Around 1am on Saturday, Faith woke up screaming and refused to be put back in her crib. This is really unusual for her and I started to think that she might be teething or sick. I gave her some Motrin and after a lot of crying, she fell asleep until the morning. She seemed fine in the morning, but during my 6 mile treadmill run, my husband noticed that those red spots were spreading...all over her body. When I got upstairs and saw her, my first thought was that she was allergic to something. I called the doctor, but he was off this weekend so I had to call a different pediatrician (they switch off weekends) and they said if we could make it there in 15 minutes, they could see us or else we'd have to go over to the hospital.
|I'm going to need lots of drugs|
We got there just as the doctor was leaving, but he looked at us and decided to let us in (and thankfully one of the nurses stayed too). It was pretty sweet being the only patient. If I was really rich, that's the only way I'd go to the doctor. Plus, our examination room was Star Wars themed and I think more doctor's offices should have the Death Star painted on their wall.
The doctor looked at Faith's rash and said "This is scarlet fever rash. It's good that you brought her in" and I was mentally trying to figure out if I just wasn't understanding his accented English. Scarlet fever? Like we're traveling on the Oregon Trail?
|You know you loved this game too|
She also tested positive for strep and got her first prescription for antibiotics ever. It wasn't until I got home and did some research that I realized that scarlet fever is just a type of strep. My mind was still stuck on scarlet fever as a deadly disease from Little House on the Prairie or Little Women. It turns out that scarlet fever is just a certain strain of the strep bacteria that releases a toxin that causes the rash. Not every child reacts to the toxin, so the rash isn't guaranteed. It's most common for kids ages 2-10, so it's unlikely for an adult to get the rash. Also, it's not the deadly disease that it used to be, so for once the internet actually calmed me down about an illness instead of freaking me out.
The doctor also warned us that she was extremely contagious and we should avoid sharing food or drinks with her. Considering the day before I split a smoothie with her, this wasn't comforting information.
|I considered hanging this on the front door|
Luckily after 24 hours on the antibiotics she wouldn't be contagious anymore, but we aren't going to take her out of the house until she looks a little less like this:
|You know you'd love to see this at the playground|
|If you think this is bad, you should see her butt|
Good news? The rash doesn't itch at all and doesn't seem to bother Faith at all. The sore throat is bothering her more than anything. The rash should go away in a few days and we can go out among normal people again.
Bad news? Scarlet fever rash doesn't just fade nicely away...it PEELS. Luckily (?) it only seems to peel on the hands, feet and groin area. I keep thinking I've done all the disgusting things possible as a parent, but dealing with diapering a peeling groin area might be a new low.
|Just think of it as bonding time Mommy|
After a day and a half on her meds (she is also on something to help clear up the rash), Faith is feeling much better and she is eating again.
|I get chocolate milk and apples on the couch when I'm sick!|
I'm also really grateful that this happened on the weekend so my husband was here to help. Plus, Faith is his number one fan and really enjoys giving him germy hugs.
I'm not feeling so hot today, but I'm hoping I'm not getting strep. I was running a low fever this afternoon and my throat hurts, so I backed out of my group run tonight. I'm sad to miss it, but it's better to be safe than sorry when pregnant. Non-pregnant, I'd be an idiot and go anyway. I'm just glad that chances are really, really slim that I'd get the rash too if I do end up getting strep.
|You know your kid contracted an awesome disease when this kind of thing comes up in Google images|
So, not an awesome weekend for running but I hadn't anticipated scarlet fever (does anyone?). I'm crossing my fingers that I wake up tomorrow and feel normal. I've only ever had strep once in my life and I'd like to keep that streak going.
Does scarlet fever make you think of the Oregon Trail game or are you more up to date with kid diseases? I really thought it wasn't something that anyone actually still got.