Archive for October, 2007
Lisa just called from the pharmacy after taking Evan to the doctor for the second time in as many weeks. He had a new rash pop up yesterday, and even though I wasn't concerned about it, she said it had gotten worse throughout the day and wanted to take him in. The result? Penicillin allergy. Apparently it pops up about 7 days after you take it, and now that I think about it, his rash faded a bit throughout the day, and then got worse again right after I gave him his antibiotics last night.
So, all potential babysitters and caregivers of Evan: he's allergic to penicillin and can never have it again. Some common penicillin antibiotics are amoxicillin (Amoxil, Amoxicot, Biomox, Dispermox, Trimox), ampicillin (Omnipen, Principen). carbenicillin (Geocillin), dicloxacillin (Dycill, Dynapen) and oxacillin (Bactocill). Evan was taking amoxicillin, which Lisa couldn't stand the smell of, so I guess that's a bright side.
The good news is that we caught it now and we know, so we can be aware in the future. The bad news is that every form we or he ever has to fill out at a doctor's office from here on will have to check that penicillin allergy box.
Somehow, we managed to make it through Ellie's early years with no ear infections or any major illnesses for that matter. Contrast that to our neighbor across the street who had to have tubes put in his ears, he got so many ear infections.
Well, our luck ran out. Last week, Evan was running a mild fever, which wasn't too alarming, but it also lasted for a few days, which is more than Lisa was comfortable with. She took him to the doctor, who determined that he had roseola and an ear infection. Damn! He has always tended to claw at his ears when he gets fussy, but previous doctor visits haven't turned up anything when looking at the ears, so we didn't think much of it. Now though, we're hoping this will be the only one. No wonder he was so pissed when we tried to take his temperature with the ear thermometer!