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Resident physician: "eczema flareup, fever for 3 days, crying, stuffy nose, sore throat...I think this is a virus, it doesn't look like a bacterial infection. I'll prescribe a stronger antihistamine for his rash and then you can continue to give him motrin for the fever and let the virus run its course. Let me just talk to my boss, the attending, and he'll be in to look at him soon."

Attending physician: "You say the eczema flared up after you got a new pattern on his diapers--a lot of kids get rashes from the blue dye in diapers. This rash on his legs looks like it could be from that, and you say it's getting better since you changed diaper brands. This rash on his stomach and armpits, though...and this here inside his elbow...I'd like to do a strep test, because this looks like it might be scarlet fever. "


Guess who was right?

Of course, that's why the attending is in charge, and the resident is still studying.

Because we were in the ER, whence we had hightailed when he wouldn't stop crying (he is normally angry when sick, not sad), we got a choice of antibiotic treatments: either 10 days of the pink liquid twice a day, or one big honkin shot for the whole thing. As Mike puts it, "Two out of three Dells voted for the shot."  Charlie didn't get a vote, but he's on the mend and much happier now despite being pretty pissed off about the shot at the time.

Date: 2011-09-13 02:40 pm (UTC)
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
From: [personal profile] kate_nepveu
Oh noes! Glad the attending caught it and he's on the mend. I used to get scarlet fever regularly as a kid and don't remember much about it other than misery.

Date: 2011-09-12 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yikes! People used to die of that! Er. You knew that. Ignore me. But seriously, I've never known anyone who had it. So Charlie is now Cooler Than He Was Before.

Date: 2011-09-13 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
(And yes: Holy crap, I'm so glad this happened to him now and not 70 years ago.)

Date: 2011-09-13 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My Dad had it. Also possibly my partner, I'll have to ask him when he gets home.

Still, yikes and get well soon, Charlie!

P.S. I'd've opted for the One Big Shot, too. I've done seven days of pink gunk for an ear infection and I swear some days I still have phantom flashbacks of the stuff still being stuck in my hair.

Date: 2011-09-13 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Holy crap. That is SRS BSNS right there. Wishing Charlie a happy and safe convalescence, and you and Mike a contagion-free parenting experience (especially you: scarlet fever + asthma is not a good combo).

It is so much less scary in these days of antibiotics, but still a pretty big deal. Glad to hear your adorable son is on the mend.

Date: 2011-09-13 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wishing you all the best from here, uff da.

Date: 2011-09-13 12:21 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-09-13 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Eeek. I had that as a child and it's Not Fun (tm). Wishing Charlie a speedy recovery.

Date: 2011-09-13 12:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aaaaccckkk! Nobody wants to be involved in a historical reenactment when it involves diseases. Yay antibiotics.


Date: 2011-09-13 06:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, indoor plumbing and antibiotics: the two best reasons for moderating "authenticity" in historical reenactments.

Yikes, indeed. So glad that the attending caught it!

Date: 2011-09-13 06:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
er, "caught it" in the good way, not in the bad way

Date: 2011-09-13 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow - thanks goodness for antibiotics, and I hope he's on the mend super-fast!

Date: 2011-09-13 12:40 am (UTC)
ext_3319: Goth girl outfit (Default)
From: [identity profile]
heavens! Hooray for the One Big Shot option, though. Ten days of the pink gunk is no fun in a much more drawn-out fashion.

Date: 2011-09-13 12:52 am (UTC)
redbird: closeup of me drinking tea (Default)
From: [personal profile] redbird
Yowch. Thank goodness for the attending, and for one big honkin shot. I wonder if I can get that the next time I need antibiotics (hopefully not for scarlet fever).

Date: 2011-09-13 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My eldest had scarlet fever, but it rapidly yielded to antibiotics and she was left with no serious damage. She is, in fact, a stunt woman. (I am mildly suprised to find that not every kid likes the pink stuff. Mine loved it.)

Date: 2011-09-13 01:53 am (UTC)
readinggeek451: (Default)
From: [personal profile] readinggeek451
Yikes! Here's hoping the antibiotics do their job, and quickly. Thank goodness the attending physician knew what to look for.

Take care of yourself, too.

Date: 2011-09-13 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

*hugs y

Date: 2011-09-13 02:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
He's the second LJ kid I've known to have it. I hope he recovers as quickly as the first case I heard of did.

Good for you for bringing him in, Mary.

Date: 2011-09-13 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
On the _very_ slight consolation side my understanding is that one big honkin shot does do the trick and makes this _slightly_ less miserable....

Date: 2011-09-13 01:52 pm (UTC)
ext_6167: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
Wait, what? *boggles*

Date: 2011-09-13 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's very old-fashioned of him to get it...

Date: 2011-09-13 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Holy crap! Yay for awesome attendings. I hope Charlie feels better soon!

Date: 2011-09-13 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I had that when I was about 5. It's rough, but one of those diseases that the First World has beaten pretty soundly. Didn't realize they still quarantined for it, though. (All I remember was getting all the ginger ale I could drink and being able to stay home from daycare to spend time with my grandmother.)

Date: 2011-09-13 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They don't really quarantine for it, but he's not allowed to go back to day care until 24 hours after getting the antibiotic. He's allowed out of the house, though.

Date: 2011-09-13 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My brother had scarlet fever when he was five or six or somewhere in there. When I had the itch plague at the beginning of the summer, I thought it might be scarlet fever, except the rash was itchy rather than detectable. Blech.

Date: 2011-09-13 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm pretty sure one of my kids had it--now that they're all over 20, and considering that there are four of them, and I'm over 60, I don't remember all the details of who had what when...but clearly there were no lasting problems or I would remember...

Good for the resident, yay for antibiotics! My best to Charlie AND his parents.

Date: 2011-09-15 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well, that's ... certainly exciting. I hope that things in the near future are significantly less exciting.


Date: 2011-09-15 10:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
(Also, I just found out that Bobby came home from our house two weeks ago with a truely superior cold, which he has proceeded to share with his parents. A. thinks that this is related to the fact that he caught Bobby LICKING THE WINDOW on the bus ride home. Toddlers.)


Date: 2011-09-17 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh dear. I didn't know we still had that. I'm glad we can at least get rid of it quickly now.

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