Bad news from one of Nicholas’ little friends – he did pick up the strep from us at the party – poor little guy! I’m extremely lucky that Nicholas hasn’t had it, too!
Mum is doing much better now that the antibiotics have kicked in to attack the bug – she’s left for home now. The house will be very quiet with her gone. The doc we saw on Tuesday told us that there was little to no chance that our strep throat could have any impact on my mum’s finger injury (she severed a tendon a few weeks ago) – that strep doesn’t pass from the throat to the skin. OK, sounded good – no worries about her finger.
The next day I took Nicholas back to the clinic because the goop behind his ear wasn’t food, as I had suspected, but was red and pussing and clearly sore (he wouldn’t let me wipe it). Different doc this time … said the same thing … extremely unlikely that it would be a strep infection on his skin – it doesn’t travel between throat and skin … but I pushed to have a swab taken and she prescribed an antibiotic ointment to clear up whatever was there. The ointment has been working really well, but I got a call from the clinic today, asking me to bring Nicholas back in. You know that means that they have something to discuss … I didn’t panic, but I went right away.
No surprise here – he DID have a strep infection behind his ears. My family doesn’t do things half-way – we seem to like the deep end of everything! His ears have completely cleared up with the ointment, thank goodness, but this whole issue has reinforced for me that, as parents, we have to trust our gut and not just what the medical system tells us. I’m not bashing our medical system … by any stretch … but I think it’s really important that we listen to our inner voice and combine that with a doc’s opinion to find the truth.