Wednesday, August 02, 2006
I am officially a bad mother.
I took Anna Marie to the doctor this afternoon. Thankfully, we aren't in the middle of flu season so I didn't have to wait too long. Here is what I was told:
1. She has strep throat. Yep, strep. (Hey, that rhymes!) She's never had strep, not even this past spring when it was going around the home of her former babysitter. She's never had so much as an ear infection (I know, we're blessed). Her list of illnesses up unitl now has been: pink eye, some sort of viral infection that gave her spots, a "flu-like virus", and now strep. That's pretty much it. I was give a prescription for amoxicilin and she has to take it for the next several days.
2. She was behind on her shots. That meant she needed three today. THREE! She had just calmed down from the trauma of getting her finger pricked, and the doctor came in and said she needed three. She fell apart, the poor thing! Got so upset she was hyperventalating. I had to HOLD HER DOWN ON THE TABLE! It was traumatic for both of us, but she got a popsicle out of the deal (from the doctor)>
3. He wants her to see a speech therapist. Now, I know she doesn't speak perfectly, but she's four! I told him we had planned on just waiting for school next fall, and he thinks that if she goes now she won't need one at school. Trouble is, the nearest one is half an hour away! I've really got mixed feelings about this.
She's watching Winnie the Pooh right now, and trying to rest. At least her medicine tasted good enough that she took it freely. The doctor says that after 24 hours of the medicine, she won't be contagious. Maybe she can get to go to James Micheal's birthday party tomorrow night, because she'll have been taking the medicine that long.
The worst part: she keeps reminding me that she tried to get me to take her to the doctor for TWO DAYS! And holding up two fingers, just so I'll know how many days two is. I feel just awful, but I tried to explain to her that I knew she was sick, I was just trying to make sure it was the kind of sick that needed a doctor and not the kind we can fix at home.
At least now we know what's wrong with her, and what can make it right.