So my original intention was to do a post on New Year’s Resolutions…three days ago. Life, as usual, has sidetracked me. If you read my last post, you know we spent much of our holiday vacation with sick kids. On Monday, one week after my daughter was seen and treated for an ear infection, she broke out in a rash. It now is from the top of her head all the way down to her knees.
The exact diagnosis is unknown, but the doctor suspects either a drug reaction to the antibiotic (which she had never had before) or a virus. So since Monday morning, I’ve basically been in panic mode watching one more red spot after another pop up on my daughter’s skin and grow into red blotchy clusters. I’ve been taking her temperature (which has remained normal- which is more than I can say for me), pressing on the spots to make sure they “blanch,” and paying close attention to certain areas like the palms of her hands and soles of her feet. I am thankful for two things at this point. 1) The doctor said the original ear infection cleared and 2) The rash doesn’t seem to be bothering her at all. In fact, the worst part about it for Cecilia is dealing with my constant poking and prodding.
This morning, Cecilia’s face seems a little better and the red clusters have faded a bit, so we’re still doing a “wait and see” approach with whatever this is. Now that I think she’s not at risk of some kind of anaphylactic shock, I’ve settled down a bit too. So maybe I can start working on the New Year’s Resolution I never end up keeping…
Here’s a picture of what my sweet little baby normally looks like:
Here’s what my sweet baby is dealing with now (this was yesterday morning- hope her outfit doesn’t clash with her skin):
And here’s last night, probably at its worst (keep in mind these are from her scalp all the way to her knees):
I hope we’ve seen the worst of it, and like I said, I’m so extremely thankful that it doesn’t seem to be bothering her at all. Joey think she looks like a leopard and Jake keeps calling her a “leper” (which for the time being I don’t find funny) and telling me to make sure she’s not growing a tail. I’ll be keeping an ever watchful (and annoying) eye on her until the last spot goes away.
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