Thursday, February 4, 2010

You always get what you pay for!

It all started last Friday after I worked out.  (And when I say "worked out", I really mean "did a 12 minute Jackie Warner video".  I love her!  She has replaced Jillian for me at the moment.)

I noticed a pain in my back.  It felt like I had pulled my left oblique.  I took some Advil Cold and Sinus because in addition to the pulled muscle I also had a head cold.

I felt horrible all weekend but just chalked it up to the head cold and my back pain.  I even took a nap on Sunday.  And the last time I took a nap, I had strep throat. 

On Monday morning as I was getting into the shower, I noticed I had broken out in hives from the center of my stomach all the way around to the center of my back on the left side of my body.  I took some Benadryl and didn't think twice about it.  The Benadryl had zero effect so I figured it wasn't the hives. 

I paid several visits to Dr. Google and came up with lots of things and decided it was just the hives.

Meanwhile, for the last week or so Sarah has had three tiny red pimples on her chest.  Mom thought they were chicken pox but she's had the vaccine and to me they just looked more like pimples than pox.  Again, I wasn't worried although as one of the pimples got bigger and formed a whitehead, I must admit I was frantically Googling "chicken pox in children that have had the vaccine".

On Tuesday we were playing at Jennifer's in an attempt to fill our second snow day and Sarah fell down a couple of stairs.  She spent the rest of the day moaning and whining on the couch but her ankle wasn't swollen.  It wasn't even red. 

Sarah can be a bit of a drama queen so I endured the ear piecing, mind-numbing whining and told her it would feel better in the morning.

I knew I was in for a long day when she came hobbling down the steps on Wednesday morning.  Wednesday was yet another snow day.  (Any amount of snow in North Carolina brings a minimum of two days of cancelled school. 5 inches of snow and several days of below freezing weather brings 3 days of no school followed by at least one day with a two hour delayed start.)

Since I was hoping the kids would be back in school on Thursday (today) and I knew Sarah would love nothing more than to miss school because of her "ankle pain", I decided to nip this ankle issue in the bud. 

I knew the ankle was fine but Sarah wanted crutches - pink crutches.  I knew the only way we would both be happy was to visit the doctor and see what he had to say.

So I called our family doctor yesterday morning right at opening time and got a 9:20 appointment.  Sarah hobbled in and our dear doctor looked at the ankle and determined that it was a little tender but was probably o.k.  Of course the only way to know for sure would be to take her for an X-Ray.

I decided that would not be necessary so he wrapped her ankle.  And even though the wrapping tape was not pink, she was in hog heaven.  All a drama queen really needs is a little extra attention.

"While we are here would you take a look at these three pimples?" I casually asked.

He lifted her shirt and immediately declared, "That's MRSA!"

MRSA?  Crap!  Dr. Google did not even mention MRSA!  So our real life doctor prescribed some ointment.

"Before we leave would you take a look at my hives?" I casually asked.

He lifted my shirt  and declared, "That's SHINGLES!"

So we went in for a fake broken ankle and came out with MRSA and SHINGLES. 

I love Dr. Google but he failed me miserably this time. Sometimes it's worth the $20 co-pay.

23 comments:

Annikke said...

OH NO! You poor things. At least you got it caught now - thanks to the "broken ankle" that wasn't!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Ouch! I've heard that can be very painful. I hope you recover quickly. Hope Sarah does too. Glad to know the ankle wasn't really broken ;)

Pam said...

I am laughing so hard right now...only because yesterday I went into the doctor expecting to pay my $20 copay for them to tell me I had a virus, and walked out with a prescription for antibiotics for my strep throat!

Susan said...

Oh crud! Are the shingles painful? I've heard they can be. Get some very loose fitting clothing.
Where in the would did she get MRSA? Is it going around her school? How is she being treated for MRSA? The only plus is that she isn't missing school. Geez....we have to be in darn near 3 feet of snow, or blizzard like conditions for school to be closed. Best wishes to you.

Kimberly said...

Oh. My. Word.

MRSA and Shingles. Good grief. I guess this is one time it pays to have a "drama princess"....what if you had not gone to the doc??

Here's hoping the both of you feel better soon.

Evden said...

Wow shingles can be rough! Al had them a few years ago. It is good that you caught them early. Hope you both get well soon!

Colleen said...

It's like I can see God's plan in action while reading this. He wanted you to go to the doctor for yourself...but you wouldn't, so he gave your daughter MRSA, but you still didn't go, so he had to twist her ankle in order to get you all better :)

Corey~living and loving said...

That story there....needs to be added to the "ever had one of those days?" series.

ugh!

Chris said...

I sure hope you are all on the mend soon!

Wendy said...

Wow! I know shingles can be pretty painful and it's one of those odd things that can keep popping back up even a year or so from now. Don't wear out Dr. Google though searching for MRSA and shingles! Hope both you and Sarah are doing better this evening! I'm just sure we won't go to school tomorrow either since they're "calling for something". Bye, bye Easter break, but at least now the summer might be one day shorter!

He & Me + 3 said...

OMGosh that is terrible. I can't believe you had both. Ouch! Feel better soon. OUch to the ankle too. I had that happen just a bit ago.

the mother of this lot said...

Hope you will both soon be better!

Denise said...

Bless your heart, praying for you.

RR Mama said...

Oh my gosh!! I hope you both get better soon!!!

bevysblog said...

I can't believe Dr. Google couldn't diagnose shingles! I had that one figured out just be reading "I noticed I had broken out in hives from the center of my stomach all the way around to the center of my back on the left side of my body".

Bless you my friend!

EntertainingMom said...

MRSA and shingles???? Shingles are supposed to be EXCRUCIATINGLY painful... Good thing you have a little drama queen on your hands!

Kim said...

Beth,
From someone who knows how to pray concerning the shingles, I am praying for you :)

高雄 said...

Everyone fastens where there is gain.........................................

Tracy said...

YIKES!!! That is quite a combination!!! Hope everyone is on the mend quickly!!!

Anna B. said...

praying for you and Sarah...

Debbie said...

I was so afraid as I read this that it was shingles. Are you miserable? Are you both healing OK?

Gloria said...

The minute I started reading your blog I knew, KNEW what was the matter. I've had shingles and my goodness I hope you get along okay. And MRSA--wow that is a villain if I ever heard of one.

What a blessing that your daughter whined her way to the doctor.

Suburban Correspondent said...

You poor girl!