Thursday, February 03, 2005

Miracle drugs

E has been sick. Very sick. On Sunday, he threw up his lunch and then slept the rest of the day. His temperature was over 100 and he was very listless. I took him to the doctor on Monday and the Dr. said it was probably viral. They did a throat culture to rule out strep throat (negative), listened to his chest (sounded good) and looked in his ears (no ear infection).

Diagnosis: Take him home; make sure he drinks (clear liquids) and see if he will eat bland food (didn't).

Result: He threw up everything he ate (as little as that was). He did drink and his diapers were wet so he wasn't dehydrated.

Tuesday his temperatue got up to 102 that evening. He hadn't held any food down since Sunday (threw up 3 times on Tuesday).

Wednesday his temperature was 101.8 at 8 AM so I called the doctor's office and left a message for the doctor asking if he should be seen again. The doctor said to bring him in so we went in on Weds afternoon. Doctor asked if I wanted to wait on starting tests as he was still in the range of it being something viral (viral infections usually run their course in 4-5 days). I said we might as well just begin testing now. They took blood (E cried), a chest x-ray (E cried) and attached a bag to his little penis to capture his urine (E cried).

Doctor called back before we got home.

Diagnosis: pneumonia, a mild case. Good thing I decided to go ahead and test.

Result: antibiotics have already begun to do their thing and little E is starting to act like himself again.

No comments: