Wednesday, April 20, 2011

She's Really In Tune With Her Body

Monday (the 18th) was my baby's birthday, she turned five years old, and she totally acted like a 5 year (a big girl).  Nothing really changed, but it was like I could see a shift in her.  When I told her friends and loved ones wished her a happy birthday she said, "Tell them thank you".  Quite impressive, before[turning 5] it was almost as if she hadn't heard me speak (otherwise known as ignoring me).  Monday though I could see a change, and it was good.

I maybe overindulged in the "It's your birthday have your way shenanigans", but honestly, she's a good kid, any you probably would have too.  I let her have 3 pieces of candy and the icing of a cupcake (she doesn't like the actual cake - go figure).  Shortly afterward she asserts that her throat is itchy; I'm thinking one of those candies may have had a trace of peanut, so I give her some diphenhydramine and keep a watchful eye.  No swelling no more talk of itching, all is well...or so I think.  Later that evening, as they are getting ready for bed, she asks me to check her problem.  The temp is normal, and everyone is off to bed. 

My precious sleeps with me because she was having difficulty  in her room (something about her sisters talking to each other).  So I let her sit with me awhile and she falls asleep.  I put her to bed and we both get a good night's rest.  [Meanwhile her body is on a covert mission to stop me in my tracks.]  I wake up and tell her "it's time to get ready for school", and she says "Mom, can you check my temperature?"
"I think it will be normal, you were last night."
"Can you just check please?"
"Okay, oh crap 102.2, where's the Little Noses."

How did this happen.  Well I figured it was just a bug and was going to treat it as such.  I needed to take her oldest sister to the pediatrician later for an issue so of course Bell would tag along.  Once we're on our way back to triage she ask the nurse "After you finish with my sister can you check me out?"
Nurse: "Did your mom put your name on the list?"
Me: "No it's probably just a virus"
Nurse: "I'll go get your chart after I check on your sister."
I can tell I am in the dog house. 

So after sister has been checked out, and that's a whole other post we move on to Bell.  Ears look good, glands are a little swollen.  There's something in the throat that catches the docs eye. Long story short, after two unsuccessful swabs, the third is able to be tested's positive for STREP.  A prescription is written and we're given directions to keep the little home a couple more days.  And of course it's contagious, so I send the Pre-K teacher a text before we leave the exam room and call her BFF's mom because they celebrated her birthday with us over the weekend.  

Here's where I hang my head in shame.  My daughter knew something wasn't right with her body and she took her health care into her own hands, and I'm glad she did.  I was just going to reconcile it as a virus and let it go.  However, did you know that Strep can lead to Scarlett Fever?  I didn't, I didn't even know it still existed.  Bell has done this before, with regards to feeling the arrival of an illness a night or so before and informed us of such.  You'd think we'd (I'd) have learned to listen to her by now.  She obviously knows her body better than I do.  Listen to your kids, sometimes they know best.

Items highlighted are some common symptoms of Strep. 

Be Blessed


Aminat said...

Ohh She's a smart little girl...Hope she feels better

Shanta Hayes said...

She is doing well. Thank you. And yes she is smart ;)