2 weeks ago first Kendyl, and then within 2 days, Asher became unwell... typical flu like symptoms... the headaches, feeling yuck etc...then followed by fevers....then followed by a rash... not a meningitis-type rash, a yucky pustule type rash indicative of "hand foot and mouth" disease (very common in children)....((NOTE: NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE "FOOT AND MOUTH" AS CONTRACTED BY ANIMALS!!!!)) I had to clear that up as so many people haven't heard of Hand foot and mouth and automatically think of the "animal type" that is feared by all farmers and people of the land...
Although Asher's had hand foot and mouth when he was one...and should theoretically be unlikely to get it again, the symptoms seemed pretty obvious to me and are telling me....he's got it again! I mention this to the Doctor, but she shakes her head, (as the rash hasn't yet become apparent on Ash)...and puts lil ol me in my place (I mean I am just a registered nurse...NOT a DOCTOR!!)...that there is no way he will have it again given the severity of his initial case.
Okay...so I go away from the consultation thinking that sure, Kendyls got HFMD but Asher must just have a really bad case of the 'flu then cos he's shivery, feeling nauseous, headachy...generally yuck. That is until the very next morning when he is sporting the exact same rash that our little miss is! ((SURPRISE!!)).
I feel like marching him back in to "SHOW" the doctor the rash that she's been adamant would not occur....half out of "haha I told ya so" and half out of worry for my boy since his rash is developing at the rate of knots and is looking pretty nasty.
But I don't...I just continue to treat his fevers, to check on the rash and ensure it doesnt become infected etc... and to hide him from the general public as he looks well....plain scary to be honest!
Once Kendyls spots develop, she makes a pretty speedy recovery (whew). However Mr Ash takes a decline and the spots just take over.... they're in the back of his throat...top of his mouth...in his hair, ears, up his nose..to the point where one nostril is almost closed over and full of blood/pus (TMI sorry...but most of you are Mums or nurses, I know you can handle it!).
Then they invade his poor hands...right in between his fingers...up the sides of them, so they hurt when they touch...they look really really nasty and he's a big ball of misery. I take him back for that visit to the doctor... they only give him some topical "foban" cream to apply....nevermind the nightmare of trying to dress the things without them sticking together etc... nor do they give him any antibiotics even though I try to suggest them...and try all sorts of subliminal messages...she doesn't think he's "bad" enough though.
(I try to tell her in a nice way that my son may not exhibit the moany/whingey/whoa is me signs that some kids do when they're unwell, but I know my boy and I know when he's not too good)... doesn't work.
*** THIS IS NOT ASHER, BUT A PIC OF HFMD..ASH HAD IT MUCH WORSE THAN THIS PIC TOO...SO YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW AWFUL IT HAS BEEN!! ***So...that was our stinky sickly Saturday and sunday.....................surely things have to get healthier now!!
I hope you all have had a much better weekend full of fun, HEALTH and lots of laughter!!
Hopefully my next blog will be full of good things!!