August 19, 2006

New pictures

Here is a slide show of sorts of the new pictures we took a couple of weeks ago.

August 10, 2006

Follow up Groin

Yesterday was the followup with the surgeon to get the results of the cat scratch fever test results. Damon went with us to hear what Dr. M had to say. We get in there and he tells us that the test results were negative and that normally he would biopsy the swollen lymph node but since Wade appears to be better he doesn't want to traumatize him like that and he would prefer to take a wait and see approach.

I had brought the pictures of his rash that had appeared the same day that he had started complaining of the groin with me to show him and I also asked him if it was possible that it could be possible that he might have Tularemia. I asked because he has a general not feeling well and headache and my dad had just been diagnosed with this since had been biten by a tick and Wade has been at their house and in the woods with my dad and it is very possible for him to have gotten a tick on him. The dr got very concerned and said just one moment and left the room and then come back and said ok Dr. H will see you downstair right now.

Dr. H is the pediatrician. We went down two floors to see Dr. H and I took her the pictures of the rash from 7/28 and 7/29 and she agreed that it didn't really look like poison oak and she wished I had just brought him in to see her that day. I told her that I called the phone nurse and she claimed to have not received the call on Friday. She told me in the future to not even bother calling the phone nurse if he has something weird like that to just call and tell appointments that I need an appointment immediately per Dr. H and bring him in that day.

So, back to the groin thing, the lymph node has gone down so we are taking a wait and see approach and if Wade starts to run a fever for no apparent reason then I am to bring him in or if he breaks out in another rash for no apparent reason. She spoke with the infection disease dr on staff and she agreed Dr. H decision to take the wait and see approach because giving Wade the antibiotics for Tularemia would be more harmful than good if he doesn't have it.

August 02, 2006

Painful Groins

On Friday, Wade complained of pain in his groin area. When I tried to examine the area he just about jumped out of his skin. I had my husband look at it because he has had a hernia in the area before and that is what he figured it might be. So on Monday I called and scheduled an appt to get it looked at.

Tuesday morning we go in to get the groin pain checked on. The doc checks it out and can tell something is there but isn't sure if it is a hernia or swollen lymph node. So she schedules us with a surgeon for 1:15 that afternoon. Great... I have to kill almost 4 hrs in a town that I have nothing to do. FUN!!

We filled out the paperwork at the surgeon's office...that took all of 15 minutes....its now 9:30...hmm what to do now. Off to Hobby Lobby we go. We walk around slowly. Wade gets bored easily. He finds a cheap toy with two small wooden airplanes and 3 parachutes men in it. We get it and leave. Crap it is only 10am. We go to Old Navy since they just reopened. Look around a little bit, go next door to Office Depot to look at envelopes like Lisa suggested (what size did you get Lisa?), then we go next door to Books a Million...ah a place to kill some time. We stayed a little while then he got bored again and was ready to go. We is still only 11am. So we go eat lunch at Wendy's (his choice...I was going to choose a place with a playground). We are done by 11:30 so we go to a park type place that has track to walk on and we went and walked for 30 minutes. Then we just sat in the truck with the a/c for a while. Finally 1pm rolled around and we could go to the dr's office.

We saw Dr. M. This was the most redneck surgeon I have ever seen. He came in with scrubs on, his hospital white coat, and these rubber boots like you would see someone wearing fishing or hunting. He even had a dip in his mouth. LOL. He tells Wade he needs to see examine his parts and tells him he isn't sure what he calls them and then says "umm your gonads, nuts...what do you calls them?" So Wade nuts" Of course Wade was nervous anyway so he didn't like having a man examining his parts. Dr. M thought his right testicle has gone back up in him so he sent us for an u/s at 2:30. Great more waiting.

Funny story: After the doc left the room, Wade stuck his hand down in his pants and I asked him what he was doing and he said, "I know it was there so I'm checking to see where it went?"

I told him ... "well son you are looking on the wrong side he said it was the right side"

He says, "oh yeah that's right" so he checks the right side and says "its there, I knew it was".

We go at 2:30 for the u/s. The lady was real nice but she scared the crap out of me at the end. It took about an hour of her doing the scan. She first did his scrotum to make sure his "nuts" were where they were supposed to be and they both were. So she goes up to the area where it was painful and you could definately see something there. She couldn't tell me if it was a lump/mass, whole or what. She took lots of pictures and then tells Wade to stay there while she goes to talk to the radiologist to see if he wants any more pictures or to see if he wants to look at it himself. Ten minutes later she comes back and says ok get dressed and go back up stairs to the surgeons office and he will give you the results the radiologist just talked to him.

So back upstairs we go. We found out it was not a hernia but a swollen lymph node. So he sends us downstairs for bloodwork to check for Cat Scratch Fever. Well he hasn't been around any cats so I know it isn't that but yet we have to wait the 3-5 days for the test results because they want to rule that out first.

So I'm a nervous wreck now that I have done internet searches on what it could be. Let's hope the nurse is right and it is just an infection somewhere.

Illness has taken hold of the household again

Most of July was consumed with me recovering from surgery on June 30th and then a post op infection. Then on Friday July 28th the daycare calls to say that Wade has a rash on his hands and face and they wanted me to come get him. So I do and upon getting him I determine he has come in contact with something he is apparently allergic to and he has scratched and therefore spread it to his face and neck. I made a call to the dr's office on Friday because of the rash but also because of he was complaining of some pain in his groin area(will explain this in another post). They didn't bother to call me back...this made me angry. But we just kept up the Benadryl and hydrocortizone cream. Saturday morning rolls around his poor face was horrible.

After another call tot he dr's office, they finally called back and called him in some steriods. Within 2 hours his face was looking 75% better. We have decided it must have been poison oak from a tree that was cut down on Thursday that caused the break out.