Monday, March 27, 2006

A Nasty Infection

Christine got sick with abscess cellulites, more commonly known as an infection. But a very nasty one! When I picked her up from school Friday she wasn’t feeling well. As soon as we got home she hit the sack, never touched dinner and her fever never went below 102.

Not Good!

Last Night we went to the emergency room because the left side of her cheek was swollen like an overly riped tomato. Touch it and she screams her head off!

At the hospital, she endured the prick of the needle and the IV drip for the first time. But she bawled when the nurse drew blood...6 times! The doc recommended CT scan to make sure her infection has not affected her bloodstream yet. More tests...

Good news - doc said the cellulitis in not contagious, explained that this infection begins in an area of broken skin, like a cut or scratch, allowing bacteria to invade and spread, causing inflammation, which includes pain, swelling, warmth, and redness. Hers started with a small pimple on the left side of her cheek! 3 AM, she got the go signal to go home.

Verdict...Antibiotic-Amoxicillin 1000 mg with food every 12 hours, Motrin for her pain and fever, hot compress for her cheek every 6 hours...

...doc's orders becomes mommy's schedule for the next 7 days.

Today she’s feeling better. She gave me a perfunctory smile when I told her she looked like Joker from the Batman movies.

Why...oh why...of all places would the germs and the antibodies form a battle ground on her left cheek? She does look like Joker! Really! ~scratching head~


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