Monday, January 17, 2011

One sick little girl

We had gotten a lot of snow recently. In fact, Scarlett's school was cancelled both Wednesday and Thursday of last week, so I stayed home from work with her. You can imagine the inconvenience of it all when she suddenly spiked a really high fever on Thursday night and we realized that someone would need to stay home with her on Friday too. (Joe's turn.)
As she tends to do when she has a high fever before going to bed, Scarlett vomited throughout most of the night. Friday came and her fever was up to 102.7 - it was controllable with Tylenol and when we called her pediatrician we were told that there is a stomach bug going around (which is true) and not to bother coming in.
But Scarlett continued to complain of a sore throat for the next two days and she wasn't eating or drinking much of anything. She was also complaining that her tongue hurt. Her fever got up to 103.7 on Sunday, and I noticed that she had broken out in a bit of a rash on her stomach. I called her pediatrician again (who, thank god, was open on Sundays from 9-12 for emergencies only) and they told me to bring her in immediately. Turns out, she had scarlet fever. And while that sounds really bad - it's not. could be bad if left untreated, but we're obviously treating it. Scarlet fever is a really bad case of strep throat with a few more accompanying symptoms. Scarlett's pediatrician told me that she wished she had one of her medical students with her because Scarlett was a textbook case of scarlet fever. From the rash to her tongue to the strep throat - she displayed all the symptoms perfectly (unfortunately for her). They did a quick strep test in the Dr.'s office which came back as possitive for strep in about 30 seconds instead of the 6 minutes she told me it usually takes, and wrote a prescription for an antibiotic that has worked WONDERS in the 24 hours she's been on it. So - Scarlett is doing much better and will be able to return to school tomorrow, but man. She was a miserable little girl for those 4 days.


Pokolodi said...

Poor sicky-poo! Ugh. Really, poor kid. I hope she feels better very, very soon!