It is May and all three of my children have now spent time as inpatients in the local childrens ward this year, yes this year! Chloe for breaking her ankle, Erin for grommets and now Dylan due to his hayfever and the infection it causes. I only commented last week how we had a busy week with upcoming hospital visits and that was before Dyl threw his hat into the mix!
Friends joke that I should get a discount in the coffee shop. The nurses know my name. Only today one of Erin’s favourite health care assistants asked Dylan if he wanted lunch and looked to me, then said in a surprised tone, this is the third child! How is Erin?
It leaves me exasperated, what is it about my kids? My friends seem to avoid hospital stays and yet all three of mine are currently regular visitors.
Dylan has allergies, as a baby he had bad eczema and had a dairy free diet which controlled it. Now he eats what he wants and hayfever is the only allergy he has. April is usually Dylan’s worst month, the tree pollen and first grass cuts are his nemesis. Wednesday morning he awoke with tiny little bumps under his eye. I know what these mean, I know the course they run. After school I took Dyl to the surgery, we had no appointment but they also know that this has hospitalised Dyl twice already. I thought we had caught it quick enough. Yet Thursday saw no signs of improvement and by Friday the blisters were becoming infected. I took him back to the surgery hedging my bets as to where we would end up next. I was right and not surprised when the GP said Dylan needed to be seen by the paeds team. Knowing the drill we went prepared we nipped home grabbed the iPad, DS, snacks and magazines before heading back. I dropped Erin with a friend and headed to hospital. Initially the GP was concerned that the blisters looked viral more than bacterial, he suspected shingles. As I said Dylan only gets this at this time of year but the doctors and peads don’t have a textbook answer that links this infection with hayfever. Dyl has been on IV antibiotics for four days now and we are starting to see signs of improvement. However no one is entirely sure what causes this. It has been suggested that it is due to the MRSA he had as toddler (that was never actually confirmed as MRSA as they couldn’t admit that – as he had just had an operation in the hospital – rather they have always called it a staphylococcal infection). As this has reoccured he will now being a specialist – hopefully an eye specialist tomorrow.
In the meantime I am yet again drinking hospital coffee and watching the clock. This week will yet again be busy and dominated with appointments. Erin is seeing the rheumatologist on Wednesday and we shall see what the consultant says for Dyl tomorrow.