Possible Thrush and HFMD

Recently we received information from my son’s school regarding an out break of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease, or HFMD. My son is in 8th grade, so I didn’t expect that he’d catch it and bring it home to share with us. Of course he did!

He had a high fever around 102 for a couple of days, and pretty much felt terrible with a sore throat. Then he started complaining that his hands and feet were sensitive. He tried to show me spots on his hands, but honestly I didn’t see anything abnormal…. until a rash developed. Then it spread like crazy!

I read up on the illness, and there is no treatment for it besides taking fever and pain relievers. It is also contagious long after symptoms are cleared up. It’s so frustrating to know that kids are allowed to be in school once the fever is gone, even though they are still very contagious.

Having a newborn in my house, this isn’t an illness I want to deal with. My baby has already struggled to gain weight since she was born, if she gets painful mouth sores that make it less likely for her to eat that could lead to serious issues. As it is, my now 4 year old (as of Tuesday) had a fever of 104 last night and has been refusing to eat and drink much due to his sore throat.

My feverish four year old

Throw in what I am pretty sure is a case of thrush for the baby…. and the risk of possible eating problems for her increases greatly.

I called her pediatrician as soon as they opened today, only to wait an hour for them to call and tell me to contact my OBGYN since they can treat both of us. So, I do that right away. Here I sit typing this post 5 hours later without hearing back from them! I tried calling back only to be put on hold for more than 5 minutes, so I hung up. I am doubtful I will have answers to whether we need to be seen or if prescriptions can be ordered any time soon. I hate to feel like I am pestering them, but being Friday with a Monday holiday I really want to get this settled soon.

I suppose another call is about to be made.

*Update*

I called my OBGYN, only to be told they can’t treat the baby, and won’t treat me until she is diagnosed and on treatment!

Of course I have to call her doctor back and explain what I’ve been told. The person who answers was surprised they weren’t treating the baby and that it was suggested that my doctor treat her. SERIOUSLY!

Now, the doctor who was given my original request was with a patient and so is the doctor who last saw my daughter. I am now anxiously waiting a call from someone from the pediatrician so I can call my doctor back before closing time to get my own treatment. I just wanted to take care of this first thing this morning…I even set an alarm to do so, but yet here I am wondering if a trip to urgent care is my only hope for treatment.

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It’s Just A Cold…I Think

My family has been struck with illness. All 5 of us have it to some degree. My oldest son was the first to catch it, and is now the least ill. He only has an occasional cough. I don’t think I had the fever that the kids all had, but maybe I did without realizing. My temperature has been running high now that I’m pregnant anyway. The little ones and I have had nasty coughs. I feel so bad for them, since they haven’t really been able to cough anything out. They both coughed to the point of nearly choking on phlegm, and puking. My poor babies!

My husband was the last to come down with it, and it’s hitting him pretty hard today as he’s working a twelve hour shift. He has to work another tomorrow too.

I don’t think it’s the flu, but it could easily be bronchitis or lead to pneumonia. This chest congestion is awful. I’ve been giving the little ones a mucus thinner, so they can hopefully get the junk out before it settles in and becomes a more serious illness.

It’s especially hard to have the baby this sick, since he isn’t talking yet. He has definitely been extra cranky for a few days.

A fever that won’t quit, and possible pregnancy?Β 

My baby’s fever is gone thank God, but mine won’t go away.😞

My fever started Sunday, and it’s been up and down since then. It was just over 102 this morning,  and after medication it has only dropped to 100.5. I am still extremely  congested too. I have had a sinus headache all day, so bad that my teeth hurt. 

I also took a home pregnancy test this morning that looked negative, but then looked like there may have been a very faint positive line. I will probably test again tomorrow, or by the end of the week. I am having some symptoms, my first sign of pregnancy is actually spotting.  The spotting I have in early pregnancy is much different than normal period bleeding. 

Just in case I am pregnant,  I have to be careful about how I medicate myself for this illness. I have been using ibuprofen, but with a possible positive test this morning I will switch to acetaminophen only. I really hope this fever breaks by morning,  because I have to work tomorrow. I also hope my congestion clears, since I am miserable. It will be very difficult to work while feeling this way.😞

Baby’s First FeverΒ 

My poor baby is 7 months old, and has his first fever. His 11 year old brother had a fever of 103 a few nights ago. I really hope Jakey doesn’t get one that high.πŸ˜’ It’s only been up to 101, but he’s a helpless little babe. The 2 year old slept a solid 12 hours last night, and has been fighting a cold himself. So far thankfully, he doesn’t have a fever. My 11 year old, and I both have chest congestion and coughs. This is all stemming from the illness I recently wrote about. This has lingered way too long!

It still upsets me that someone was not upfront with me about her family’s illness, but I still think I might have allowed my son to go on the outing anyway. I do think the original illness came from that outing, but since it is lingering and the fever hit so far into the illness we may have caught something else while we were at a weakened state. 😞

It just breaks my heart to hear my infant coughing, and miserably whining.