Our son has had the classic flu this week: fever, stomach upset and fatigue. Then he got better. For a day or so he was up and around and close to his normal self. Then, the fever returned. It wasn't 102 as it had been during the first bout but it was a fever. He clocked in at 100.
We Googled. We read. Everything we read advised us to call our doctor. But the entries never told us why we should do this. It seemed a simple piece of information but it couldn't be found. We weren't frantic but we were curious. That the information was hard to find was irritating.
I turned to the Twitter hive mind and asked:
Hivemind: Why do doctors care so much if a child's fever returns after going away for 24 hours. Anyway, that's what's up with us.
The response was wonderful-- heartwarming and fast. The answer: doctors worry because the second fever suggests the child has developed a secondary infection (bronchitis, pneumonia, or something else).
This wasn't one of those heroic stories of social media coming to the rescue. Man collapses at the keyboard and Internet friends call 911. It was a simple easy conveyance of information. In all of the writing about Twitter this is one aspect that's missed as people make grand claims for it. Twitter doesn't need to overthrow governments. It can simply loan you a cup of sugar when you need it.
...here comes my son. He's woken up and he's trying to hide behind the door jamb. Maybe he's feeling better.
Thank you to the following Twitter users who pitched in:
@KatyCamp @KathyBridges @DrRobH @Hexham67 @strbuk @msnilwar @nursethomas @nickersonian @johnzep @acavert
UPDATE: We called the doctor. Our son was feeling better. His temperature was actually down. We called the doctor anyway. They asked us to come in. They took his temperature. It was normal. They put a swab down his throat. He did not like that at all. However, it was worth it. He has strep. Good thing we went.