I realized, after receiving a message from a relative out of town, that I had asked for prayers for Zachary a few weeks ago when he was in the midst of an unknown rash, etc… but then I didn’t bother informing the internet of what has happened since.
Z. was officially diagnosed with an allergic reaction probably to penicillin. That was by the dermatologist. That was fine… well, not fine, fine, but at least we knew what was happening.
But… the pediatrician was still not convinced it was totally an allergic reaction. And to be honest, after watching the rashes over a few days it definitely looked like there was more stuff going on. Like, the rashes that he had, the one on his face and the one on his body and the other one on his butt, were all different.
We never really have figured out what happened on his face. He did have a staph infection concentrated around his nose, but I don’t know if those were related. We didn’t test anything else.
His allergy rash is pretty much all cleared up. Whatever was on his face is mostly gone as well. His nose is still a little raw. Actually it’s double raw now because he was trying to crawl out of the garden box and nose dived onto the bricks. And his yeast infection is much better, but still hanging around.
And the ear infection that was starting has all but cleared so we didn’t give him the second antibiotic. Didn’t want to have him react to that one too while he was still getting over the first.
So, that’s him in a nutshell. Much better. Thank you all so much who prayed!
In a related vein, I’ve had a few hints dropped that I should be changing pediatricians because she “wasn’t able to diagnose the allergic reaction…”
How to say this? It seems to be one of those things where you really had to be there to see the progression of things. I’m not really going to get onto a huge “defend my pediatrician” soapbox here, but I do want to say I’ve known this doctor for over 20 years. You can’t build a relationship like that over night. There have been things in the past which have made me realize how important it is to have someone who knows you and your family for that length of time and could vouch for you if need be. That’s not something I take lightly, and that’s not something I’ll ever be quick to throw away.
Could she have maybe suggested allergic reaction before two Wednesdays ago (when the rash really did look allergic)? Yes. Did she? No. Did she have her reasons? Yes. Did I talk to her about it? Yes. Multiple times. Did she miss a diagnosis? I don’t know.
Are others able to have their opinion on whether or not I should keep this doctor? Absolutely. Do I have to listen? I’ve noted the concerns and I do thank everyone who has voiced them. I do understand that you care about our family and you only want what’s best. So do I.
Something a bit more positive
Well, lets move on shall we?
Katherine moved upstairs. Like all the way to the 3rd floor. She likes to refer to it as her “attic room” or “tower room”… basically think “Princess Room”.
Other than falling off the bed the first night and having that room be on the chillier side, she seems to be LOVING it! She hasn’t chosen to have her “nap” down in the living room since she moved up there.
I think it’s a good thing for her. She seems to need her own space. I have nothing against the kids sharing a room, even a boy/girl sharing, but she needs to have a space to unwind all by herself.
If you’re going to allow your kids to “help” with the laundry, you should probably keep an eye on them.
The pile of wet, dirty rags may end up in the dryer (not washed).
Tha half full basket of clean laundry that was waiting to be brought upstairs may end up in the washer (again).
Double the amount of soap may be used.
I guess it’s good that Kat. has figured out how to make sure the load level is set to “Super” and “Cold” so that way at least we won’t end up totally killing the washer by overloading… Or the clothes by hot water/colors running…
Photo class: Getting stuff printed..
This class (called Embrace Your Phone) popped up in my FB feed a few weeks ago and on a whim I decided I would join (it’s free!). It started Monday, but she’s still taking sign ups I think. It’s a short class, but basically so far deals with getting the pictures off your phone, organized (and purged), and eventually printed.
So far I’ve managed to get rid of about 300 pictures (working from about 1000, taken over the course of 3+ months) that I would never have printed and basically are either really bad or just pointless.
Anyways, getting pictures printed has been one of my yearly goals for a few years now (failed every time). Ideally I’d like to do a photo book a year. So, if this sounds like something you’d be interested in, it’s been super helpful for me. 🙂
Z’s 1st Birthday
In the midst of all the doctors visits last week Zachary celebrated his first birthday!
He was only semi-interested in the cake with a candle. And he only halfheartedly chewed on the non-frosting end of said candle when we put the cake in front of him. But he sure did enjoy that cake straight up!
We had just a little family party with dinner and cake and that turned out to be enough for me. I think I was just so exhausted by that point in the week.
Shared this last year I’m sure.. This is Z within an hour after he was born. (I’d share the ones of me holding him, but…. they aren’t quite internet-appropriate… and I can’t find them on my computer… so 🙂 )
And just realized this post is over 1000 words (longer than I normally aim for)… and it’s after 2:00PM and I need to get my dinner going, like, now. So with that I’m fudging out my last “take”. More quick takes at Kelly’s!