Posts in August 2012

Exhausted in August

This month. It’s nearly over, thank goodness. I just threw away a handful of CVS receipts and filed away numerous copay receipts. We’ve been surrounded in germs, medicines and green mucous slime since the last time I posted. No joke.

Remember Wes’ impetigo? (I can now say it correctly! Im-peh-tie-go) Yeah, that was bad. And then he picked up a cold from the daycare, which is to be expected. No big whoop. But THEN, one night, Wes started barking like a seal in his sleep. It reminded me too much of his croup episode from last winter and I began to bite my nails. I kept him home from daycare the next day and went in to doctor visit #3. The croup subsided; he wasn’t wheezing, so they weren’t too concerned. But he did have some fluid in his ears. Not infected… yet.

The week went on, he went back to daycare with a junky cough and snotty nose like many kids do. Then the nose drippings started to turn clear over the next several days, and I never knew how happy I would be to see CLEAR MUCOUS! Hoooray! It’s turned into allergies! (Is there a consecutive day limit for kids on Benadryl?)

That brings us to last weekend. I had a scratchy throat on Saturday evening, but nothing too serious. We went to Cincinnati to celebrate our niece’s second birthday after church. The pool party was super fun, but I was feeling really off and my throat started to hurt worse. I noticed in the car on the way home that my throat was turning pretty red, and I just couldn’t get warm. Lo and behold, I had a fever of 101. By the time I woke up on Monday, I had white spots and fever – enter strep throat diagnosis from doctor visit #4. Whatev. With antibiotics, life is good in a few days. So I pick up Wes from daycare and his teachers pointed out his GREEN EYE DISCHARGE that had been oozing out all day long. Uuuuggghhhh.

Doctor visit #5 on Tuesday = ear infection for Wes! And eye drops needed! Also to note that during this week we had been down to one car while the transmission was replaced in the other. Bother.

Steven started showing signs of strep yesterday, but he’s a champ and is fine now. And TODAY, yes, today. I LOST MY VOICE. Sigh.

But the silver lining is that we will all be healthy on our vacation next week. And we will be safe in a newly serviced car. And we couldn’t be more ready for sea spray in our faces! And really, it’s probably good that we’re getting Wes’ immunity built up so well while he’s still little. So, there’s always something to be thankful for.

Posted: August 23rd, 2012
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Staph, impetigo and the fungus

The zit that started it all

Somehow Wes contracted a staph infection on his face, more commonly known as impetigo. It started about a week ago, with a small pimple on his left check. Because I’m a moron and left his fingernails longer than they should be, he scratched it and left a nice cut on his face. I’m sure this is where havoc wrecked. Somewhere in the atmosphere, a nasty bacterium latched itself into my poor kid’s body and exploded into boil-like, red patches on his chin, cheeks, under his nose and in his diaper area.

Then the area in his diaper turned into FUNGUS. Ick.

Gross. No one told me I’d have to go to late-night doctor visits, clean out hard, crusty boil juice from a nose or slather athlete’s foot cream (which has a weird, sickeningly sweet smell) over little boy parts when I was pregnant. This isn’t something I ever dreamed of. Poor child. I have to put antibiotic cream all over his face and other nasty lotions on his bottom. He screams until he can’t breathe, and it breaks my heart every time.

And it makes me wonder if I’ll ever let this child out of doors again. (I’m kidding.) Nasty, nasty world out there.

The worst part? He starts daycare this week, but his antibiotics aren’t really doing anything noticeable. I’m gnawing at my fingernails wondering what to do. Isn’t staph that awful stuff that ignores antibiotics? Uggghhh this could be another long week.

Did ya notice that super cute photo? You can see the pimple/boil/staphaggedon, but it looks adorable in all of his One Year Photos found here. (Photo credits to Grace Images and David Ashbaugh)

Posted: August 5th, 2012
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