Last Saturday started out normally. We woke up, had breakfast then we all trooped to to DW’s Kindermusik class and then to a good friend’s party for his daughter’s first birthday. It was all good save for the fact that DW had rashes that started out last Friday. Early Saturday morning DW woke up saying “kati,kati”. So, BDW applied VMV’s Boo Boo Balm (see my review here) and DW went back to sleep right after that. He was relieved from the itchies and we all thought that was the end of it.
Well, no. The rashes were so weird because they’d appear as really bright red clumps that were really itchy. They would disappear within an hour or so but new rashes would appear somewhere else in DW’s body. DW was ok though despite that. He didn’t have any fever and was his usual playful self. When we got home, while DW was downing his afternoon bottle of milk, I was looking at his rashes and I just panicked because it was all over his tummy and chest area and I couldn’t wait any longer to observe what happens next. I had DW’s lola check the rashes and she confirmed that we should take DW to the ER of St. Luke’s.
DW hates going to the hospital. A trip to his pedia would mean a crying session that would start while we’re at the waiting area and would end when we’re already at lobby of the hospital, waiting for our car. This happened when during one of DW’s check-ups, his pedia cleaned his ears. DW got really scared and he just hated going to the hospital after that 🙁
So at the triage area of the ER, DW knew what was up and just started crying. He bawled his eyes out and I had to steel myself because I was thisclose to crying too. To add to that, DW had to have his CBC and so his finger was pricked. He was so scared. I had to call BDW because I didn’t know what to do anymore. DW was probably feeling what I was feeling too and it didn’t help that I was anxious as hell that day. I was cold all over and my eyes weren’t probably blinking because I was on guard the entire time.
To calm DW down, BDW carried DW to the lobby of the hospital and they stayed there the whole time. I stayed at the ER to catch my breath and talk to the pedia. The CBC results came in and they were all normal and so DW was diagnosed with acute viral exanthem. The rashes were caused by something DW caught in the air, it was viral the pedia said. DW was given antihistamines which cleared the rashes right away. I asked the pedia and the nurses to give DW his drops at the lobby so that he’d be calmer and would not spit the medicine out.
It was horrible. That experience was horrible. I prayed that this is the last time that I’d be bringing DW to the ER. DW probably lost a liter of water from all his crying and was sniffling all the way home. He was so tired (but not that tired because he still slept at 9 pm).
What happened was such a scare too because DW was neeever sickly. He’d have the usual bouts of the sniffles but he’s always been very healthy. I almost lost my mind thinking of what could have caused the rashes but it was just “environmental” the pedia said. He was the only one susceptible too in our house and so he was the only one who got the itchy, red rashes.
DW was looking at his wrist band and I told that it gave him special powers. It made him into Super Man and that he’d be alright every time he’d get that. He was cool with that. For now.
When DW slept, I told BDW that I was so scared the whole time that we were in the ER. He told me that he knew. I didn’t ask anymore how. The stress I had was probably more than enough for the two of us that BDW had to be the relaxed one or else we’d both spontaneously combust. In the future, I would probably be that hysterical mom in the doctor’s office…so I am offering my apologies in advance.
DW’s ok now. That 2.5 ml drop of antihistamine took the rashes away. They have not gone back as well and so we never had to give him his medicine at home. He was playing with his cousins yesterday and was having an awesome time. I looked at him and just prayed that everything stays that way for a looooong time.
So…how was your weekend?