We've been off the second round of Amoxicillin for 4 days and I thought we were in the clear. But what do you know, Luke woke up coughing this morning, along with a runny nose and hoarse voice. I honestly couldn't believe it. Everyone warned us about the first year of preschool, but I didn't expect these consecutive illnesses to happen in the spring!
Being Friday and not wanting to frequent Convenience Care again this weekend, I took Luke in to the peds office this afternoon. We saw a new doc and I really liked him. He was so thorough and I felt like he actually read through Luke's chart and recent history before he came in to examine him. He knew we had seen Dr. Stefanelli last week, knew about our recent E.R. visit and what the doc before had diagnosed.
He agreed that what Luke is fighting is probably multi-factorial. Could possibly be some allergy stuff going on, but could also possibly be a bacteria going around called a microplasma. This bug affects the upper respiratory system, but left untreated, can cause pnuemonia. With Luke's heart condition, he wanted to err on the side of caution and start Luke on a stronger antibiotic, Azithrimycin. So back to our pharmacy we went and we'll start Luke's 5-day course tonight. He also wants us to start an over the counter antihistamine.
I know we've been lucky with how healthy Luke has been overall these past years, so this is just very different for us, to have back-to-back-to-back sicknesses. You heart mamas may understand when I say my mind automatically went to the health of Luke's heart. Is Luke's heart function to blame for not being able to kick these bugs? Is this in any way cardiac-related?
So I did what I always tell newer heart parents to do: ASK! If it will give you piece of mind, ask the questions. So I called our beloved cardiologist and his response definitely put my heart and mind at ease: "I am confident this is not related to Luke's heart. In fact, Luke is in a prime position to get sick and build up antibodies right now. As frustrating as this is, it's actually a good thing for Luke's immune system."
Bleh. Good thing or not, I don't like it!
Okay, one thing I do like, since I am trying to look for the good in all situations: his raspy voice is about the sweetest thing I've ever heard.