So, after a couple of weeks of on again/off again sickness between the 3 boys, this morning found Landon & I at the pediatrician's office. Apparently, Landon's fever was down, but we discovered 2 different rashes on his body. One rash was consistent with ruptured blood vessels from straining when he coughs (upper body), and the other was bright red spots that could possibly be a viral infection. That one was scattered on his body, not specifically contained to one area. His ears looked pink, no fluid, but he has been on "omnicef" for 7 days now, due to possible conjunctivitis and to keep him from catching strep throat from his brothers. Considering he has been on this for 7 days, something else is fighting through it. His throat looked good, but his cough is "evil". Each day starts off with a coughing fit that leaves him gasping for air and eventually spitting up some phlegm.
A blood culture was done, and Landon CLEARLY was not happy, actually, he was pretty pissed off. And he was sure to let everyone in the building know! I can assure you, he is not happy "ALL" the time! Add a bunch of ruptured blood vessels to his face, after that was done:( Blood labs looked good (red down a tiny bit), nothing alarming, oxygen was perfect. There seems to be a rattle in his chest, not exactly consistent with fluid in the lungs. His little body seems to have multiple things going on which apparently is making it difficult to figure out what is going on.
The choice was: a) have all labs done at the pediatrician's office, and an antibiotic (in shot form) or b) have Landon admitted to the hospital for a battery of tests (pretty much what they did in the pedi's office, plus the antibiotic would be administered via IV). We opted for plan "a" so as not to expose Landon to anything else, besides, I am sure the whole IV thing would not have been pretty. Two hours later, no red flags, blood - ok, oxygen - ok, no labored breathing or gasping (unless he has a coughing fit). So we are off to the hospital in the morning for a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia and will go back to the pediatrician for a re-check. Hopefully 5 days on "azithromycin", will have our baby boy back to his bubbly self!!
Landon managed to eat a yogurt tonight......and kept it down! Still trying to keep the fluids going (he's not feeling that too much). Keeping our fingers crossed that his chest x-ray will be fluid free! Not exactly how we were anticipating starting off the new year!
Praying for a happy & healthy 2011!!