Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Out damn spot

I apologise for my lack of posting which anyone who ever reads this may view as the concern of a Mother with a sick child on her hands. Sadly for the wonderful world of motherhood, this is not so.

The truth is that firstly, I took my jetlag in my hands and went away for a long-planned boozy weekend with friends and left my poor boy in the hands of my frog, who we have now established has had the pox and is therefore perfectly capable of nursing his poorly little tyke. Secondly, by the next morning, most of the spud's spots had gone and those that were left were tiny and non-pustular, making this the third chicken-pox scare he has escaped and now I'm bored with the whole chicken-pox thing. Pox schmox, that's what I say.

Every time this has happened, 'this' being my son feverish and covered in spots, we've rung the doctor's office, got ourselves an emergency appointment so we don't have to wait in the lobby ready to infect the whole planet, scurried in for a bit of shirt-lifting and every time we get the same diagnosis: one of the common, low-level viruses which sometimes bring kids out in spots. Last time the doctor went as far as to say that it could be an allergy.

I reckon we're now experts on how to diagnose the actual pox and this time we was so sure. It looked classic. He had a cluster of large red spots on his belly with little raised bumps in them; he had a raging fever, he was scratching... but no... the next morning he was bright and breezy and practically spot-free. Once again I felt so let down but this time I've decided I'm over it. No, really I am. I refuse to get excited about it again. Chicken pox doesn't want my son? Hell with the thing.

No other child I know has had so many damn spots and now I'm worried that there's something more serious lurking - not that I've gone as far as actually researching it or anything because that would require energy and energy is something that I just don't have these days - but we may have to go for allergy tests at some point as it is ridiculous.

Anyway, we're still on hold for chicken pox and by the time it finally arrives we are likely to completely dismiss it - but at least we'll have a cupboard full of remedies ready and waiting.

17 comments:

Fred said...

Hi Sparx...sent here by the Black Box. My wife used to head out for boozy weekends when we lived in the UK, but hers were to Belgium. She made sure I couldn't find her.

Hope your son is doing better.

DJ Kirkby said...

Hi honey
Perhaps Spud will just take after his dad and get chicken pox without anyone noticing. N3S was very spotty all the time, we switched to using eco balls in the washing machine instead of soap and it has helped. He still gets spotty but not like before.

Helen + ilana = Hi said...

Ok I don't actually have anything to say about this. Except Hiya Fred. But the word verification is

moist

which is what my eyes were as memories of long nights spent bathing my boys in oatmeal and long days spent getting the resulting porridge out of the tub passed through my thoughts!

Mum said...

OOh Steph, check for allergies, he has them on both sides I believe - asthma, god forbid kicks in around 3 - 3 1/2. I envision you right now Charlie chirping happily, you with your feet up and snoozing over a good book. Hope so.
Helen! - oatmeal? My two just had cool baths and calomile lotion - I ran a chart as to who could have a baby aspirin next. Oatmeal? Whatever did that do to the septic tank?
Mum/H

Lisa (Jonny's Mommy) said...

Maybe it is just allergies. So far Jonathan's escaped it too. Of course he's been vaccinated for it, but they say that doesn't always work. I guess we will find out for sure later. Anyhow, hope those spots go away soon!

Blogget Jones said...

How's he doing now?? I hope he's okay! I remember when my son got chicken pox -- wow, that's a way to clear a waiting room!

;o) BJ

Michelle said...

Sparx, I hope that Spud is soon over his spots--whatever they are!

Maternal Tales said...

I have to say - that is really rather frustrating for you... Hmmm. I wonder why the pox doesn't want him??!! Should be a good thing, but I can see you just want to get it over with. I am sending you a ton of sympathy x

Helen + ilana = Hi said...

Hi Mum, aren't you meant to be amomynous? Oatmeal soothes the savage itch.......or so my mum believed......and it did seem to work. You're asposed to put it in a cheesecloth bag and steep it in the bath like tea. But with multiple itchy toddlers in the tub the bag broke everytime! Still it helped so much I persevered. And thank goodness we were on the mains not our own septic!

slyperh - the sneaky slipper you can't find under your bed in the dark

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