What to muse about today?

February 3, 2012

on February 3, 2012

Feet night of 2-2

You know it’s never a good thing when the doctor says “impressive”, and then calls the other doctors in the office to come see.

It started last night.  Ashlin came home with another rash.  Day care (thankfully didn’t send her home!) thought it was a contact rash.  Although it covered her arms and legs, she didn’t seem very bothered by it.  I gave her a dose of Benadryl before bed, hoping it would help bring it down.  It didn’t.  I also hoped the Benadryl would help her sleep.  It didn’t.  Sigh.  I do wish this little girl would settle down and sleep better.

When she woke in the morning, her “spotty” rash was more blotchy, and was all over.  I called the doctor.

Leg night of 2-2

The earliest appointment wasn’t until 11:30.

When we got there, the PA had me strip Ashlin down, and when she came back to get her temperature, was amazed at the coverage of the rash.  I suppose that should have been some sort of forewarning.

The doctor came in, and she was also impressed with the rash.  After listening to me describe Ashlin’s symptoms from Sunday night and then what Stu told me from Monday, she saw how I would have thought viral rash.  Ashlin did have at least two days of a high fever.  She thought at first that could have possibly been Fifth’s Disease, not Roseola like I did, but it’s the wrong season, and not all the symptoms fit.  She confirmed Tuesday’s diagnosis of an allergic reaction to the Amoxicillin.

She hadn’t seen a reaction as strong, with as much coverage, as Ashlin’s.  Great.  The first person she called in to look was the doctor that will be on call this weekend.  Then she called in another doctor, then the doctor we usually see.  Oh, and then the one from Tuesday’s appointment, who confirmed to her that Ashlin didn’t look any where near this bad then, and that it was more pin-point than the hive like blotches she has now.

Leg 2-3

Then she took pictures of Ashlin’s legs and back.  Several pictures.

Ashlin’s ears, which were clear on Tuesday, had regressed, and were infected again.  Both were bad though, only the left was bulging.

So, anyway, we’re to dose her every six hours with Benadryl for a day, and if the rash seems better, drop the dosage to every 12.  Also, to watch her, (like we wouldn’t!), and if her temperature goes up, if her rash becomes more hive-like and raised, if it seems to get itchy, if Ashlin starts getting more fussy, if her joints seem to swell or ache, we’re supposed to call.  Right away.  Everyone from the office that’s working this weekend is aware of the situation.  And they’ve seen her rash.

They gave us a new prescription for her ears, but said we should wait a day or two before we giver her any.  We need to have the rash clear up before we give her anything that she could react to.  They don’t want any possible side effects from the Azithromycin to be muddied by her existing reaction to the Amoxicillin.

Back 2-3

This afternoon, the Benadryl made Ashlin sleepy. I woke her for dinner, which she wolfed down.  Second dose and her eyes were rolling up in her head.  She was down in about five minutes.

Hopefully, the Benadryl does it’s job, and clears the rash up.  Makes it better.  It would also be nice if it helps her sleep.  Because that would help me sleep more.  I need more sleep.  I’m tired of walking around in what feels like a daze, ready to fall asleep if I sit still for more than ten minutes.

But more than sleep for me, I just want her to be better.


Teagan had an accident today.  She had made it through almost all of the day without one.  Her accident was at 4:30.  So, she didn’t get her reward – the light box – today.  Maybe tomorrow.  Hopefully tomorrow.


64 responses to “February 3, 2012

  1. Susie says:

    Susie D* M* commented on your post.

    Susie wrote: “That is what Leo’s rash looked like when he had his reaction to the amoxicillin. He was only on his face and parts of his back though. Hope things clear up soon! Hugs!”

  2. Wendy says:

    Wendy B* S* commented on your post.

    Wendy wrote: “Poor baby! They’re always full of surprises, aren’t they? I hope she feels better soon.”

    • lisasff says:

      Thanks Wendy! I do have to say she’s been pretty cheerful – when she’s awake – during all this. Not too fussy, and a bit snuggly, which is kinda nice. Still, it would be nice for her to not be sick any more.

  3. Toni says:

    Toni F* commented on your post.

    Toni wrote: “Hugs!! Poor baby and poor mama. hope you get some sleep and she gets better!”

  4. Janice says:

    Janice E* commented on your post.

    Janice wrote: “Aww poor baby. Karlee is allergic to amoxicillin and when she ha her rash it was huge welts all over her body. Her bum was one big welt. It was scary. She had to be on an Iv at the hospital. Benadryl wouldn’t work. Hope it goes away fast!!”

    • lisasff says:

      Janice, thanks! Last night, her bum was ok, this morning, it was a big welt too. the poor kid. The doctor called the blotches “hive-like” but not hives. Hoping the Benadryl works, she’s had a bunch since Tuesday, and the rash only seems to be getting worse.

  5. Riana says:

    Riana commented on your post.

    Riana wrote: “Poor little thing! Poor mama! Hoping you both get rest and little Ashlin heals up quickly.”

  6. Kellie says:

    Kellie G*P* commented on your post.

