Interesting to see a young babe tonight with a high fever, or rather without a high temperature. Mum had just acquired a thermometer, ordered from the internet and her 7 week old baby had a fever at 39 degrees.
That sort of temperature in a babe of that age causes me some anxiety. However history taking suggested a perfectly well babe. Feeding voraciously, sleeping normally, responding to mum and happily asleep when examined. The temperature when taken by me was 36.4 degrees. I double checked with a colleague's thermometer-same 36 degrees temperature. Conclusion..a well babe with a poorly thermometer!
How important it is that the old clinical skills are maintained in the contemporary practice of medicine when so much technology at our disposal. OK a thermometer isn't exactly a PET scanner, but the principle's the same.
No, not that side! But thank God got through surgery ok yesterday. And thanks to all for love support and prayer.
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