Saturday, October 4, 2008

Wherein a Prognosis is Made

Okay, first things first. Oatmeal Head went to school wearing his new Chuck Norris t-shirt and came home wearing his gym uniform. Evidently the principal wasn't too keen on Chuck Norris getting drunk, whether or not he actually throws up. Who knew? I told him if it isn't allowed in school, it's not allowed at church either. I got the frown for that one.

Second, I took Little Guy to the doctor yesterday. It was his third day sick, and while he's a dramatic child in the best circumstances, even I am not so heartless a mother as to ignore the low fever, dizziness, throwing up, spitting blood and cutting sore throat. And nausea. For the record, the spitting blood and cutting sore throat were reported just before I called the doctor. Everything else? Yeah. It was there. Just not sure what to believe. But he didn't eat for three days, so maybe that should have tipped me off. Alright, alright. I'm callous and cruel.

To top it off our doctor wasn't in, suddenly. Something came up. So we saw someone else (I like her, too). And this doc wanted to test for strep. Do you know, in the nearly 17 years I've been a wife and mother, there hasn't been one case of strep in the family? We've all been tested often enough, but no positive results. Until yesterday.

It's a weak result, true, but positive. And the fact that Little Guy no longer has tonsils simply makes it amusing. Evidently strep effects mainly the tonsils. Someone forgot to tell Little Guy this. Maybe next time I'll clue him in and this won't happen?

Thank you all for your kind words and advice. I stopped at the grocery on the way home, intent on purchasing several of the things y'all mentioned. Not only did I completely forget zinc and Zicam, I even forgot vitamin C. Stink. Oh well. I got lemons.

Y'all stay well, and don't touch your monitor while you read this. You know. Just in case I'm a carrier.

Until I write again ...

Flea

16 comments:

imbeingheldhostage said...

Oh, I do hope he's better soon. Are you feeling better?
You may want to warn him about other illness he's not supposed to be able to get too, you know, just in case.

Trisha said...

Okay - you are the second person in the matter of a week who has told me that her family has NEVER been afflicted with Strep (well, for you, until now). What is going on? I think I had strep about a million times growing up and then another million when I first began teaching!

You are just lucky!

MUD said...

Getting Strep Throat is not a matter of hygiene, or anything you as a parent can do. It is a matter of exposure and if exposed, most kids will get it. My wife who was a teacher had it from time to time and always knew who had been ill and then gone homne of not come back the next day. Watch the rest of the tribe for sore throats. MUD

Flash Stitcher said...

Strep stinks. Even a mild case. Hope he is on the mend soon.

It does get better. Pneumonia is our illness. ONly had strep once.

OK where's some wood...

noble pig said...

I really hope he's better soon, so not fun and get some rest so you don't come down with it!

Mental P Mama said...

We are a strep family here, and I diagnosed him as I was reading your post! 24 hours after you start the antibiotics, he should be as good as new! Take care, and wash your hands! A lot!

Tanya Brown said...

Oh, crud! Bless Little Guy's heart! I'm so glad that we live in the age of antibiotics. I hope he'll be right as rain in a few days.

Karen said...

Yuck on the the Strep! Poor Little Guy and poor you as his mom. I hate when my kids are sick. I feel bad that they feel bad and there is only so much I can do. I also hate how it makes me feel trapped, like I can't get the grocery shopping done or invite people over.

I'm a magnet for Strep. I've had it enough times to recognize the second I get it. It feels like you have been hit by a Mac Truck. Lysol........your door knobs, the toilet handle, light switches, you know, all usual suspects. Strep is highly contagious. You don't want that bug making any new friends.

TSannie said...

Strep is miserable to have! And antibiotics a gift from above. Your boy will be as good as new in a day or two!

Indy said...

Hope you don't get it. I never know the symptoms of strep. They vary for every person. Hang in there and stay healthy.

brneyedgal967 said...

All these years and no strep? WOW! Alleycat got strep 2-3 times a year when she was younger - ugh.

Hope he feels better soon.

Karen Deborah said...

poor kid, brilliant really getting something impossible. Hot salt water gargles,..hope ya'll feel better soon!

Kidzmama said...

I'm glad there's a diagnosis. Most of the time you go to the doctor, they tell you it's a virus, they can't do anything about it, but you go home and start feeling better almost immediately.

Tammy said...

I hope he feels better soon! I had my tonsils removed about 20 years ago and I still get strep throat every few years. I had it so bad a couple of years ago I was hospitalized because the infection went through my entire body and I couldn't even move or roll over.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

my tonsiles were removed 38 years ago... a few years ago i was so ill and the dr's DX... Tonsilitis!!! what the heck how? he said that when they remove tonsiles and adnoids that there are little flaps of skin left and they act just like tonisles... geee thanks man!

Coffee Bean said...

Awwwww... poor little guy! Frappy was tested for strep one time when she was 6 and it was negative. We went back a week later because she just got worse. Positive. The doctor we saw that day said that the doctor we saw the week before was notorious for not getting the swab down far enought. He sure went far and made poor Frappy almost throw up. They then gave her a shot of penecillin... and that was when we learned she was allergic to that. OY!