We arrived at my parents on Friday night, only to contaminate their entire house with 2 coughing kids. Things only got worse…it was a symphony of hacking coughs, snotty sneezes & crying children. By Tuesday morning our son broke out in a nasty rash. At first it looked like heat rash. I though maybe he got a heat rash due to the fever (which ranged 99 to 101.6). However, it just didn’t look right, so we took him to Kaiser. Since we live in Northern California, we had to get a Southern California medical record number. Nothing is ever easy! We arrived at urgent care at 11:30 and they sent us to the pediatric department to schedule an appointment…only to find out that they were on lunch until 1:30. GREAT! Luckily we were able to get a 1:45 appointment.
The doctor’s first diagnosis was allergic reaction. She gave him a dose of Benadryl and sent us to get a chest x-ray since she heard a rattling in his chest. Giving our son medicine is as bad as pulling teeth! He will spit it out, scream bloody murder…you get the picture…not a fun activity. He was a trooper though after the doctor told him she would have to give him a shot if he didn’t take it…he took the Benadryl…whimpering then entire time.
Getting the x-ray was hysterical…well, I thought it was funny. Logan did great with the first, straight-on x-ray…but the side shot was a little more challenging. I mean, how in the world do you keep a 3 year old standing still when he is not feeling good and only wants to look at the “camera”??? We finally did get the x-ray…and good news — NO Pneumonia! However, his rash didn’t get better with the Benadryl, so she brought in a second doctor to see what he thought. The second doctor was a infections specialist and he decided that Logan didn’t have an allergic reaction, but Roseola. After a breathing treatment (which was a screaming fit), we were sent home.
Wednesday morning we woke up and Logan’s rash doubled in size and was BRIGHT red…and now it itched like crazy. Back to Kaiser we went…to see a Family Nurse Practitioner. Low and behold, she decided it wasn’t Roseola, but an allergic reaction. Great…back to step 1. She too wanted a second opinion, so after 3 doctors and 1 nurse they decided it was a form of hives (allergic reaction). This time we were sent home with a prescription cream, Benadryl & told to use Aveeno Lotion…all things to stop the itching.
Thursday the rash looked a little lighter and the Benadryl definitely helped with the itching. Today, Friday, Christmas Eve…Logan is doing much better. The rash is still very evident, but it’s starting to fade and the medication is really keeping the itching under control. He might just have a Merry Christmas after all…I mean geez Aunt Wendy & Riggins arrived last night with more presents…so we must get better so we can open them all!
Happy Holidays to everyone!