Friday, January 28, 2011

The quarantine continues...

Molly had a follow up doc appointment on Tuesday. They did another nasal swab (up BOTH nostrils which she absolutely HATED) and tested for Whooping Cough/Pertussis. Now I was under the impression they tested for this back on the 11th when I first took her in (low grade temp started on the 5th, but cough showed up on the 11th). Apparently the doc's office had checked the box for Pertussis on the lab slip, but either the lab never did the test or they never posted the results. They were testing for multiple things at that time and when I heard they all came back negative I assumed that had meant Pertussis too. Nope, she was positive for Whooping Cough/Pertussis and is now currently on antibiotics (Azithromycin) for the next 5 days. N and I are also on the same meds, but ours are in pill form. We need to take them since we all live under the same roof, but we've both been symptom free for over a week now.

Whooping Cough is highly contagious so we're basically under house arrest until her meds are up and we see her doc again. Oh joy! Molly's cough was nasty, but it has pretty much subsided since the weekend. I think the last time I heard her cough was Sunday. She still has a low grade temp though so I am hoping the meds take care of that. It's normal for the most part, but still spikes up into the upper 99.somethings and into the low 100.somethings. The doc said to not give her any Tylenol or Ibuprofen if it's under 100.2 since she's been on those meds for so long. Of course I took her temp about an hour ago and it was 100.4 so I gave her a dose of Tylenol. The antibiotics are once a day and the first dose was last night. Hopefully by tomorrow they will start working their mojo and this low grade temp finally goes away!

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