When Carolyn woke up on Monday morning, crying that she didn't feel well and couldn't go to school, my initial response was that she just wanted to sleep in on the brand new (amazingly awesome) chamois sheets that I had bought for her bed (and her brothers' bed) on Sunday afternoon (and that I intend to go back and buy for our bed because I don't think anything more comfortable has ever been invented). When she shook her head and said, "I love my new sheets, but I promise that's not it!" I began to think that perhaps she had picked up the cold that her brother, William, had over the weekend.
(Here's Henry defending his sister with the lid of the brand new Calphalon pan my mother sent us for Christmas. Whoa ... I just looked up this pan on Amazon and it is $179.95 and on the Calphalon Store website it's $49.99. How are those pans different other than the $130 sticker price variability?!)
When Carolyn missed school again on Tuesday and slept for almost six hours during the day, Charlie began to wonder if perhaps she wasn't having a strep relapse? "No, no, no, of course not .... silly!" I told him because I'm related to several people in the medical field and I know things of this matter by process of association. "She just finished her antibiotic a week ago. There's no way it could be strep again this soon,"said the wise daughter and sister of multiple pharmacists.
But when she was even worse today and missed school for the third day straight, Charlie took matters in to his own hands and brought her back to the doctor, where she was diagnosed with another severe case of strep throat AND an all new ear infection. So, my take-away from this week is that indeed, you can have an immediate relapse of strep throat once you cease your antibiotics. Take heed!
Now, I'm worried that perhaps Louie is the strep carrier. Apparently dogs can carry the strep infection and pass it on to their people. Unfortunately what Louie doesn't have is medical insurance, so I'm sure that regardless of the outcome, I'll be forking out at least $200.00 on a veterinary examination and laboratory evaluation when I bring him to the vet, tomorrow.
Dear God, please bless this food and make the bad germs go 'way fohwever.