I can't stand Paul either! He's so weird!
Quick help guys:
Abbey has a temp of 102. I thought she felt warm last night, so it's probably been at least 24 hours. She has been fighting a cold for almost three weeks, but she's not acting super sick or anything, just a slightly junky cough. I'm taking her to the pediatrician but I know this pediatrician will prescribe antibiotics regardless of "need" (It's their MO). What do you think? I don't want to put her on them unnecessarily, but she started getting sick so long ago, even though it hasn't been consistent. I just have a hard time thinking she keeps getting cold after cold after cold, you know? Maybe she does have an infection and needs antibiotics to fight it off.
Sorry that was a mess of a post I just need a little input. And yes, I've tried to find a pedi here who's opinion I trust more, but they are are all super antibiotic happy around here.
ETA: cross posting in NFL. Just didn't feel like opening this up to all of NM&MIG.
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I'd personally hold off on the antibiotics but that's just me.
Since the fever is starting to accompany the cough, I would lean towards using the antibiotics.
I'm like you, I hesitate and will let a cold run its course, but once a fever gets involved I don't believe it's 'just a cold' any more. I could be wrong, though. I just assume the infection stuff will get progressively worse, and that's what it sounds like is happening from what you've described.
I'm especially gun shy because the last time they prescribed antibiotics they had her on such a high dose she was a gastrointestinal mess and I stopped them after two doses. Then she got better anyway.
Oh yeah, I forgot to say:
1. I'm on antibiotics now, I got them a few days ago because I couldn't kick this cold (had it for 12 days).
2. I started taking care of another little girl this past week who is in daycare the other half of the time, she easily could have brought a new bug in in the past few days.
Ah, in that case, probably best to do the antibiotics then, I think.
I know you said you are off but hopefully if they give you a script, they give a different one than last time. I know my sister can't take the sulfa ones because they make her so sick but I can just fine. But I can't do penicillin (and actually I wear a medic alert pendant that says no penicillin).
I am not anti-antibiotic at all and think that they are great and have a place....but they are over prescribed. I was once on monocycline for a couple of years and than switched to Cipro for over five years. I have since come to find out that the skin condition I was on them for doesn't respond to antibiotics! There were probably only a few times I needed it and now I just watch to make sure that I don't get that looks infected.
I have been having better luck reducing flares with zinc........
You can always accept the script and just try to manage the fever using home remedies for a day or two. If she starts getting better, shred 'em.
I always go back and forth about whether to give my kids that stuff too. It's so hard to know. I remember one time Bobbie was sick with what appeared to be a general, run-of-the-mill cold. She didn't feel a sore throat at all. After 4-5 days, it wasn't getting better and I finally took her to the dr. He gave her a script, but it was such a low dose (or perhaps the wrong one?) that it didn't make her feel any better. After 3 days of that, I returned and got a 2nd script. It took her 2 days of that one to start feeling better.
When all was said and done, she missed 7 days of school. Even though she was generally an excellent student and had great attendance, the teacher remarked about her 'poor attendance' on her report card. I was PISSED! It wasn't her fault the dr gave her the wrong script initially.
I don't know why I went through all that, except to say that I've definitely felt pressure from outside sources to get antibiotics in my kids faster. Given that they rarely need them (like maybe each kid will have a script every 4 years), I think the way I'm doing it is just fine.
That was three hours of hell! I was so irritated with her pedi (no consultation, instant prescription, and she seemed super annoyed with me when I dared ask her about side effects). She was also super rough with Abbey and didn't acknowledge her at all (like she was inspecting a rag doll). I decided to take Abbey to my primary care doc, whom we love. She was happy to squeeze us in at the end of the day and was patient and sweet with Abbey. She prescribed azithromyicin (sp) based on her being sick for so long, high fever, and the junky cough getting worse, among other things. She said to call any time of day/night this weekend if we had problems/questions. I think it's a permanent switch for Abbey to be seen by her, which is great.
Sometimes general practitioners are the way to go. That's who I always took my girls to and I was happy with him. Unfortunately, he's left the clinic.
