Saturday, January 22, 2011

Days... hmm. Who can say?

Our weekend was not so great. Buddy had a cold before Christmas and so a couple of weeks ago we took him to the pediatrician since he wasn't kicking the cough.  The pediatrician diagnosed bronchitis, and prescribed an antibiotic (Augmentin), which he duly took for the full 10 days without incident. His cough and funky nose went away.  Then, the day after the last dose of antibiotic he developed a horrible rash, so we returned to the pediatrician, who agreed that he's probably allergic to the antibiotic (which is in the penicillin family; I had a similar reaction in college). Then over the next two days he developed this weird joint inflammation, causing him to say "it really hurts" and not want to walk.  He just laid there like a lump.  My husband consulted Dr. Google and diagnosed serum sickness.  It degenerated to the point that he couldn't/wouldn't walk, so we called the pediatrician's after-hours line Saturday night, who told us to take him to the hospital.

So, the ER on Saturday night. You can imagine. They left here right after dinner and got home at 4:30 AM. Diagnosis: serum sickness. Treatment: wait for it to go away. Apparently the trip to the ER was all it took to cure him because Sunday and again today Buddy is back to his old self.

The immune system is weird.

3 comments:

Michele said...

OMG. Poor Buddy, but mostly, poor Papa. I'm so glad that they are both okay!

Jennie said...

I'm glad the little one is on the mend! Poor little guy. He needs more LEGOs.

nutsinmay said...

EEEEEEEEP. I'm so glad Buddy is better now, but bronchitis followed by an allergic reaction like that? EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP.

The immune system is VERY weird.