    Kellie wrote: “How is she doing?”

    • lisasff says:

      Kellie, she went down pretty easily last night. The small peek I had this morning while she was nursing seems like it may be fading. She’s not up for the day yet, but we’ll find out better then.

      • Barbara says:

        Barbara N*R* wrote: “Poor baby. Did she get better today?”

        • lisasff says:

          Barbara, you must have missed my update! She’s going so much better today, the rash/reaction has faded a lot. It is still there though. We’ll be starting the Zythromycin tomorrow, as her ears are bothering her. Again.

          • Barbara says:

            Barbara wrote: “now that you write again I remember the “starting Zyth tomorrow…” part but don’t recall the “much better today”! LOL! I really need to get more sleep. GLAD the rash is getting better and hope the ears follow.”

  7. Lori says:

    Lori G* commented on your post.

    Lori wrote: “Poor baby! And hugs to her parents too. : )

    Did the Dr. suggest giving Ashlin an oatmeal bath to soothe the hive like bumps? Just wondering if that may help as well.”

    • lisasff says:

      Thanks Lori.

      Her rash doesn’t seem to itch or really bother her at all. She’s more bothered by her ears than the rash.

      Hopefully the Benadryl works on the rash. Soon.

  8. Michelle says:

    Michelle P* commented on your post.

    Michelle wrote: “Poor thing! “

  9. Vicky says:

    Vicky W*L* commented on your post.

    Vicky wrote: “Poor girl!”

  10. Rosey Posey says:

    Rosey Posey commented on your post.

    Rosey Posey wrote: “poor thing. luckily this week is coming to an end.”

    • lisasff says:

      Thank you! and you said it! This week can’t end quickly enough for me.

      I got a peek at her arm this morning – she only woke to nurse, not fully – and the rash seems a bit faded, but we’ll see when it’s time to get her up and change her.

  11. Kris A says:

    Wow. what a week. I had a rash like that from Augmentin. In the future, you will probably see some antibiotic names you are unfamiliar with because she can’t take penicillan based ones. I hope it is clearing up. You are not having the easiest time at motherhood!!!

    • lisasff says:

      Kris, no, we’re not having an easy time with this one. She really has been a challenge! Teagan, with her constant ear infections, in a way was easier… Teagan could take amoxicillan, augmenten (which she hated!). She was usually on omnicef though.

      Ashlin’s rash is better today… faded. Stu had issues when he was on the major doses of amoxicillan, his tongue swelled…

  12. Zena says:

    Zena C* commented on your post.

    Zena wrote: “Poor baby!”

  13. Christie says:

    Christie W* T* commented on your post.

    Christie wrote: “Awe, poor little Ashlin. I hope she’s feeing better and it’s cleared right up.”

    • lisasff says:

      Christie, she’s doing much, much better today. The Benadryl has really helped. The rash/reaction is still there, but faded. Such a relief to see her better, though now her ears are really bothering her. We start the Zythramycin tomorrow!

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  15. Cheryl says:

    Cheryl M*F* commented on your post.

    Cheryl wrote: “ug… i had a reaction like that to a sulfa anti-b they gave me once as a precaution. it was awful. and i was 44! hugs to you all…:

    • lisasff says:

      Thanks! She was basically totally covered. It was crazy! We’re lucky that it seemed like she wasn’t bothered much by it, it was just there. I can’t imagine being like that, and itchy, as a grown up! Yikes! That must have been absolutely horrible!

  16. Leah says:

    Leah S* commented on your post.

    Leah wrote: “Poor baby! I should post Gabe’s pictures from his allergic reaction to Augmentin. It was terrible. He was miserable and couldn’t stop itching and it took two visits to the urgent care/er and steroids to get his reaction calmed down”

    • lisasff says:

      I am so thankful that it didn’t appear to be itchy. We ended up not needing steroids, or even to call in over the weekend. I don’t think I’d be sane now if we did. Kudos to you for having gone through that. Ashlin’s still got a ghost of the rash, and it does show up more during a bath.

  17. Tammy says:

    Tammy S* commented on your post.

    Tammy wrote: “I am very sorry to hear about the rash. I certainly hope it clears up completely so that you can get her started on something for those ears. I have had similar episodes at the doctors office with both myself and my son. It is embarassing for me, but torture to watch them all checking my son out.”

    • lisasff says:

      Thanks! She’s doing so much better now. She had her second dose of zythromycin this morning, and seems to be doing ok – day care hasn’t called yet. I do hope I didn’t just jinx something :)

  18. Sherri says:

    Sherri H* W* commented on your post.

    Sherri wrote: “Poor little thing. I hope she’s feeling better. Jack had an allergic reaction to Omnicef this summer. The hives didn’t bother him at all but he had red splotches all over his belly and back.?

    • lisasff says:

      Thanks!! Reactions like this are deffo not fun! She’s better now, with just the ghost of a rash/blotches. Fingers crossed that she’s not allergic to anything else.

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  21. Richard says:

    Thank you for sharing. My son looks like he is having the same phases you described. It’s very helpful reading your article. Thank you!

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