Jake has had a cough since xmas eve. Heavy, but not chunky (then). By the Weds after xmas, he had a fever and the cough was heavier and chunky. Took him to the doc (Dr. B.) on Thursday. No fever at the time, but his lungs were clear. Doc said it looked like the flu, but he looked too sick for it to just be the flu. Would probably move to bronchitis or pneumonia. Wonderful.
Fever lasted all through NYE and finally broke by new years day. However, chunky cough had become rattle in chest (but still chunky).
Took him back to the doc (Dr. S.). She listened to his lungs, heard the crackle (seriously, that’s the medical term for it) and diagnosed Walking Pneumonia. couldn’t get an x-ray because it was closed for the holiday, but she sent us home with a script for azithromycin (zythromax) and predisone. Start azithromycin that day, but hold off on steroid to see how antibiotic worked. Gave him the antibotic and some lunch. An hour later he was doubled over in pain and then ran for the bathroom. EVERYTHING came up. Called the after hours nurses hotline. They said azithromycin CAN upset the stomach, keep taking it (wasn’t due for another dose until the next day). About 5 hours later, his fingers, hands and feet started to itch. At some point, overnight, he developed a rash on his upper body (some on the lower extremeties). Called the doctor’s office to talk to the doc (Dr. B.) about the rash. Didn’t get a call back (until last night!), so I made the call that he was allergic to the azithromycin and I wasn’t giving him any more. I was going to hold off on the steriod until Thursday (yesterday) to see how his breathing was.
Yesterday, he went to school. Spirits high, energetic. Excited to see his girl. Apparently, he didn’t eat lunch (although he told me he DID…however, he only had some chips and a drink :-/). Came home from school, played with a friend. Even went upstairs to his room to play video games. Called him down for dinner and he had a bad headache (right eye) and needed the light turned off. Took some Motrin and then went to lay on the couch, taking his dinner with him. He ate dinner, but 30 mins later ran for the bathroom. Never heard that sound come out of him before. (obviously, he lost his dinner :-/). Called Dr. B. back to discuss. Wanted him [Jake] to be seen in the office.
Kept him home today and took him in to see Dr. O. She listened to the history, his heart and his lungs; and checked his ears and throat. Bilateral fluid in the ears and red throat. Fluid was milky, but didn’t necessarily mean an infection (he didn’t say that his ears hurt at all and neither did his throat). Throat was chalked up to coughing and nasal drainage (ew). She still heard the crackle in his upper left lobe so sent us for a chest xray. The xray showed inflammation in the left lobe, but comparing it to an older xray showed it was there too (just not as much). Dr. O. thought maybe tuberculosis, but as he’s never had any exposure, ruled it out. He is to rest, take it easy, use his inhaler (history of asthma), but cleared to go back to school. The vomitting last night was chalked up to a migraine (of which, he has a history). Obviously if something changes or he gets worse, we’re to call back.
My boy knows how to start off a new year, doesn’t he?
If you need me, I’ll be in a rubber room with the white huggy-coat… 8-}