Sometimes Bekah Is Yucky

2012-08-29 11:53:39 by Sarah Plant, Patient Family, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.

Until last week I had really been dragging my feet about writing another blog post.  Mostly, this was due to the fact that life had been pleasantly mundane over the past few months.

Then, Bekah decided to make some new friends.

About two weeks ago Bekah started to get sick…or teeth, we’re never good at guessing.  We went to the doctor, where they confirmed a low-grade fever, and no need to worry.

A few days later when the fever was still there we went back.  This time, since the Bekster was tugging on her ears, we concluded that it may be the start of an ear infection, or maybe still teeth—nothing to worry about yet.

Thursday morning she felt much warmer than usual, and when her temperature was a whopping 101.9, we visited the doctor again.  Still, no one could see anything that would lead to a definite diagnosis.

We decided to give Bekah some Tylenol to bring down her fever a little and keep an eye on her (plus, we were coming in the next day for what had been scheduled as a well-child visit).  By the time we returned the following afternoon Bekah was vomiting every time we tried to give her the Tylenol, and every time she tried to eat solids. She was fighting drinking anything, but was still hydrated (which everyone could tell from the amount of tears during her exam).

After a head-to-toe check up, Dr. Yocum, Bekah’s pediatrician, decided that Bekah had probably come into contact with someone who was carrying the Coxsackievirus A16 (otherwise known as Hand, Foot, and Mouth), or she had strep throat.

After the “tickle test” (which doesn’t appear to be very tickly) came back negative, the doctor decided that the sores on the back of her throat were probably from Hand, Foot, and Mouth. It was still nothing to worry about unless she started to get dehydrated, and then we needed to take her to the hospital.

Yuck. We spent the afternoon disinfecting EVERYTHING Bekah may have even potentially come into contact with. After spending the night fighting with her to eat even an ounce at a time we were starting to get worried.

Finally, Saturday when she started to not be able to swallow much at all, and was starting to spit up formula and refuse Pedialyte, we gave up the fight and took her to the ER at the Mahoning Valley campus of Akron Children’s. Apparently Bekah just wanted to make some new friends.

Read the rest of Sarah and Rebekah’s story through her blog, Following Your Heart.




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