Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Streak Has Ended

Up until today, Charlotte has not had a "sick child" visit to the pediatrician. She has only seen our doctor for well checks, which is a beautiful thing. Her healthy streak has ended after 1209 days.

It all begins with regular preschool attendence. That was the case with the triplets, and sure enough, now Charlotte has been initiated into the school-illness formula. When you hang out with other kids on a regular basis there is a serious germ swap. This is one of the downsides of school. Homeschooling is not an option for me, so the kids will just adapt to the situation and get sick once in a while.

Sorry guys, Mommie practically threw you into the den of snot bubbles and hacking coughs for the sake of her own selfish sanity.

After my own sinus infection was cured, I noticed that Charlotte began to show the signs of the dreaded common cold. I treated her symptoms with a combination of nighttime Dimetapp before bed, and the mucus relief type crystal melts during the day.

I bathed her with Eucalyptus gel and gave her a spoonful of honey. It seemed to be working until last night when she spiked a fever and was miserable.

This morning, Charlotte woke up and was cranky. Well, I should say, she was cranky by comparison to her normal self. This is a child that is never irritated or fussy, so when she is pooky, it is a sign of seriousness. She complained of a sore throat and when I looked at her tonsils they were red and streaked.

When I changed her out of her pajamas, she had this blotchy, raised rash on her back, arms, and legs. I instantly knew it was the dreaded Strep, so we trotted off to the doctor for her first "sick child" visit.

Dr. Costlow knows that when I schlep a kid to her office on a Saturday, it is for real. She cultured Charlotte's throat and sure enough, positive for strep. As we left her office, I joked that I would see her again in a few days with another child. Monkey see, monkey do, monkey is contagious too.

After the prescription was faxed to Giant Eagle, we went and picked up her amoxicillin and headed home for some R & R. Charlotte looked so pitiful just hanging out on the couchor being cozy with Penny. Stillness and silence is so unlike her.

Chalk this up to another milestone in the life of Charlotte. Since this blog is like a virtual baby book, we can document this post with another allbeit sad, "first" for my baby.

Now the waiting game begins. Tick tock, Tick tock, how much longer before the others exhibit symptoms. Our wellness streak has ended. Let the antibiotics begin.


Katherine Josh said...

Loquat is for cough and lung in Chinese medicine. Sometimes i would take the Ninjiom Pei Pa Koa which is an extract of loquat when got scratchy throat.

You can access info online @

bearie1 said...

Sorry she is sick now, but wow, what a record. She should be feeling much better by now and here's hoping that you dodge the bullet with the other three. Elaine

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