Misdiagnosis

Last week I posted about Maxton being sick. Twice.

Monday morning he had a fever, not too high, around 101 degrees farenheit. He was eating okay and playing so I thought it may be the beginning of a cold or maybe the flu. I also considered it to be teething related, but he has never had a fever while teething.

Tuesday it was around 103 degrees farenheit and his mood changed. He was more lethargic, not eating well but drinking normally. He wasn’t tugging on his ears, nor did he have difficulty swallowing. (When he had strep, he wouldn’t take a sip of water and I could hear him having difficulty swallowing.)

Around 1:30 am on Wednesday morning, his fever spiked to 105 degrees farenheit, and he looked like he had been slapped in the face (do you know where I’m going with this, now?), which I assumed was from the very high fever. So off to the ER we went, where he was diagnosed with an ear and throat infection. This surprised me, because as I mentioned he wasn’t tugging on either ear, nor was he having trouble swallowing. His fever dropped, we were given a prescription for Amoxicillin and sent home.

On Friday morning while changing him, I noticed a rash on his torso (stomach and back), up his neck and down his upper thigh. I was concerned it was a reaction to the antibiotics and called my family doctor – we were able to get in right away. His doctor checked his ears and throat and asked which ear the ER doctor said had an infection. At first I was surprised. Ummm, you’re asking me? What’s wrong with this picture? Maxton had no sign of fluid in either ear and no swelling, which meant NO EAR INFECTION. I was shocked. He then took a look at the rash, and here is how the rest of the check-up went:

Dr.: *shakes head*

Me: What is it? Is it a reaction?

Dr.: He doesn’t have an ear or throat infection. He has roseola.

Me: Pardon? Roseola…

Dr: Yes. It starts as a high unexplained fever, usually over 103 degrees farenheit. The fever disappears and then a rash begins, at the end of the virus. Loss of appetite is also a symptom, as well, their ears can appear red from the high fever. Did he have really red cheeks that looked like he was slapped in the face?

Me: YES!!!

Dr.: Mmmhhmm. Roseola, a virus. There is no treatment, therefore discontinue the antibiotics.

Me: So he was prescribed antibiotics for no reason?

Dr.: Yes.

Me: How could the ER doctor have misdiagnosed it like that?

Dr.: I don’t know where he said there was fluid, because there is none. His ears would have been inflamed from the fever, and his throat has spots on the lymph nodes from the roseola – not a throat infection.

Come to think of it, the doctor didn’t even look at Maxton. My doctor said he should have known while looking at how red his face was, combined with the very high fever, and lack of other symptoms. Ugh.

My son was prescribed antibiotics for no reason. I will be sending a letter to the hospital. They probably won’t care, but I do – it’s unacceptable.

They wanted us out of there. They didn’t ask any questions, they didn’t do any blood work, they barely paid attention to him. That scares me. I may even write to the Minister of Health, in our province. To me, it’s a big deal. A baby given antibiotics (unnecessarily) is a big deal.

I informed my family doctor I will be knocking on his door in the middle of the night, next time. I know I can trust him – he cares!

Fifteen Months of Maxton

When Maxton turned one-year-old, I debated whether I would keep up with the monthly photos. I decided against it, but that I would take one every three months, instead.

It’s hard to believe my boy is fifteen months old. It actually feels like his first birthday was just last week.

Here’s what my little monkey’s been up to:

– He is walking all the time now – still unsteady at times but 10x than when he started just over a month ago

– He says a handful of words, but seems to prefer pointing and yelling, to saying those words

– He is really good with signing “more” and “milk” which makes meal/snack time a lot easier

– He loves to make his smily/squinty face, which cracks us up

– He would rather his socks be in his mouth or on the floor, than on his feet

– He has quite the tantrums. Throwing whatever’s in his reach, attempting to hit me in the face, or “gently” biting me

– He has one nap a day – some days they are longer than others

– The word “no” just pisses him off

– He tries to say “please” when you ask him to, but it sounds more like “eeesh” – very cute.

– He loves to point to objects in books that he recognizes, and will remember some if you ask him where “said object” is.

He is such an amazing little guy, growing and learning so much, every day.

Without further ado: His fifteen month pictures!

He loves to carry his little monkey around with him. He was checking out the first (mini) snowfall this morning.

Happy 15 months, baby boy. xo

New Baby on the Block

Our good friends (and neighbours) welcomed a sweet baby girl into their family on November 21.

Sydney Elizabeth, 7lbs 6oz, 20 inches.

She is so adorable and I cannot wait to watch this little girl grow up.

She gave her Mama a rough time during her pregnancy (sickness and such) but has been an absolute angel since she was born.

She is a lucky little girl to have such amazing parents, and a super-fantastic (and wise beyond his years) brother.

Mommy, Daddy, big brother Austin, and Sydney, are all doing well.

An Entry a Day

When I was pregnant with Maxton, I kept a journal that I wrote in at least once a week. I am sad and equally embarrassed to say that my last entry was August 24, 2011 (the day he was born).

I debated whether I would just continue writing in it now (better late than never, right?), or buy a new journal and start fresh. I decided that the journal would be my “pregnancy journal” with Maxton, and that I would buy a new one and start fresh.

So, while I was at Home Sense on the weekend (dangerous this time of year), I was in search for the perfect journal that was both feminine (for me), but would make me think of my little boy. What better way than with blue butterflies? Ha-ha.

I am happy I at least have this blog, where I have shared many of his milestones and special moments during his first year; but, I will make a conscious effort to write in this journal at least once a week, and hopefully more. I hope one day he will appreciate and enjoy reading both of these journals as much as I have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy, writing in them.

They may come in handy when he has his own little one (or two, or three…), one day…

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Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers and friends!

Another Sick Day

No special post again, today. To be honest, the only reason I am even checking in, is because of my committment to NaBloPoMo, a post a day for the month of November.

Maxton’s fever spiked to 105 degrees farenheit last night, which meant a trip to the ER in the middle of the night. Thankfully his fever came down, and he was given some antibiotics to treat an ear and throat infection. This kid isn’t even in daycare yet, and he has already been on antibiotics twice for throat infections (the first time it was strep). Where did he pick this up???

Anyways, we are exhausted and are busy nursing our little guy back to health.

I hope to be back with something more exciting, tomorrow.