Saturday, January 14, 2012

In Which Connor Finds Some Polka Dots

Connor celebrated Ellen's birthday yesterday by having a six and a half minute seizure and then breaking out in blisters all over his face.  He'd had a couple of spots show up in the last few days that I assumed were either eczema or a mild allergic reaction to something, but when I woke him up from his three hour post-seizure nap he looked like he was hitting puberty about eight years early.  Twenty or thirty red, raised bumps were scattered across his face.  His g-tube was also red, crusty and oozing for good measure. 

So it was off to the doctor's office we went.  We sneaked in a scant hour from closing time in the hopes that we'd be able to get an appointment; otherwise we'd have to go to urgent care.  I wasn't sure what was going on with the kid but it was obviously more than eczema, and I didn't want to leave it over the three-day weekend.  Luckily they were able to fit us in.

So it turns out the little guy probably picked up impetigo from somewhere.  Basically it's a skin infection that is usually caused by either strep or staph bacteria.  They took a culture to see exactly what type of bug is causing it, but in the meantime the little guy is now on both oral and topical antibiotics three times daily.  Hopefully that will solve the problem. 

Of course impetigo is contagious, so now Jer and I are having to do a spot check on each other daily until Connor's condition clears up to make sure he hasn't spread it to us. 



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