Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Practicing...doctors

I once had a professor tell me that there was a reason they called them "practicing" doctors. I finally had to take Megan in to have them get make sure she didn't have Strep and see if they could give her some antibiotics for this cold/flu/crud that she has been fighting for several weeks. Now, I do not run to the doctor every time Megan gets the sniffles. The last time she was on antibiotics was when she 5 or 6, and that was for an infected tooth. But this crap has been dragging on her for weeks. Her immune system obviously needed some help.
The nice thing about the WR clinic is the fact that I have known these people forever. They have known Megan since she was born. I am comfortable with them. They do their usual weigh-in. Megan was very happy to find out she has reached 101 lbs. The nurse came in and wrote down the info we gave her...how long, what symptoms, any allergies, how long since she has been on antibiotics,etc-you know the routine. A couple minutes later, the RN comes in, he is not the RN I know. He is visiting from the Rez clinic. We answer the same questions again(isn't this why they write everything in the chart the first time?). He says everyone has it and writes a prescription.
I drop Megan off at school and go to the Drug Store to have her presciption filled, buy more cough syrup, cough drops, any cough suppressants that they had.
Six days later, I noticed Megan had a rash around her neck. She had touched some insulation I had in the back of the pickup. I thought it was weird that she was breaking out, but it didn't itch. Within 15 minutes it was climbing up her face. WTH?? No problems breathing, no itching. I am getting kind of worried. It's a Saturday - clinic is closed. The nearest hospital is 50 miles away. At mom's she took her sweater off, washed her face and stayed in the house while mom and I worked horses. When she came down to the barn and pulled up her shirt-I knew we had a problem.
We hauled butt back to town and I dropped her off at the house to shower and get out of those clothes. Maybe, it was the insulation. Funny it wasn't itching though... I ran to the store to get some clarityn and benydryl. By the time I got back and Megan got out of the shower, her entire body was covered in this rash. She is having an allergic reaction to something. I am pretty sure it isn't the insulation by now. The only thing left is the antibiotics. I ask mom-she isn't sure. I ask Chris when he calls. He said YES-she is having a delayed allergic reaction to the amoxicillen. Have her stop taking it-make sure she can breathe okay and load her up with Benydryl.
Alright, I have never heard of a delayed reaction like this. I thought either you were allergic or you weren't...shows you how much I know.



The poor kid was covered in these spots for 4 days. They are just now starting to fade. Luckily, they were off her face by Monday morning. You know how teenage girls are...I took her back to the clinic and Chris' home diagnosis was correct. And the reason behind it? The visiting RN prescribed a 500mg dose-3x's a day. Yeaaa...that is like strong enough for a 300lb guy. Most adults get 250mgs. WTF???? Needless to say, I am pretty disgusted about this. Now they say she can not take a penicillin based antibiotic for the rest of her life. Shesh this kid has the worst luck.

7 comments:

Mrs Mom said...

Hang in there with Megan... I had an allergic reaction to Amoxi as well- but I was 8 mos preggers with our now 2 yr old son!

The initial thought was the hormone shifts during gestation causing the reaction, but.... to this day, I am having some small bizzare reactions that seem to come out of no where... Hopefully Megan does NOT have to deal with that!!

Chin up, and keep the Benedryl handy for her...

Kris said...

Oh my! Glad you all caught it and she is recovering! Scary.

Holly said...

I'd be making sure the clinic head knew about the mistake. It was a mistake and stuff happens but if Megan had a worse reaction than spots.......

Rising Rainbow said...

I know about reactions to penicillin and you bet they can be delayed like this.

As for Megan being unluck, that's not how I see it. I think she's on lucky kid you were on your toes. penicillin reactions can be deadly. You did good!

Twinville said...

Thank goodness you are such an attentive and concerned Mama! I had an allergic reaction to Amoxi when I was 19, but it only got to my chest before I went back into see the Dr. at the 'quick-see' clinic in town. I had no insurance at the time and it was the best I could afford.....but boy they messed up with the dosage as well.
I also can never take Penicillen meds for the rest of my life.

Well done for staying on top of her allergic reaction/overdose!

Mikey said...

Wow! That's wild!
I had a hive reaction like that too, they think from Sulfa drugs. Huge hives climbed my body, from the waist up. The went into my hair and neck and I went to the ER. Got a shot, never had them again.
Totally crazy though. I'd be a lil upset at the Dr that prescribed that, for sure.

BarnGoddess said...

scary!!

my sister is allergic and she was really sick, glad you caught it...