I can't believe a pediatrician would act like that. How awful. It sounds like you've made a good choice in leaving her.
I think Pia was by far the most talented of the girls on the show and it was way too early for her to go. I would have picked Jacob to go home. That said, my favorites to win are James or Casey and I don't think she could have won. It's a matter of personal preference and elimination at this point. A big shame, though, as she was good.
Work was a nightmare today - I was sleep deprived, had very little work to do, and was just marking time until I could go home. Kevin flies home tomorrow morning. There's a huge storm on its way and the weather report for tomorrow is 55 high/38 low after it being in the high 80's this week.
Today was Kevin's last day of active duty. I feel somewhat fortunate that we have been planning on his pay coming to an end soon, as we have been anticipating that and the government shut down won't immediately affect us - although he still has one month of pay coming to him. Ironically, he was paid 1 week's pay today, a week before payday, so he'd be sure to get something in the event of a shut down. Many, many families are single income families and living paycheck to paycheck while the sole provider is in a combat zone with no other options for income. I feel so guilty that I'm not more affected by the situation while others are.
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I hope the weather doesn't interfere with his flight. Sucks it won't be gorgeous for him though. But perhaps he won't notice the weather for a while anyway
Don't feel guilty because you've stashed away money. It sucks for those that couldn't prepare for it and I do hope the shut down doesn't last long (if it happens at all-they were working on a 3 day extension the last I checked). But it's no reason for you to feel guilty.
Another issue to be irked at the cons for...they voted against funding our troops. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll246.xml
It sounds like a terrible appointment, and not a good pedi. Not what you or Abbey need. I'm glad you thought about going to your doctor. I tend to use antibiotics very infrequently, but I do use them when they are indicated, like when Claire had pneumonia or when Ronin had a bad ear infection that wasn't getting better on its own. If you don't have probiotics, I would get some now because it's a common side effect to get diarrhea from any antibiotic, and that way you can be prepared.
Mandy, just yay for dh coming home!
Chrissy, I'm sorry I haven't been commenting much on your troubles with Jesi. I keep seeing these posts when I'm somewhere I can't type much, like a pump break at work or on my phone in the car, and then by the time I get to my computer it's pages and days later. Needless to say, I sympathize with all of the stress that she's putting you through, and wish I could tell you that it will all turn out okay in the end. You've seen enough of us on here who were rule-breakers in high school who became productive adults to know that it can happen, but it's hard to know which ones end up just fine, and you can't tell the future--all you can do is love her and do your best to help her.
Thanks Lydia. I do think about all the people I know and have known that went through rough phases. I really do have hope that this is just one of those things some teens go through and won't be a deciding factor in her life.
Rich had some trees to cut down today, so I went shopping and had to come home and clean the house. Rich usually has that piece done for me, but for whatever reason I didn't mind. Maybe because it's actually nice enough outside to have the windows and doors open? Anyway, as I cleaned my kitchen and all the rugrats were away with their friends, I felt all domesticated. It was just nice.
I did let Jesi's friend Robert come over and hang with her this afternoon. He's a good kid. They baked a cake for my brother (Uncle Tim) since it's his birthday. I just like hearing them laugh and goof around and just be kids.
Hi, guys. Just thought I'd share my incredibly blurry homecoming pics (I'm ticked this is all I have). I really don't know what is up with my camera - it's the same one that took the photo in my siggy.
DH and I:
And my dress:
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He brought a lot of gifts home for me/us. Some I've seen already, but most I haven't. A really cool chess set with middle eastern designs, and some beads he bought for me in Spain so far. He has some trunks he mailed to my parents' house and apparently there are middle eastern rugs, some native wool blankets that the locals wear everywhere, etc. I'm excited about the rugs. I really love other cultures, etc so having local handicrafts as a keepsake is really cool.
I didn't post about him yesterday because I was on the edge of tears all day. It's hard to describe, but I've been walking around with this weight on me constantly and now it's gone if that makes any sense.
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