Last week we had fevers and tummy bugs in BG and MG. LG was coming through unscathed. Everyone seemed healthy on Sunday, so I sent them off for a visit and overnight with my parents. The snowstorm yesterday meant they couldn’t return until today. While it was lovely to have some quiet, we missed them a lot.

Meanwhile, as I am sitting around reading and reviewing books at my house, the sick fairy was visiting LG at her grandparents house. The same fever and stomach bug hit her, and she didn’t want to play in the snow. This morning, though, she woke up with a reddish puffy face that didn’t get less puffy with Benadryl.

Snuggling in Sick Bay

After a visit with the nice doctor, she’s been diagnosed with cellulitis (skin infection), and is on antibiotics. We’re a bit freaked out by cellulitis, because that is what MG had when she was 3 1/2 and was hospitalized for 5 days on IV antibiotics after a dog bite. Apparently it’s a skin infection, and could be from staph or strep. We want to make sure she gets better, having a kid in the hospital was no fun! MG is busy telling LG that even if the medicine doesn’t taste good, it’s much better than shots!

Food allergies complicate everything – we ended up having to go to the compounding pharmacy to pick up her medicine because that antibiotic only came in strawberry flavor. Thankfully we have a compounding pharmacy in town that has completely artificial flavors. And yes, I do see the humor in someone who tries to eat organic and likes all natural products to be excited about artificial flavors! Anything can hide in “natural flavors”, though – it’s a very loose definition.

We’re hoping we can make the sick fairy leave here soon – we’ve been stuck inside for too long! Maybe the cool air will kill the germs? I really want to air out the house. Or bomb it with Lysol! The only ones still standing from this bug are me and B. I’m hoping B’s hardy constitution will save him. Perhaps being on 2 antibiotics will help me… but I know from far too much experience that antibiotics won’t do anything for a virus.

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Ms. Pope on 15 January, 2008 at 8:34 pm #

S had pre-septal cellulitis behind her eye, twice. The antibiotics didn’t really work the first time around, so the second time, she got an antibiotic shot in addition to the prescribed antibiotics. Oh, yea, and the second time was her birthday.
Hope you all feel better soon.


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jody2 on 16 January, 2008 at 2:09 pm #

It is alwasy so worrisome when they get infections.

Here’s hoping she has a quick response to her antibiotics and is back to herself in no time.


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