Saturday, July 17, 2010

July 14, 15, & 16

Sweet Pea didn't complain or have issues the rest of the day on the 13th and her cough even seem to get better so I didn't call the doctor. She did great at VBS and wonderful until bedtime when she got clingy again and ended up sleeping in my bed again.. around 3am on the 14th she woke up crying her eyes out saying her ear was hurting.. I got her Motrin and she cried a little more but then went back to sleep..
She woke up that morning feeling fine... Went to VBS had a good time came home was doing well.. Then I took the kids to my grandmas to play while I went to the oldest one double header softball game..

When I got back a close to 9pm Sweet Pea had been crying her eyes out for a good hour that her hear was hurting her.. at Grandma's she had had sweet oil put in her ear for the pain, took Motrin and Tylenol.. but it didn't seem to touch the pain.. she screamed the whole way home and even at home was just screaming here head off that it hurts it hurts.. I want a doctor make it stop and on and on.. I figured all the home stuff I could did for her we did already even the heating pad.. So between 10 and 10:30pm we took her to the hospital.. I didn't see how we could wait till the morning.. 1)due to the sort of pain she was having and 2) I feared that maybe some of the PANDAS stuff was in play seeing her screaming like that brought back memories of the last time she had strep in March/April.. she wasn't that bad but it reminded me of it..
At the hospital when I told them all we did at home and that she is on a daily antibiotic they were sure it was swimmers ear because the antibiotic should kill bacteria that would cause an ear infection.. THEY WERE WRONG...
After looking at her.. it is a middle/inner ear infection.. they gave her another antibiotic for it.. the ER doctor told me I could just give her both he thought but told me to check with her doctor in the morning.. They also gave her ear drops for pain..
She slept well that night.. but we kept her home from VBS on Thursday due to the hour she went to bed on Wed night..
Thursday she didn't wake up till 11:30am but seemed much better ear and pain wise.. I had called the doctor and was told to stop her A/B she is on for the PANDAS and just do the stuff we got for the ear infection..(it's only a 5 day thing) and then start her back up on the PANDAS stuff when the ear stuff is done.
So that is what we did.. on Thursday.. Thursday was a good day for her.. no issues or pain or anything. Then came Friday..

Friday July 16..

This was a PANDAS day.. now Pandas is caused by strep.. being exposed and having your body make antibodies that then turns on the child and attacks there brains..
So Now this has me wondering if.. all that coughing was strep.. or is this ear infection caused by some sort of strep or if she has come in contact with some sort of strep at VBS or the hospital this week..
Because Friday morning she woke up a tad on the moody side nothing major.. she was all excited for VBS... she loves it and always has.. but when we got there.. she had that I'm scared out of my mind look on her face and she started crying her eyes out and hanging on my leg saying she didn't want to go just take me home, I just want to go home.. That is PANDAS.. the anxiety for no real reason part.. the fear that she can't explain... UGH UGH UGH.. she wasn't beyond reason though.. and I was able to talk her into staying with a plan if she felt she couldn't handle it.. she feels safer if we have a plan laid out of what to do.. So that gave her what she needed to say ok I'll stay and see if I can handle it..
She stayed the whole time and was totally excited that she won the weeks visitor competition for her 1-3rd graders.. She won a new bike...
But when we got home after VBS.. she was a mess.. not the fear or crying... but the issues of snapping at people, yelling at them, biting peoples heads off... I was out of Motrin so I sent DH to the store to get some.. she was pretty nasty to everyone who walked past her for a good while.. When DH got home I just simply told her it was time for her medicine.. gave her the Motrin and the new A/B which is a once a day thing.. and I kid you not.. with in 30 mins.. she was my perfectly sweet, loving caring little girl again.. all the fear and anger stuff just gone.. just like that..
We went to the VBS Carnival/ Closing program she had a blast was her fun loving out going little self and even spent the night at a friends house last night..
Here are some shots from the carnival and her getting the new bike.
NOW I wonder what put her little brain under attack again???? ear infection??? coming in contact with strep from some other place or person???? or is it the change of antibiotics???? I'm clueless
I do see the doctor with her Monday for a follow up on the ear infection and I'll be mentioning this and asking these questions.. but I'm betting he doesn't have answers for me either..

1 comment:

  1. My son had a similar experience with Pandas. He had his first episode with a strep infection. Then after he was better for several months, he had a second episode with an ear infection. The funny thing was his Pandas symptoms didn't show up until he was on an antibiotic (cefdinir) for a few days, then they got worse over the next few weeks.