Tuesday, March 27, 2012

who's scarlet and why does she have fever?

We got the funk at our house.
Yep, at this very moment, we've got FOUR kids taking antibiotics.

Turns out we've got strep here.
And turns out that in some cases, strep can turn into scarlet fever.
Who knew?

Poor Miles got the worst of it.
It started off with a tummy ache and within 12 hours was 104 fever, glassy eyes, something growing out of his head (his words), and all over achiness.

He was really sad when we drove past the school last Friday on the way home from the doctor and he saw all of his friends at the annual track and field day. 

I am pretty certain his dog family knew that things weren't right.  They haven't left his side much in the last week.  No matter how hot he got or how upset, they stayed right with him.

It took about 4 days for the fever to go - even in the morning and with the tylenol he never had relief.

I started really freaking out when his lips, face, hands and feet swelled up like balloons in the Macy's parade.  And then the rash came.  All over his body.  He looked like he had chicken skin.

Poor kid is still so tired.  The doctor said that he might miss this entire week of school - just trying to get his strength back.  Today makes the 6th day, and he still is barely off the couch.  His skin hasn't started peeling yet, but we hear that is the next step.

Wyatt, Ella and Jena all have regular strep.  They are all feeling so much better today.  As a matter of fact, we could barely keep Wyatt from bouncing off the walls at our beloved pediatricians office.

Four kids taking antibiotics.  Everything is more fun when there is a race involved.  :)  Thank goodness I have lifesavers left over from Christmas to give as prizes.  You would think I'd get some laundry done while at home with all of these kids.  Ha.

Over the last 6 sickly days, we have had some epic movie watching though.  Let's see...we've watched The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Muppet Movie (4 times), Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles, Flushed Away, Dumbo, 101 Dalmatians, Beauty and the Beast, Cars, Lady and the Tramp II, and Toy Story 3.

I use to feel kinda bad that the younger kids had not seen most of the older Disney movies that the olders grew up loving.  Guess I'm not feeling so bad about that anymore.

Fingers crossed - we'll send at least two of these kids to school tomorrow!

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