update, as promised…

as you can see from yesterday’s wordless Wednesday post, Kennedy has a horrible rash. 😦 It started on Monday. Since she seemed to be feeling better post ear infection and probable rotovirus, we ventured out to playgroup. We met Jeff’s parents for lunch, and when she was eating, I noticed a few bumps on her hands, and they looked like spider bites. I figured maybe she got into one of the corners of the play area, and got bit by something.

Fast forward to bedtime…there’s the rash pictured all over her trunk, especially bad in her armpits. Her face was red too. I immediately start thinking of allergies because my nephew has a peanut allergy. I texted a couple of pictures to my sister for her opinion. I also emailed them to a friend in nursing school for hers. Using the power of google, all three of us think it looks like fifth’s disease. It’s a virus, and once the rash appears, it’s usually not contagious anymore. She woke up every hour all night on Monday, and took about half an hour to fall back asleep. I only had tylenol and motrin in the house, and they didn’t seem to be helping. I called the pedi on Tuesday, to see if they thought they needed to see her.

Her primary doctor wasn’t in, but the doctor that we saw for both the ear infection and the rotovirus was the one who called us back. Said she didn’t need to see her unless the rash started to really bother her, she had problems breathing, or if she spiked a fever. Of course, that afternoon, she spiked a temp of 103.6 :(. They said to bring her in the next day if she still had a fever, and to give her benedryl for the rash. Tuesday night, she slept better. Still woke up every 3-4 hours or so, but that was MUCH improved from Monday night. When she woke up on Wednesday morning, she was fever free, but her hands were so swollen from the rash, they looked bruised. I decided to bring her in, and they had an appointment available with her primary.

So, we saw Dr. McCabe yesterday afternoon. She thinks it’s viral, and it could be a variation of the Fifth’s virus, it could be fifth’s, or it could be a rash in reaction to the roto from last week. But, she said there was bacterial infection that can be underlying the viral rash, and she recommended antibiotics. She said there is a blood test, but it takes 5 days to come back, and if it were her kid, she’d just do the meds. She knows we like to try alternative care, and all of that, and she does some herself, so I trusted her judgement and agreed. Kennedy has been poked and prodded enough the last 3 weeks, I really didn’t want to go through the trauma of a blood draw too. She also suggested switching to Claritin or Zrytec, as I hadn’t seen the benedryl helping at all. She wants us to continue that for a week after the rash is gone.

So, from the pedi, we went to target and got the Rx filled. We wandered while we waited, and walked down the clearance toy aisle. Kennedy immediately spotted some Yo Gabba Gabba dolls on clearance. So, I bought her a Foofa doll that talks and makes silly sounds when you make her jump. It was only 6.25, and she LOVES it. I thought she deserved a little something for being such a sick peanut.

Oh, the good news is that according to the scale at this office, she hasn’t lost weight since last week’s visit for the roto. I’m not sure I believe that, and it was a different scale…so it could be off. She definitely feels like she’s lost some since last week. But, it means even if she has lost some, it’s not a lot! So, that part is VERY good!


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