I was preemptive this evening and got to walk in hours at the pediatrician 45 minutes early! Which meant we were one of the first to be seen. I was happy because our absolute favorite doctor was the one handling walk ins. Even though C has been fever free all day, I had them check both kids out. They did a strep test on Big E and we waited for the doctor. When he came in we described the symptoms… Big E has had a massive fever since Sunday. Today it hit 104.2, which had me a little worried. He’s thrown up, complained of nausea, headaches, a slightly sore throat (when swallowing tylenol), and pain in his neck when he bends it. He’s been on Tamiflu since Sunday morning but the fever is still running high. The fever responds to meds, but for the most part he has been pretty miserable. He has no energy and has eaten, but not a whole lot. He’s drinking fine and begging for water most of the day.
The doctor said the fast strep test they took came back negative but they will send it out to have the culture done. He then took a look at Big E’s ears and chest. The ears look great. The lungs sound good. No runny nose. No signs of lingering flu symptoms. He said the Tamiflu should have knocked out the fever and since it hadn’t he suspected a secondary infection. That’s when he checked Big E’s throat. He said it look very, very strep-like and his lymph nodes were huge. He was convinced that even though the strep test had come back negative, that what we are dealing with is a case of strep on top of the flu. (The fast strep test has a 10% chance of being wrong and he thinks it is in this case.) He said that they have seen that going around a lot for the past few days so he started Big E on an antibiotic and said the fever should be down by tomorrow. He thinks the flu is pretty much over and we now just need to fight the strep.
C was a little more complicated. She’s not running a fever anymore. Her temp is pretty much normal. But her throat looked a little red. He prescribed her an antibiotic just in case, but said it was fine to send her to school if she still doesn’t have a fever in the morning.
So there we have it… probably strep. He likely thought I was a nutcase when I got really excited. Strep?!?! Really??? There’s a medication for that!! There’s a light at the end of the tunnel!!!! Yay!!! He said it would be safe to bring Baby E home in a few days after the antibiotics for Big E kick in!
I filled the prescription and gleefully handed it to the kids. Compared to the Tamiflu this stuff is a breeze to take and I heard no complaints. I’ll be home again tomorrow, but I am praying that will be the last day. I’m cruising through my leave time and Tim’s work isn’t in a place for him to be able to take off. I’m missing Baby E but I know he’ll be back soon! 🙂
Thank you for all the continued prayers. And thank you to the dear friend that brought me Starbucks and lunch this afternoon. You were/are a godsend!
So, if you’ve been keeping track this year…
Baby E- cold, 2 ear infections, RSV, hacking cough, pink eye, 2 stomach bugs, and the flu with a seizure.
Big E- cold, injured foot, 2 stomach bugs, 2 rounds of the flu, and strep
C- cold, 2 stomach bugs, 1 flu, 48+ hours of not being able to walk, and possibly strep.
I know this has been a rough winter for so many families. Every time I turn around there is something new and horrible going around. We’ve gotten a lot of it, but I know we aren’t the only family dealing with this. With that in mind, I’ve decided to make a little game… a sickness bingo, if you will. Feel free to choose any or all of the cards below and see if you can get bingo! (Five in a row- across, up and down, or diagonal) If so, leave me a comment letting me know which card and I’ll choose a winner to get a prize (tbd). Try to limit the sicknesses to September 2016 – March 2017. It can be you, your kids, or your whole family 🙂 If we are going to be miserable, at least we can laugh about it, right?!? 🙂
*Note* I know that “Random Inability to Walk” is pretty specific to C and her reaction to the flu, so you can replace that one with any “Random” illness you guys have faced that might have baffled the doctors.