Saturday, January 23, 2010

Please Deposit my Paycheck please

I should have known something was wrong when after our dr's visit last night (yes you read right we were just at the doctor yesterday afternoon) when Riley wouldn't eat pizza, or even the pepperoni off her pizza. I should have clued in to the fact that her throat must have been hurting when my girl who loves food, especially pizza, would wait until we got home and then ask for "Daddy's Special Noodles" (ramen). When we got up this morning, I looked in Riley's throat and I'm telling you I've never seen tonsils so swollen - one side was completely to the middle of her throat and the other side was pretty good sized too. Thank goodness the dr's office is open on Saturday's now or we'd have been headed to urgent care or the ER.

The rapid strep was negative, they are sending it off to be sure, and thankfully started us on antibiotics, hopefully they'll do the trick (quickly) because my girl is miserable.

And yes, I'm thinking that the dr's office and pharmacy should start receiving their allotment from my paycheck next pay period :)
Edit: Big strep was negative too, but whatever it is, the antibiotics seem to be helping, thank goodness!!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Growing Pains aren't actually from Growing - who knew

For a couple of weeks now Riley has been saying her legs and knees hurt. Usually at night (or naptime) and we assumed that they were growing pains. I never had them growing up, but I had friends that did, and I remember them talking about how horrible they were and how uncomfortable they would be at times. Sometimes it was bad enough that Riley wanted tylenol or motrin or something and we were fine with giving it to her, no reason to be that uncomfortable. I didn't think much about it but called the pediatrician just to be sure there was nothing else we could be doing and they wanted to see her.

That always makes a Mommy (and Daddy) just a little nervous, especially when the words "blood work" were mentioned as a possibility. Yikes, I didn't want to think about that!!

Thankfully - no blood work was required and we learned that growing pains aren't actually caused by growing at all. They are overtired or overstimulated muscles and so stretching is one of the best things to do, especially before naptime and we'll be doing some stretches, and making sure we get enough Vitamin D (by the way the new recommendation is 400 iu's if you want to check your kiddos vitamins - most only have 200 iu's).