Despite my misgivings, Thing Two slept through the night without waking for ibuprofen and actually seemed a bit better this morning. I still took him to the pediatrician, where his rapid strep test was negative, thereby becoming exhibit #1 for why people without medical training can't prescribe medicine and why antibiotics are not available over the counter in this country. My educated guess appears to have been incorrect* and I freely admit it...the professional verdict was that he simply has a viral bug of some sort.
The twist is that I would have actually PREFERRED it to be strep, all things considered and a doctor more readily available, of course. Those antibiotics work like a magic wand and kids go from droopy to all-systems-normal within hours of the first dose. A viral bug, on the other hand, takes much longer to clear the system, so we are now looking at two to three days in which I am going to go batshit-freaking-crazy stuck in the house with this kid!
Oh well. Such are the joys of motherhood. Glad the kid is feeling a little better today, anyway. At least he's eating now...when this particular kid refuses to eat, you KNOW there is something major going on! He's the living embodiment of his great-grandfather in that respect: Grandpa always used to say that you could call him anything you wanted as long as you didn't call him late for dinner. :)
*At least for now--I reserve the right to change my tune on this in three days, when the slow strep test results come in.