Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Scarlet Fever for Valentine's Day?

I know you're supposed to be all about red or pink for Valentine's day, but this is ridiculous. Cody seems to have scarlet fever. He was positive for strep yesterday, but now he has a rash all over his body. I looked it up, and he has every single symptom of scarlet fever, including being positive for Strep A. Yeesh. So we may have to go back to the doctor today. I'm not sure. I don't really know what this means. Will he need more treatment? Or is it the same as for Strep throat? I don't know. All I know is that scarlet fever has some serious complications and can be very scary. Cody threw up this morning and then panicked. I guess that's a symptom too. The barfing, not the panicking. I have booked an appointment for him and for Jamie for this afternoon, and they are going to call me if the doctor doesn't think he needs to see Cody again. Jamie's throat is red and his glands feel swollen to me (not that I'm a doctor or anything, but I compared him to Micah, who has no symptoms at all), so I will have him checked if we are going anyway. The last thing I want to do is go to the doctor again with all three boys. Yesterday was embarrassing and frustrating, but if Jamie needs antibiotic too I need to find out right away. Plus I need to know whether Cody is in danger, with it being more serious than just strep throat.

He is missing his Valentine's party today, but he skyped his class and had a little chat with them this morning, so that was nice. I don't think he'll be partaking in my cookies today, though. His stomach hurts quite badly, on and off, (another symptom of scarlet fever) and he doesn't want to eat. I kind of pressured him to eat a bowl of cheerios this morning and he threw up right afterwards.

So it's kind of a depressing Valentine's Day around here. Mike and I plan to have kind of a fake date later, when the boys are in bed. We have a meal planned that will be similar to restaurant food, and I guess we'll probably just hang out or watch a movie. Then, for the rest of the week, I will be a single mom, as he has a conference for work that he will be attending. He will be leaving after work on Wednesday and not returning until Friday night some time. I'm not looking forward to running the sick house without help, but that is how it will go for now. Ironically, by the weekend I'm going to crave a weekend away even more badly than I did before.

On the upside, the weather is beautiful once again, though the sun has disappeared behind some clouds for now. Our very mild winter weather is continuing and I am thankful. The highways have been very clear, which has been so nice for traveling. I will likely be out on them later today to get the boys in to the doctor, which is a good 20 minute drive from here.

For now, I'm trying to get my house whipped back into shape. It got very, very out of order when the dishwasher broke just before we went away! Yikes! It is temporarily fixed, so I can use it once again. Phew! I don't do well with hand washing. Pathetic, I know, but it just takes too long with the number of dishes we go through a day, and the boys get into so much trouble in such a short time...I just can't spend hours on the dishes. I also hate what it does to my hands, but again, maybe that's pathetic. No matter. That's how I feel about it, pathetic or not. Time to do load number two for the day! (And it's not even noon yet!) I'm off for now.

UPDATE: Back from the doctor at 6:15 p.m. Cody does not have scarlet fever, apparently, though I'm not sure I understand what the doctor said. He said the rash was part of the strep, but from what I read, once there's a rash it's scarlet fever. No matter. Cody is feeling MUCH better now. Unfortunately, Jamie has strep, and apparently his is resistant to amoxicillin as he had that just a few weeks ago and is still apparently sick. Yeesh. So two kids on ten days of antibiotics now. Joy!

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