Saturday, April 12, 2014

Visiting the Local Doctor

The sunburn looks like freckles
Since we got back from our vacations this past weekend to the water parks, we took inventory of our internal systems. Traveling anywhere in Mexico is going to subject you to new bacteria and expose you to lots more people in the tourist areas. I was a little concerned about subjecting ourselves to three different bodies of water that aren't treated in any manner. On the last day, the girls played in the water for several hours and we forgot to put sunblock on their faces so they both ended up with a sunburn on their noses. Their faces are starting to dry and peel now.

Mia and I had diarrhea when we returned but it was Erika who ended up getting sick and running a fever of 102.4F on Wednesday. I could tell she wasn't feeling well when I caught her sleeping up on her bed during the day. This is my child who never stops so I knew something was wrong.  I gave her two chewable children's Tylenol that I had brought with us in the move. Prior experience has taught me to stock up on the children's medicines because they are more difficult to locate and the girls are prone to fevers to fight off any infections and bacteria.
Carrying Erika piggy back
Now I'm not the mother who runs off to the doctor every time they get a fever or whatnot. I let Mother Nature run her course and the fever burn off whatever infection there might be in her system so I don't get real worried unless it spikes over 104F or I can't break her fever after a day. I had to walk all over town looking for popsicles that didn't contain dairy products and finally found some for 17$ each which is a rip off. It would cost too much to drive all the way to Santa Ana or Tlaxcala so I paid the price and walked back home. Mia slept with José down in our bed and I climbed up and slept with Erika. I have always slept with the girls when either one of them is sick. It's easier to tell if they start burning up or throw up in the middle of the night and it is brings me, and them, peace of mind.
Sitting on the couch in the Dr's waiting room
Mia was running a slight fever on Thursday but it was so low grade that I didn't do anything for it, just kept both girls drinking lots of water to keep them hydrated. I have a hard time drinking lukewarm water after my year in Iraq. Our water bottles there were blazing hot from sitting in the desert sun and we didn't have any other option. Now, I like it chilled unless I'm running. Our fridge here is very tiny so I can't keep a water pitcher in there either. Instead, I send José up to the OXXO on the highway to buy bags of ice. The bag comes with four individual bags inside so we can fit them into the small freezer.
Sitting at the Dr's desk
Today Erika started complaining about red spots on her hands. I figured she had gotten into something and placed with it so I just told her to go outside and wash her hands really well without any soap to further irritate it. In the afternoon, she started to complain about them again and state that it felt like they were itching and stinging so I covered her hands with hydrocortisone cream and I gave her a benadryl to reduce any swelling she might have. Erika said her feet were feeling the same way so I treated them as well. My concern at this time was that she might have hand, foot, and mouth disease again but the symptoms weren't looking the same. She was crying with frustration and nothing seemed to be helping but the benadryl finally knocked her out and she slept for about an hour. When she woke up, she was fussy again and asked if I would please take her to the doctor. It was painful for her to walk on her feet so I carried her piggy back all the way to the doctor's office. We knocked on the door at 3:20pm only to be informed that the doctor wouldn't be in the office until after 6pm. So back to home we went.
José gets to carry her piggy back home
Erika relaxed on our bed for the remainder of the day watching TV and bickering with Mia. Physically she felt fine aside from the hands and feet. We walked back to the doctor's office at 8:30pm and were ushered into the empty waiting room. As we waited for the doctor, it slowly filled to standing room only. The culture here is more inclined to rush off the doctors at the slightest sign of a runny nose or fever. José has asked me numerous times if I was going to take one child or another to the doctor, urgent care, emergency room, etc. We waited for about 15 minutes before seven people emerged from his office and we were invited in. The doctor set Erika up on the cloth covered examining bed and checked her temperature, her throat/mouth, and inspected her hands/feet.
His diagnosis is that she must be allergic to something or have some kind of infection...He prescribed three different medications for her. 1. Laritol (Loratadina) which is an allergy related medicine like an antihistamine. 2. Penbritin (Ampicilina) which is your run of the mill antibiotic and 3. Flamozin (Nimesulida) which is another common NSAID pain killer. This isn't my first experience with the doctor so I was expecting a generic response/diagnosis accompanied by several prescriptions. All in all, everything cost 350$ ($27.24USD) for the visit and medicines. I don't know about you but I research every medicine that I put into my daughters bodies to look up side effects and what it treats in general. All of Erika's symptoms point towards a viral infection which isn't generally treated by antibiotics so I'm not going to start her on that regimen until we've treated the other medicines and see if they treat the symptoms. We are leaving for Guerrero in two days so let's hope this clears up quickly and she's back to her hyper self in no time!

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