My son has had more medical issues than anyone can shake a stick at since he’s been born.
Last November — when he was only 3 months old, daycare called me at home and sent me into a whirl wind panic because “Owen was having trouble breathing and was turning blue”. Well holy fucking shit. I never got from Lee Park Ave to South Washington Street faster in my entire life. Ever since he was born he has had issues with “labored” breathing. He sounded as if he had a perma cold. I took him for chest xrays and they found nothing. Anyway — I ended up in the ER with him that night while they ran about 85 different tests on him. He has asthma and eczema. He’s got an inhaler and is on elidel. I had to give him regular breathing treatments, butter him up like a thanksgiving turkey with cream and also give him an oral steroid.
Fast foward a few months to February. Owen has green — almost booger/phlegm consistency coming out of his nose? NOPE. Its coming out of his ears. I have never ever seen something this color come out of someone’s ear. Call the doctor. Owen has an ear infection and a small hole opened in his ear drum allowing the fluid behind his drum to drain. SICKKKK. So now Anti biotics, ear drops, inhaler, cream. The problem is. The ear infection never went away. It would either switch ears or go away for a few days, but once the anti-biotic was done, it would return. Once you take amoxicilian or another type of anti-biotic, you cannot take the same one again becuase your body can build up a resistance. So at one point we had 3 different variations of amoxicilian in my fridge. 2 different types of ear drops. What else. Oh like 3 different inhalers, and the eczema cream.
Btw — The 3 different inhalers are for different reasons – we have the albuterol for normal breathing issues which can be taken every 3-4 hours. The flowvent which is the inhaled steroid – once daily. Also proventil which can be used every 2 or so hours if he is really bad.
Finally, in desperation I talked to a co-worker who suggested I take Owen to an ENT doc. She took her daughter there, who was having similar issues with her ears and got the ear tubes in and it cleared everything up. It was like the angels were singing the hallelujah chorus. I called the ENT doc in Kingston and setup an appt. He then gives me yet another set of ear drops, suctions out all of the crap from his ears and asks to see him back in a week because he couldn’t even see his drums with all of the crap in there. In one week, I take him back and he said putting in the ear tubes would be totally my decision. I say PUT THEM IN. I missed so much time at work this winter….SO MUCH. Luckily my boss has 2 kids and is understanding. I don’t know what I would have done without her. We get the surgery and everything cleared up with his ears!!! Thank GOD. We only had one minor issue a few months ago, but it cleared up after putting in some drops. ***knock on wood***
Then I noticed his “man parts” — one was bigger than the other, if you know what I mean. So guess where we went — right back to the doctor. He has a hydrocele, which means when his “man parts” descended, the opening never closed completely and fluid drains down into there….I ended up having to take him to a specialist in Hershey to have it checked. If that doesn’t go away by the time he’s 2 he will have to have corrective surgery for THAT.
Anyway, now I have to go get ready to go to the doctor with him AGAIN because his eczema is infected on his leg. I was reading a bit about it online last night and I guess it gets infected with staph and gets pussy and yuck yuck ew ew. Our appt is for 10. It seems like once something clears up, something else flairs up. We cannot catch a break. Yet, through all of his issues, he’s the happiest kid I know. I don’t get it.
Just get a load of this smile:
[1:15pm Edit]: Owen has been diagnosed with “cellulitis”. A quick check of Wikipedia says that “Cellulitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue underlying the skin, that can be caused by a bacterial infection. Cellulitis can be caused by normal skin flora or by exogenous bacteria, and often occurs where the skin has previously been broken: cracks in the skin, cuts, blisters, burns, insect bites, surgical wounds, or sites of intravenous catheter insertion.”
Terrific. So now we are on two more antibiotics – a steroid cream and an oral ammoxicilian type thing.