Monday, May 14, 2012
I don't take the girlies to the doctor that often, and in fact, this was the first time I've taken a sick child to the doctor in over three years! For the most part my girls are insanely healthy. For another, unless the fever is reallllly high and lasts for more than a day, I'll typically ride it out figuring it's a virus.
I can tell when the girls are merely dealing with a virus versus being "truly" sick. There is much more sad-sack-lying-in-a-heap and little to no eating. They look bruised around the eyes and those eyes are dull and lifeless. Lissie says they have "weak eyes" and that about sums it up.
Miss Beanie was up three times last night between her cough and her fever. I never took a temp but can tell you it was hovering around or above 101 based on how hot she was (what can I say? I'm good with the touch these days). We saw Dr. Jen who was thinking it was simply a virus, but decided to swab her "just in case". Her ears were clear and her throat was only a "little red". But then that swab came back positive--faint, but there. Of course.
You see, Lil's been complaining of a runny/stuffy nose, cough and sore throat for a week, but I thought it was because we were out of her allergy meds. I knew she had been exposed to strep but since she wasn't running a blistering fever, I didn't think it could be (and when your father is Brien who spikes a fever at the mere thought of a viral or bacterial invasion and who would have temps around 104 with strep, this is a legitimate thought).
You know what they say about making assumptions...
After conferring with Jen, it was decided Lil should go in tomorrow to have her throat swabbed as well, as a precaution (and since it seems I could be "Mommy of the Year" material at this point). We don't want her to have to be on antibiotics if she doesn't need them.
Meanwhile, Mr. I-get-strep-just-by-thinking-about-it is off to the doctor this afternoon for his own throat swabbage. Me? I'm fine. No symptoms other than psychosomatic. You know how your head will itch at the thought of lice? My throat has started to feel sore since Ellie was diagnosed. :oP Go figure.
We're on antibiotics for the next ten days, hence my check-off on the side of the bottle up there. I'm always great about it for the first few days and then life intervenes and I start to think, "Did I give her her medicine already?" I saw it on the Board of Pins and thought it was brilliant--never wanted to have to use it, though. :oP
I had to cancel on C this morning but should be able to go out Wednesday--thank goodness. I'm going to have to use the dreaded elliptical this evening instead. Or, maybe B will be good with me going out for a run instead. We'll have to play it by ear...
1. Antibiotics. Thank god we live in today's day and age. Ellie takes them like a pro--not like her sister.
2. B doesn't have strep--thank goodness. He DOES however have an ulcer caused by his prednisone. Excellent. :oS
3. It stayed cool most of the day and is lovely in the house.
4. Sitting and snuggling Beanie. Sure, she was crying inconsolably much of the time, but she still wanted to be snuggled. I'll take my 'nuggles where I can get them.
5. I think Pablo is starting to look a bit less crookedy wookedy. Hooray! Ever tried to medicine a bunny? I'm ready to be done with that.
6. Brien and the girls helping with the clean up this evening.