Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Sick has come to visit us...

Conversation I recently had with a coworker--

Me: Dylan has been sick... just really congested and sneezy and coughy and just feeling yucky. No fever though. Little M has had a fever, but no other symptoms.
Her: My son has been sick too. I'm sure we'll end up at OUR pediatricians' office. (Our kids go to the same ped office, although they see different doctors.)
Me: Me too. Probably not with my big one, though, just the little one.

Um, wrong.

Little M, who is notorious for NEVER getting sick beyond a runny nose, came down with a fever on Sunday night. He had no other symptoms at that time... a slight cough, maybe. But he felt okay and was still playing, even though his temp was nearly 101. I monitored him and gave him medicine if he started whining or acting sicker, but for the most part, I figured... he's feeling fine, he probably IS fine.

As the week progressed, the symptoms changed a bit. Still the fever, but more coughing, more sneezing, more watery eyes, WAY more whining/crying, etc. Still, we figured it was a cold, we treated the symptoms, and we continued on with our week.

Last night, I MAYBE got 2 hours of sleep. I was up with him for most of the night. He coughed and cried the night away. I had him lie down beside me, both on the couch and in bed at different points in the night, and it was like I had my own personal heat box lying beside me. This morning, we were pretty concerned about his fever, which at this point was at about 102.5. Five days was long enough for us to wait out a fever. We made an appointment with Dr. S.

To make a fairly long story (a little) shorter, they tested little M for the flu. It came back negative. Dr. S. noticed little M had an ear infection. Thank God my sons' doctor isn't one of those in-and-out types. She was concerned about his coughing and pretty surprised that the flu test came back negative. So she ordered a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia. She did rule out pneumonia... but he did have bronchitis that she said, if left untreated much longer, would have turned into pneumonia. So she ordered him a couple of shots of something-or-other (even though little M specifically told the nurse he didn't need any shots this time... poor guy!), let us borrow a nebulizer and gave us some samples of what she referred to as the Dillards of breathing treatment medicines (alb.uterol is the Walmart, Xop.enex is the Dillards. She's somethin' else, this doctor. lol), and wrote a prescription for more Xop.enex and the kiddie liquid version of a z-pack. She also broke open a bottle of children's motrin to bring down his fever while we waited, and she gave him 3 "magic" lollipops because of his shots (and because of how pitiful he was. My poor, sweet, sick, lethargic little boy).

She also asked about how Dylan was doing, even though we didn't bring him. (Yeah, I still haven't brought him in for his 12 month well-child. I guess I should get on that.) She was sorry to see little M so sick, but she was kinda glad that it was him and not Dylan, since Dylan + breathing problems = potentially very, very bad. (Dylan IS still a bit coughy/sniffly, but he isn't running a temperature at all, and he acts like he feels just fine.)

Now, Dr. S. isn't always on my best of best sides. (Refer to the time she told me little M has a speech problem when he doesn't. Or all the times she's said Dylan is too fat. lol) But I can say something about this doctor, and I know this much is always true-- she truly cares about her patients. I really appreciate that about her. I'm glad we have her.

Now, to get that crazy boy of mine better so he can go back to being crazy again... this lethargic little M stuff is for the birds!


Jenny said...

Aw, that sucks...Hope the boys feel better soon!

Wren said...

:( I'm sorry! I feel your pain though...both of my babies have been sick and it feels like it's been going on for weeks! We've been to the ped. 4 times in the last two weeks! Here's hoping Spring arrives soon and everyone can get back to being healthy!