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AP Mom to 5
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Thank you so much for all this help, I really appreciate it!
My SA is supposed to get here tomorrow, so much for overnight shipping.
Called the doc on monday- told them I was certain my ds had WC, and was told to come in for 6pm. We all dragged ourselves outta bed, showered up, dressed up and drove the 35 minutes out there, only to find one of the receptionists messed up because he had to leave early! Were told to come back first thing in the morning.
Today we called first, just to make sure. They pushed our appointment back to 3:15. Finally saw the doc this afternoon.
I told him all the symptoms, even showed a small video clip of him whooping. Explained how he sounded just like all the videos on the net of WC. He said several times our kids were not sick enough to have WC. Told him at night he was awful, whooping all night long, and perhaps the kids were just in the first stage with cold like symptoms- exactly as my ds had been just over a week ago. He said bacterial illnesses don`t usually spread that fast, and that the cough could be caused by a few illnesses. He is an old doc, been in practice a loooong time, said he hasn`t seen a case of pertussis in 20 years. He said my dh and I couldn`t have it because we were fully vax`d and I said I had read that vax immunity often wears off by adulthood and he basically said no.
He said he would send us for a pertussis titer blood test just to be sure, which the results take 4-5 days. Too late for my dh and kids to take anti-biotics prophylactically if it is Pertussis, as I feel it is.
So, he sent us all to the lab- 30 minutes back to our town for bloodwork. We get there and I hand over the papers- she looks at me in disgust and says `Pertussis!! What are you doing here? This is a highly contagious disease, you shouldn`t come in here!` in an UNfriendly voice! Told her my doctor told me to go there, she said they don`t do that test, you have to do the nasal-pharyngeal swap to test for WC- which my doctor has to do in office!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you kidding me!!!! We have gotten the run around like crazy, and now they want us to drive all the way back to the doctors office tomorrow (35 mins each way, and we`re SICK!!). What is WRONG with this town! Urgh!
So, the swab sounds like a lot of fun, specially for the toddler, but maybe it will cause a full on paroxysm and maybe then he`ll take it seriously.
So that`s all for now. I would love it if it wasn`t really WC, but what else could it be, and could it be something worse?
If the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." Thomas Jefferson.