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.