So....Cecilia is taking antibiotics for Lyme disease.
Just a bizarre road that we took to this. She's been fine, hasn't complained of anything, hasn't been sick...nothing. One day a week or two ago we looked at her belly button and it was really red. It looked like she had been picking at it or scratching it because it was all red or irritated, she never complained about it though. I told her she needed to leave her belly button alone and that was all we did.
Then one night as i was changing her clothes for bed, i noticed that the red has spread and she now had a red ring around her belly button. That kind of freaked me out. Over the next day or two it started to fade, but then two nights ago i saw that her belly button was still red and that red spot on her belly had actually gotten even BIGGER, its just that it also faded and you had to look very closely to even see it.
So as Seamus and I were talking about it Cecilia said "Maybe it was that beetle. I had a beetle on my tummy when i was taking a nap at (daycare provider)'s, maybe it bit me"
So Seamus took her to the doctor yesterday. They talked more about the beetle, asked her questions without trying to put words in her mouth.
"Was it a spider?"
"Was it a ladybug?"
"Was it bigger than a lady bug or smaller?"
"What color was it?"
"Where was it?"
"On my belly button"
she also said
"I couldnt' get it off, i had to pick it off, i thought it was a rock, but it wasn't, it was a beetle" (not exact quote since i wasn't there, its what Seamus told me)
SO she just never told anyone! I couldn't believe it! I also couldn't beleive that i never saw it on her. Although our pharmacist, who is also a friend/neighbor said deer ticks are ridiculously small when they first attach themselves.
Anyway, they don't bother actually testing for the lyme disease, they just treat it....so 20 days of antibiotics it is!
I'm really actually relieved she got the rash because i know a lot of people don't. If she hadn't gotten the rash, we probably would have never known until things had gotten much worse. And from Nathalie's experience a month ago, i know that Lyme would have been one of the LAST things they would have considered without knowing about the tick bite!
ETA: I'm also very grateful that Cecilia speaks very well for her age, as that really helped a ton!
Last edited by KimPossible; 09-18-2013 at 11:51 AM.
So what is the best cold sore remedy out there (not something that would be hard on the kidneys?) My body's way of dealing with this infection has been to get 3! large cold sores. I normally take EmerganC, but I do not think I can right now. I have been using Abreva, but it has not helped it all.
Cecilia Marie 1/10/10
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Kim, it is so great she can communicate like that. I teach 3 year olds and so many wouldnt be able to do that, and their moms feel pretty frustrated when something like this pops up
Bonita, I swear by cortizone 10 when I have cold sores. I tend to get them anytime my immune system is stressed
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
Bonita, I don't get cold sores but my SIL gets them bad. She has a prescription for pills and an anti-viral cream. She says they help shorten the healing time by a lot.
Oh Kim! I can't believe it's come to this after all this time and I'm hoping the antibiotics work for her!
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)
Cecilia loves taking medicine so this is like heaven to her. Not that i encourage her to think of it as a fun thing to do....but you can tell she is excited every time the next dose needs to be administered.
Sorry for that mistake Kim
Mom to Elizabeth (6) and Corinne (4)