Day 304: Wednesday Exhibits High Fever Symptoms for 3 Days, Celebrates a Growth Milestone

After Tuesday’s falling easel incident, the week proceeded in stellar fashion – the natives were, indeed, restless and exhibited much disagreeable behavior, contrary to my efforts to keep them happy.  Methinks part of their melancholy is the communication gap between the two natives; Tuesday speaks in small, short broken sentences and is often misunderstood (aren’t we all) while Wednesday uses loud outbursts and squeals to display her mirth or displeasure.  Tuesday, at this juncture, still believes, apparently, that everything in the tribal abode belongs to her in some way, whether it be sustenance, a beverage, a plaything or other object.  It is my understanding that she is still learning and developing her reasoning abilities, however, after repeated reprimands, I should think, if by repetition alone, that she would begin to understand what she can and cant’ do.

As the end of the week grew close, the tribal leader and I began preparations for an event one year in the making – a member of the tribe was celebrating a growth milestone.  Wednesday was going to turn one year old – a significant milestone for a native.  A celebration of epic proportions was being planned – complete with individual cupcakes, gifts and a gathering of the tribes to celebrate the special occasion.  The tribal leader had decided to take on an ambitious project of decorating the cupcakes to look like large yellow flowers, often synonymous with large farms and gardens.  These flower decorated cupcakes were to be completely edible, requiring several different ingredients to create the masterpiece.

However, as the week all but drew to a close, Wednesday began demonstrating disagreeable behavior which was uncharacteristic of her normally jovial demeanor.  Assuming the cause of her malign was the emergence of more teeth, I sought an analgesic to ease the pain.  This remedy appeared to work until late Thursday evening when Wednesday awoke in a fury and with an extremely high fever.  The tribal leader was concerned and we sought the counsel of an on-call Medicine Man.  The Medicine Man directed us to attempt to bring the fever down by the use of analgesics periodically throughout the night.  And, that is what we did.

I do not believe that either the tribal leader or myself enjoyed much sleep Thursday evening, as Wednesday was up frequently during the night, burning up and apparently in much discomfort.  The tribal leader took the sick native to the normal Medicine Man the following day who determined that what she had was indeed viral and that it would pass eventually.  During that day, Wednesday’s temperature came down and she resumed somewhat normal behavior, until late that evening.

Wednesday was once again burning up with a fever approaching heights as high as 103 degrees and 105 degrees.  We attempted to keep the native comfortable throughout the remainder of the night, to no avail.  The following day we took the young native to the emergency medical clinic who then instructed us to take the native to the emergency room for small natives.  One of the tribal elders had arrived during the day previous and she remained with Tuesday whilst we attended to Wednesday at the office of the Medicine Man.

Before I begin, I wish to say the staff at the emergency room for young natives was extremely helpful and considerate – for today the day we had to take Wednesday to the Medicine Man and the emergency room was Wednesday’s first birthday.  Upon arrival, the Medicine Man, or woman in this case, instructed us that she was going to perform some tests on the native to help determine the cause of her discomfort and fever.  Now, anyone who has had to bring a native under the age of five has truly experienced the events that I shall now describe.  First, the Medicine Woman required a urine sample, an ordeal that was perhaps worse for the tribal leader and myself than for Wednesday.  As you can imagine, there was screaming and crying as the tiny catheter was inserted and the sample retrieved.  What an ordeal!  They did however, while we were there, give Wednesday medication to bring down her fever.  However, to take her temperature, each of the several times they took it, most of which waking Wednesday up to do so, they did so rectally.  I cannot imagine a worse method of waking than having a stick shoved up my ass.  I mean really.  Soon, the tests were done, including a chest X-ray that the tribal leader experienced with Wednesday to rule out pneumonia.

Four hours later, Wednesday was discharged and we departed for the tribal abode.  I hope, when looking back on this day, years from now, Wednesday will not remember it.  If it were me, I would want to forget just about every moment.  Needless to say, the celebration did not happen and is tentatively rescheduled for next weekend.

To be continued some more…

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