DD has been in the hospital since Sat. and we just got back this afternoon....and do I have stuff to share.
DD is almost 11 months old and has never been sick until now (unless you count a clear runny nose for a couple of days when the outside temp. changes as "sick", but I don't). On Fri. DD had a mod. fever (102.3 maybe?) and was lethargic/fussy so we took her to her ped. clininc We are new to the area so it was only the 2nd time we had been to this clinic. The first was for a 9 month WBV at which that ped gave us 10 mins. of her time, so we asked to see a different ped this time. Same thing. He must have spent 10 mins with us and wouldn't let me get a single word in. Anyway, he took a quick look in her ears & said she had mild ear infections bilaterally and a slightly red sore throat & prescribed augmentin. He did a throat swab for strep but it came back neg. I asked him if antibiotics really helped with ear infections, or if it was more just to soothe momma (as I had thought I had read). He said if the ear infection is bacterial, than yes, they help. Then I asked him (as a test really) if he ever heard of garlic oil as a remedy. He mumbled something about home remedies and not trusting that silly stuff. Well okee then. So much for that. I cancelled my 12 month WBV I had made earlier and called that day and scheduled it at an entirely different ped office.
I resolved to try the garlic oil first (I'm a FTM and have never had to deal with this stuff before) and also a "wait and see approach", since many ear infections can clear up on their own without treatment, and she wasn't showing signs of pain or anything. Just acting "worn out". So I put the oil in her ears. She kept declining the rest of the day -- her temp. was increasing, and when it went to 103.5 around 4pm, I panicked and went and got the Augmentin. I gave it to to her at 4pm, & at 10pm along with Tylenol. Her temp went down t0 around 101. When I went to give it to her the next morning (Saturday) she threw it up immediately. I had to give it to her 3 times. Later she also threw up Tylenol three times. An hour after that she threw up twice on her own without prompt. I wasn't sure if she was having a neg. reaction to the Augementin (which is very hard on the GI system) or if she was ill or what, so I called the new clinic I had made the WBV appt. with and asked to see the dr. for a sick visit, which they do on Sat. mornings.
So my first time at this clinic was for this sick visit.... I met the doctor and we discussed everything. She looked in DD's ears and said she showed no signs of ear infections (was it the one-time application of garlic oil, or was our ped a nitwit?) but said she did have terrible blisters all in her throat. Then she asked the Big Question: was DD up to date on her immunizations? I said "no". She said "Which ones has she had?" I said "None of them". She looked at Dh and me in utter horror, like we were aliens, then with disgust.
They took some blood, and she comes back later with the results and tells us "You have a very, very sick child." My heart sank. She said "Her white cell count is 22,000. That means she has a bacterial infection of some sort. She has cackling in her left lung lobe which indicated she has pneumonia. Her hemoglobin is 10 and her hematocrit is 33 so she is also very anemic. I am sending her to the hospital immediately. They will do an x-ray of her chest to confirm the pneumonia. If by some chance it is clear, then they will have to do a spinal tap b/c there will be a good chance she has meningitis. I hope this makes you rethink your stance on vaccinations, because the infection she has was most likely caused by something that could have been prevented by a vaccine. I looked at her blankly and said "no, it has not", at which point she became totally irate and told us DD could not be a patient at her clinic. Whatever, lady.
So we take her quickly to the hospital to the ped unit. The admissions lady asked us The Big Question about the immuniz. She did NOT give us a hard time. Later, the hosp. ped. asked us the Big Question. She also did NOT give us a hard time. She listened to her chest and immediately said a chest x-ray was not indicated, b/c she heard no problems in her lungs. She felt her soft spot and said she had no signs of meningitis so a spinal tap would not be necessary. She said she was NOT "severely anemic", that she was actually on the low end of normal, and about up to par with a BF baby her age. She did a urinalysis, tested for influenza, and RSV, all which came back negative. She put her on IV fluids only. DD continued to have a moderate fever over the next 4 days with vomiting, and as of yesterday, all of a sudden has severe
nasal congestion. They never could figure out what exactly was wrong except that it was "some kind of virus" ......Today,the fever broke, and she was able to eat 50% of what she would normally eat, so they let us come home.
She still has a poor appetite, I think mainly b/c she can't breathe while she sucks (we still BF), and she's not interested in solids again. But her fever is gone, and her vomiting is gone, so that's a huge relief. We are all totally exhausted. I think it will be another week before DD is 100%.
The hospital ped did not comment on the clinic ped's misdiagnonses, but did tell me what the doctor did about refusing us as future patients was unethical (which I agree with) was "against AAP policy to treat all children regardless of their vaccination status". I'm not so sure this is correct; all I've seen is a form they've (the AAP) developed that peds can use where parents sign and acknowledge the "potential risks" of not vaccinating. But is it really their policy that they should indeed keep these patients regardless if they want to or not? Somehow I think doctors are allowed their comfort level and choice, as ridiculous as it is to me personally......
Anyway...we are without a ped for a follow-up visit and I'm blue about that
: .....But very grateful DD is feeling better. What a draining week.