Monday, October 6, 2008

Today started out like almost any other day would...Joe getting ready to leave for work and me still in bed saying "do I really have to get up now?" I got up and then went downstairs with Abby where we chilled for all of 3 minutes before Krystin called (as Joe was walking out the door!) and then I finally decided to call Ellen and harrass her! She found out she's pregnant a couple days ago and had to do the big switch from Prime to Standard and make an OB appointment - so I called to see if she wanted some company running her errands...and then we stopped and got some breakfast. We got back to Casa de Bellucci and we were hanging out when Abby stripped and I remembered her boo-boo on her arm. Joe and I weren't really sure what happened but knew it happened yesterday morning. I thought it was a bug bite or some sort of infection from one...and Joe thought it was a bruise. This morning though it was more swollen then yesterday and definitely red not purple...figuring I'm days away from having a baby (1, 2, 10...15?!) I opt to get this checked out because as a pregnant woman who is full term I'm already having crazy thoughts I didn't want to think her arm was going to fall off while I was in labor. I call the peds clinic and no appointments - surprise surprise! So I get everything packed up in the van and take Abby to the Urgent Care Center on base...I show up...OML it is packed!!! I politely ask how long its going to be because my kid *just* has a spot that needs to be looked at and I needed to know if it was infected...and the guy said "awhile" so I then asked how sick these people were and of course they can't say what people have...but I just said "I'm looking at having this kid anyday now I can't sit with all these people" (they had vomit buckets and were coughing and gagging it was HORRIBLE)...so they sat me down at the dental clinic to wait... After 30 minutes I was finally checked in...and then maybe another 30 minutes or so go by and we get triaged. Abby's such a good patient. The nurse in triage seems to think its cellulitis and definitely needs to be seen because she's got a little temp - the arm is red and swollen and slightly warm - and its just icky looking (ok he didn't use those words but said concerning where she would get something like that...)...great...back to the dental clinic we go to wait...2 hours and 30 minutes after walking into the UCC we're still not seen so I go to the front to see just how long its going to take - six people still in front of me that haven't even gone back - ughhh! I walk down to the peds clinic and BEG them to see me...my big belly the whiney two year old...well something works wonders - an appointment opens up for 2pm. (Its now almost 1230). I get in the car to come home and Abby falls asleep almost instantly upon hitting the bed...she looks so peaceful to bad the nap is short :( I had to wake her up and leave by 130pm to be back there by 145pm (you know the military 15 minute early rule). I'm pretty damn thankful they created stork parking - as far as I know its new at Langley. I've never seen it before but I got a spot. PHEW! We get in and see the doctor...and I'm telling him one nurse said cellulitis - another said ringworm - one said no clue...but the people up front said it definitely looks worse then it did 2 hours ago. So he's looking and asking questions about when it started...I'm saying "Sunday she was coming out of the closet and bumped her arm and that's when Joe noticed it" I explained that Joe thought it was a bruise but I wasn't convinced because it wasn't purplish yet...and then the doctor said he thought it could be ringworm until I said "yesterday" and he was like Oh Sunday as in yesterday not a week ago Sunday...correct. Well - no way its ring worm its too large - ringworm doesn't grow that quickly...thank god! He thinks it might be infected but maybe just an allergic reaction - either way he admits he really doesn't know what it is...and its got lots of nurses & doctors stumped. Treatment plan: every 4 hours apply benedryl to the arm - every 6 hours take it orally (for 24 hours) if it looks dramatically better continue that through the end of the week ... if not start antibiotics after 24 hours (or if a fever occurs over 100.5 -- it was 99.8 at UCC and 98.5 at peds). It should start showing serious improvement within the next 48 hours if not someone gets to take her back Friday...
You wouldn't know she was sick... But when I asked to take a picture of the boo-boo she fell to the floor screaming...ugh! Here we go - you can kind of see it but not really the whole back of the arm is red...but it was a lot brighter earlier (this is after 2 doses of benedryl cream & 1 dose of benedryl orally). I guess you can sorta see where there might have been a bug bite? Its pretty red...but just think...it was like 10 shades darker earlier... Were you wondering how I got the photos the second time around? Oh...pure bribery...its legal in Virginia:)
Abby hid all her legos in the pumpkin... While watching soccer pablo...I'm a soccer monster I love the soccer ball...(its stuck in my head still) Yeah...other stuff happened today...but I didn't get the camera out nearly as early as I should have...didn't bring it with me to the clinics and then was exhausted at home...but here's our dinner mess. See - we have dishes in our sink too Krystin! Although nothing is on the counters -- lol. And my night time snack...ahh...apple!
And now I'm gonna go turn on the Sox game and fall asleep...hopefully I get some good sleep because I have a doctors appointment tomorrow morning where I'll find out where we stand. We shall see;)

3 comments:

Gina said...

Your counters are too clean. :P

Good luck figuring out Abby's arm. No fun. And you're doing well with the pics! Mine tapered off big time. LOL

NuthinLikeGatorMama said...

totally a spider bite, and you need fence to give you her pumpkin apple muffin recipe!!!

Sarah said...

ringworm sucks. not that i've had it, but i've seen dogs that have it that give it to their owners.. ick. so good thing it's not ringworm. :)