Sunday, February 20, 2011

Strep sucks.

After a two/three days of a 103 fever that was not responding to medication except bringing it down no more than a degree for an hour or two, a night of spiking a 104 degree fever and four hours at urgent care, Ella has tested positive for strep group a. Again.

I knew something was up and just had a feeling it wasn't just a virus. Of course, the morning I take her to urgent care, the Tylenol and Motrin decide to kick in. When she had her temp taken in triage, it was only 99.5. The doc said she looked "good" and said it was most likely just a virus. But he would take the throat swab, just in case, stating, "it will be negative".

Fifteen minutes later, we walks in and says, " whattya know, it's clearly positive". So she is on another round of antibiotics for another ten days. Hopefully this time, it won't go around the family and get back to her (she had it three weeks ago).

Funny thing, when I talked to the MA at her pediatrician's office on Friday, she asked if I had changed her toothbrush after being on meds for 24 hours. Have you ever heard of such a thing? It sounds completely reasonable, I have just never heard of it!


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6 comments:

Shannon said...

We've had strep twice around here this winter also. Fun stuff. The doc also mentioned the tooth brush thing the last time which I hadn't thought of either.

Arly said...

We do that. I also change my contacts out after a cold, especially if it settles in my head/eyes.

I also change sheets after 24 hours on antibiotics and lysol every surface imaginable... :) maybe I'm a little too aggressive.

Lisa said...

I hope she feels better soon...

Kristin said...

I hope poor Ella feels better really soon.

April said...

Awww poor girl! I dread the first time Hunter gets strep! Hope she feels better soon.

Joy said...

I know this is a bit late, but I usually never put the kids in a cold bath when their fever is that high. When you put the kids in a cold/cool bath, their bodies have to work hard to maintain body temp (I know it sounds crazy considering the fever is so high), however, when the body feels the temperature of the water, it does what it needs to do to maintain equilibrium between the body and the water. The body will heat up again. Sounds like it worked for you though. Maybe I'll have to try it next time.