clinical time during a specific period of time. I'm glad your instructor did the same. I hope you feel better soon!
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