Do you or did you ever know someone who self diagnosed themselves or others? (That weren't actually doctors) People who go online and look up symptoms and tell themselves, along with others, that yes they have such and such. I myself am guilty of doing this once or twice, but not anymore. My poor little ladybug was getting sick. Here comes the runny nose, small cough, and irritability. OH JOY. I don't know if you have ever had a sick and irritable 2 year old, especially one with huge attitude, but it is not fun! :)
OK, so for about a week, all she did was fuss and cry and melt down for no apparent reason. And what did this low patience mother do? I fussed back, and put her in timeout and just yelled. Yes, I too can lose my patience and sometimes yell, its life. Of course, now I feel bad, because she was sick. Did not know this really, just figured it was her allergies going haywire from this crazy Georgia weather. Saturday night she had this huge and nasty looking rash covering her thigh, it looked so bad and felt so hot, that I actually took her to the ER.
Come to find out, they were not helpful and it was a waste of time. This kept happening, she would be burning up with a fever and this rash engulfed her entire body. She was red, puffy, and covered in white welts. Little ladybug looked like a red marshmallow. My husband found out that his sisters kids has "Fifths Disease", and of course ladybughad it because we had been around them. Of course, his niece and nephew were self diagnosed off of the computer, and this diagnosis claimed that this was untreatable.
Really?!!? WOW. So, my husband was sure this is what she had, all the symptoms were the same. Pause. Clearly I am NOT a doctor, but I do know that there are a ton of different illnesses and diseases with the same symptoms, doesn't mean you have them all! OK, play. He was online reading about what she couldn't do and what we couldn't do. Of course this little momma was already prepped to call the doctor first thing Monday morning.
Had a rough night with my baby girl, up til 5 with a fever and rash and fighting with her to take some meds. Finally got to sleep and woke up at 9 to care for my son, then called and made her an appointment. Yes, this is a long, drawn out story, hence the blog. :) I'm getting to the point, promise. Woke up the sleeping princess and put her in the car, and headed to the doctor.
We were seen in about 5 minutes, if that, love her doctor. Come to find out, her doctor "Dr. E", was flabbergasted. hahaha. This "couldn't be treated", hahaha. I was just sitting there looking at her like I knew exactly how she felt and with this look on my face that screamed "I hate online self diagnosis from people who aren't doctors". HA. Well come to find out, everything was treatable, and everything includes: Pink eye, Strep throat, Tonsillitis, and and URI (Upper resp. infec).
WOW. Poor girl, no wonder she has been so ill and ornery. This is why I take my children to the doctor. If I had listened, which I wouldn't have, she would have been at home miserable with high fevers, step throat, pink eye, URI, and tonsillitis. THAT would have been joyful. Not. So, now my baby is on Popsicle meals and watered down juicy juice and ice water. Oh yes, and all of the medications that don't "Treat" "this". :)
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