Scarlet Fever!

by Cate on December 30, 2006

I swear, if there was some Amazon Rain Forest disease, this kid would surely catch it. Back in early November, Nicholas had bronchitis. The doctor warned then that the cough could persist for weeks, and it surely has.

This past weekend, he had a barking seal, dry, croupy cough, and then yesterday and today, he mentioned that his mouth hurt, and his cough had turned a bit, now more congested. I called the doctor and got him an appointment this afternoon. The diagnosis? Scarlet Fever. When he was 3, he had croup. When he was 2, it was Hand, Foot and Mouth disease. Now it’s Scarlet Fever. I didn’t think it even existed anymore, but doc says that when you have strep throat, a rash on your throat, back and chest and a fever, it qualifies as Scarlet Fever, and it’s fairly common with kids. And if that wasn’t enough, let’s throw in some fluid in both ears and a sinus infection for good measure. Poor baby.

Luckily, aside from sniffling and dragging just a tad, he’s not acting sick. Very little slows him down. Much to his dismay, I’m keeping quarantined from The Girlfriend until tomorrow night to give the medicine a chance to start working its magic (doc says 24 hours and we’re good). Until then, I’m off to work on a Pirates of the Caribbean lego masterpiece with him (a gift from The Neighbors). There’s a special place for people who give gifts with 150!!! pieces, but we love them just the same. Until tomorrow…

A year ago today … quick and easy recipes.

P.S. I’m working on finalizing our menu for our New Years’ Eve Seafood Feast. Inspire me! What’s on YOUR celebration menu?

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linda in st louis December 30, 2006 at 10:14 am

Poor Nicholas! I had one who I thought stood on the street corner waving, saying “Germs? Sure, I’ll take them; give ’em to me.” He had everything.
Feel better soon, Nicholas. Happy New Year, Cate. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Linda

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Brilynn December 30, 2006 at 3:50 pm

We’re having lobster a day early because it’s on sale! Mmmm, lobster!

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Angela Martínez December 30, 2006 at 7:42 pm

Get well wishes for Nicholas! My son is the same way, and has all of the above, too. Hope that he continues to be a trooper and is back to normal in no time.

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Claire December 31, 2006 at 1:41 am

Poor baby! I guess we think scarlet fever doesn’t exist b/c it’s not nearly the dangerous “disease” that it once was! Hope he feels better soon. He seems to bounce back quickly, so I bet he won’t be down for long. BTW, I tried your spinach cheese thing and it was SO good.

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Cate December 31, 2006 at 2:56 am

Linda – LOL, totally sounds like our street corner. ;)

Brilynn – Lobster is definitely on our menu; first time I’ve ever made it!

Angela – Thanks, hope your son is feeling better soon too!

Claire – The Spinach Cheese Squares? Aren’t they delish? Glad you liked them. :)

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chanit December 31, 2006 at 7:48 pm

I wish you a Happy New Year ! ;)

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Stephanie January 1, 2007 at 11:02 pm

I had that in the second grade…I don’t remember much about it, except whatever I was watching on the television was interrupted by the Reagan assination attempt!

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