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Help! Need advice for my sick husband! his temp is 105!

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Hi, my husband has been running a fever of 105 today. I came home from work to find him on the couch with a thick blanket on him. I immediately took the blanket and made him get in a luke warm bath. Well that was 3 hrs ago and his fever is still 102. I don't know what to do! I have a wet washcloth on him and have been checking on him. I am only letting him use a sheet to cover up with and have been taking his temp every 30 min. I just want to ask everyone that is already a nurse what else I can do. I just feel that taking him to the hospital is dumb if I am able to help him here at home. I mean, what else can really be done? except give him antibiotics if its bacterial. (which I think it is) I have had a really loose gurgally cough for about 3 weeks now and It started with laryngitis and then became the cough. I felt bad but I still worked and went to school. But I don't think my fever was 105! But my daughter ended up catching it and she got a fever of 105 but I was able to break hers w/in like 2 hrs. I did have to put her in the bathtub 2 times that night but she was fine the next day. But I guess I just kinda answered my own question. I guess I should take him to the hospital if it doesn't break so that they can start antibiotics. If that is right or if anyone has any advice I would really appreciate it. Thanks everyone!

PedsDrNurseTheo, ADN, BSN, MSN, DNP, RN, EMT-P, NP

Specializes in Pediatric Critical Care, Cardiac, EMS. Has 22 years experience.

Just a few thoughts.

1) I do not give medical consultation or opinion here. It's outside my scope of practice. Plus, it's against the TOS. Any advice you do get should be considered "friendly advice" just as a neighbor would give.

2) That being said, any fever that spikes high and doesn't respond to Tylenol, Advil, or passive cooling measures is cause for concern and should be evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible.

In other words, if it were my family member, I'd be on the way to the hospital.

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we really cannot give out any type of medical advice, per terms of service.

if you suspect it is bacterial, then tx should begin asap.

i strongly suggest you call a doctor.

best of everything.

leslie

AngelfireRN, MSN, RN, APRN

Specializes in med-surg, psych, ER, school nurse-CRNP. Has 15 years experience.

ER, NOW!!! Do not pass go, etc. Get him to the hospital, like, yesterday.

SunnyAndrsn

Specializes in LTC/Rehab, Med Surg, Home Care.

Sounds like you need to call your MD ASAP!

I agree with Angel Fire temp too high:eek: I would go straight to ER ....hope he feels better :oI am sure its stressful to see your loved one ill

Take Care ;)

Angela

RedhairedNurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med Surg, Ortho.

ER now, not even a question in my mind about it. What would it hurt you to be safe rather than sorry later? Take care, hope he gets better, get going!!

Thanks you guys for the posts. Sorry I usually don't ask personal nursing questions but this site came to mind when nothing else would. I have already been a member so I know that its not the usual. But I went and checked my husbands temp. and its still 101. I told him that we should go to the hospital but he is refusing. Ugh! Its so much easier with my 2 yr old daughter! I just put her in the car and go. But at this point I am worried with what ur telling me and I don't know what to do. He is so stubborn! He didn't even want to get into the bath earlier but I somehow convinced him by asking for an hour. I just wish I knew how urgent it really is b/c I need to find someone to come sit here so my daughter can sleep. and its already 11 pm. so jeez! She just went to bed and i don't want to drag her to the ER and I cant convince him! I am so frustrated!!! Thanks for your "friendly advice" :) very nice of you to take your time in responding. I would ask someone else but I don't have anyone else to ask and the hospital near by doesn't have a nurse line to call. But I don't want to be up all night worrying. UGH!!! I am so exhausted!!! Now I feel selfish! Its really a no win right now! lol...

WalkieTalkie, RN

Specializes in CVICU.

Why would you even ask? REASON = HOSPITAL in this situation! Unless, of course, you produce your own abx and have a private laboratory!

Ruthiegal

Specializes in LTC, Disease Management, smoking Cessati. Has 28 years experience.

:banghead::banghead: Did common sense die? This is about as bad as some triage calls I get..... :twocents::eek:

I do hope he will be fine.

stellina615

Specializes in Med-Surg/Oncology, Psych. Has 1 years experience.

When people get feverish they can get confused and lose their ability to think rationally....time to take charge and get that stubborn man to the hospital. Good luck!

Wow! sorry for asking. Didn't realize it would upset everyone! but I want to take him but he is refusing. You all know how men can be. He is worried about the money. We don't have insurance and we don't have a family dr. (for me and him) my daughter does. But I cant carry a 200lb man to the car! So that is why I am asking if there is anything else I can do!!! I am worried!! THat is why I am on here!! His temp has dropped to 101 now but I am still not satisfied with that temp. I wouldn't be so worried if it were like 99. but atleast its not 105!!! thanks everyone and sorry to seem like an idiot. :(

JBudd, MSN

Specializes in Trauma, Teaching. Has 39 years experience.

What Stella said. Time to go, no ifs and or buts. 105 you don't mess with. It will shoot back up.

AngelfireRN, MSN, RN, APRN

Specializes in med-surg, psych, ER, school nurse-CRNP. Has 15 years experience.

Absolutely it will. If he won't go, call EMS. You think you're worried now, getting the kid to sleep will be the last thing on your mind when he starts in with the febrile seizures. Adults DO NOT just spike a 105 temp, something is very wrong.

Get him to a doc NOW!

wow thanks ruthiegal for your priceless advice. I don't think that any questions are dumb. Don't forget that I am only 27 and don't have anyone to ask. My mom died 6 yrs ago to cancer. So you don't have to be so nasty about it, I have only been married for 4 yrs and a mom for 2. and I am not yet a nurse. The whole reason I want to be a nurse is to POSITIVELY help society. My mom was sick for 7 yrs and had alot of really bad and mean nurses. I vowed to her to help people w/o a chip on my shoulder. I thought that I could come on here and have some comfort from people who care as much as I do, but I guess I am being naive again. Oh well. thanks to everyone else for being tactful and nice (even if you all did think it was a dumb ?) and not picking on me. I appreciate that. We all start from the bottom. I guess with 28 yrs of experience some people forget.

PedsDrNurseTheo, ADN, BSN, MSN, DNP, RN, EMT-P, NP

Specializes in Pediatric Critical Care, Cardiac, EMS. Has 22 years experience.

wow thanks ruthiegal for your priceless advice. I don't think that any questions are dumb. Don't forget that I am only 27 and don't have anyone to ask. My mom died 6 yrs ago to cancer. So you don't have to be so nasty about it, I have only been married for 4 yrs and a mom for 2. and I am not yet a nurse. The whole reason I want to be a nurse is to POSITIVELY help society. My mom was sick for 7 yrs and had alot of really bad and mean nurses. I vowed to her to help people w/o a chip on my shoulder. I thought that I could come on here and have some comfort from people who care as much as I do, but I guess I am being naive again. Oh well. thanks to everyone else for being tactful and nice (even if you all did think it was a dumb ?) and not picking on me. I appreciate that. We all start from the bottom. I guess with 28 yrs of experience some people forget.

Hon.

Get off the computer. Get your husband to the hospital. Call EMS if you have to. That's what we're all trying to say in the nicest way (mostly) we know.

Worry about the hurt feelings later.

Ted

thanks everyone, I am going to MAKE him get in the car. I will keep everyone posted. Thanks again.

dianah, ADN

Specializes in Cath Lab/Radiology. Has 45 years experience.

it certainly is hard to 'make' another adult do something he/she doesn't want to do.

i hope he improves soon.

you've been given some good suggestions.

per the terms of service, however, this is not a medical advice bulletin board

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