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Pox Saturday

Posted on 2013/12/15 11:37:57 (December 2013).

[Saturday 14th December 2013]
Erika was still quite poorly - still feverish, still sleeping very badly, and still quite lethargic for much of the daytime. So we decided we should probably take her to the doctor in the afternoon - as a trial her doctor's surgery is open for walk-in appointments at the weekend. It was pretty full when we originally went around 3pm, and we decided to come back later as our appointment wouldn't be until after 5.

The doctor said it was quite a severe case of chicken pox - it's not usual to still have a high fever five days after the onset. I felt slightly vindicated by this, having been quite annoyed when I'd read articles on the web describing it as a "mild" illness - "mild" certainly isn't an adjective I'd use to describe my experience this week.

He thought there might have been some additional issue - possibly an ear or chest infection, although he couldn't hear anything for sure with the stethoscope, he still prescribed some antibiotics just to be on the safe side. This is now the third course of antibiotics she's been prescribed in the last three-and-a-bit months since she started nursery, and I'm at the point where I'm questioning it a bit - I'm not sure it's good to have had so many courses of antibiotics in quick session at such a young age. So I'm rather in two minds whether she should actually take it or not.

Moreover I'm starting to get a bit unhappy with the nursery situation - we obviously expected her to pick up a few bugs there, particularly at the start, but this is probably something like her fifth visit to the doctor since she started nursery, her third course of antibiotics, and in total about probably 1 in 4 days during that period she hasn't actually been to nursery because she's been ill, meaning either Chie or I has had to take time off work.

There isn't really an easy alternative though - I think Chie would be quite unhappy now if she had to go back to being a full time Mum again, so some sort of childcare is unavoidable, and apart from constantly getting ill Erika does actually seem to quite like her nursery. Not really sure what the answer is.

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