More ill health to write about…
As an aside, it seems like the frequency of illness goes up exponentially with the number of kids in the house.
Anyway, Son #4 is currently on antibiotics. Earlier this week he came down with what we thought was a virus. As things progressed, however, we got a bit more worried. He developed a “gagging” cough that bordered on uncontrollable at times, and was also running a consistent fever. We also learned that a little girl in his preschool class was recently hospitalized with a Mycoplasma infection that resulted in atypical (i.e., walking) pneumonia.
Given his symptoms and the this little tidbit of information, the doctor prescribed antibiotics (azithromycin in the form of a Zithromax Z-Pack). And guess what? This morning, he’s noticeably better. The cough still comes back a bit, but it’s much improved and the fever is gone.
Next up… Son #3 has been feeling a bit under the weather for the past couple of weeks. We’ve attributed much of this to his continuing recovery from his tonsilectomy and adenoidectomy. We’re confident that he doesn’t have an ear infection despite periodic ear discomfort. However, strep has been going around the elementary school, and he was starting to show signs consistent with a strep infection. So… We took him in for a throat culture. Negative. But this Mycoplasma issue has us wondering. The doctor wrote us a prescription for azithromycin (in the form of another Z-Pack) just in case, but we’ve opted against having it filled until we have a better handle on what’s going on.
Finally, Son #1 awoke this morning with a raging sore throat. Given his history with strep as well as its prevalence at school right now, we’re not taking any chances. The jury is still out on this one
That leaves Son #2. After a rough baby- and toddlerhood, when it seemed like he caught every bug on the face of the earth and had almost continual ear infections, he’s pretty much bulletproof at this point. He’s like the anti-germ. I suspect he’s resistant to pretty much everything because he’s already had it all.