Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Germs, Germs, Germs

Abby has had a lingering fever off and on for a week.  She only went to school for a day and a half last week, but then was fine over the weekend.  I sent her yesterday thinking that the germs were behind us (after using 2 cans of Lysol spray and a jar of wipes on our house!), only to get a call from the nurse saying Abby had a fever of 102.7.  Ugh.

I took her to walk-in sick visits yesterday and was thrilled that our regular, amazing pediatrician would be the one seeing her.  (They are all wonderful--Dr, S. has just been our go-to for the last 6 years!)  He did a flu and strep test, which came back negative....leading us toward wondering if it was her incision.  Ugh.

He ordered a chest xray and blood work to check for pneumonia and infection markers.  We got those done this morning.  The blood work won't be back until tomorrow, but he just called with the xray results...pneumonia.  The halo makes it difficult to see the lungs clearly, but the radiologist felt pretty strongly that it was there.  Thankfully, Dr. S had already put her on an antibiotic to clear up any lasting ear infection (the 3rd antibiotic for it!), so it will also cover the pneumonia.

God bless Dr. Singh and his thoroughness.  I actually was thinking the xray was a little overkill,but I'm so glad he ordered it!  Now, we will monitor Abby closely, keep her comfortable, and call Dr. S. if anything changes.  Thank goodness for the pulse ox, oxygen, and nebulizer we have in the house!

Abby will be home the rest of the week, since she already has an appointment scheduled on Thursday at CHOP and Friday is teacher inservice.  I'm hoping that a week of rest will help her to kick these germs once and for all.  She slept for 4 hours during the day yesterday and has been asleep for 2 hours so far today.  She's not really eating anything, but I can't really blame her.  The only thing she seems to really want is Wawa lemonade, so that's what she's getting!

If you ever questioned my obsession with protecting Abby from unnecessary germs and requiring that people who come to our house have the flu vaccine...this is why.  We are SO careful, and she still caught a little cold that turned into pneumonia.  Just imagine what it would be like if we didn't limit her exposure!  Now, we are just praying that she will stay out of the hospital and avoid anymore germs.


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