What is your perception of 6 hours of waiting? Six hours was exactly the amount of time, which we took from the time we leave the apartment, to the time we arrived home. We arrived in the morning 1am.
About two weeks ago, we found out that a bacterial infection is spreading in the school. One child in the immediate class group announced that. Among mommies (some knew what to expect from this kind of fever, to those who are completely inexperienced including me) begins to exchange this ‘new knowledge’ about preventive measure and noticeable symptoms and signs.
Being a parent has a list of responsibilities.
Being a mother has naturally a longer list (for some reason since so long time ago).
Scarlet fever for my daughter turns up as a bad sore throat in the morning. This is the first sign, but it was also very obvious with a high fever like 38.1 degrees Celsius. I decided she should stay in and not go to school. At this point I still didn’t think it might be Scarlet fever.
The characteristic rashes didn’t turn up until Day 2.
The strange thing that caught my suspicion was her fever didn’t subside on the second day! It went down to 37.6, then up again 38.8 on the second morning.
It is also the rashes and this fever that didn’t go away. My husband is finally back from Barcelona in the evening, and I quickly jumped out to buy a new bottle of fever medication (as we ran out of it), I consulted the pharmacist and retold the signs of my 6.5 year old, that her fever didn’t subside, and yet there is a coat of rashes.
The first steps to do upon suspecting your child might have got the bacteria is to verify it. We got help from our local friend more information about which children hospital to bring our child to. We went to the one that is about 10 minutes by car. http://www.lastehaigla.ee/hinnakiri-ravi27/#
One great advise that we got is to bring some masks when you go to the children hospitals. First of all, there are different types of active bacterias and viruses, all coming from different age groups of children and babies. Second of all, your child is still not immune to these new bacterias (while you’re getting the confirm diagnoses of your existing ‘contagious disease’.
I think knowing the obvious signs of a Scarlet fever, the first contact receptionist would have to quarantine people who has contracted it. For many levels this is important. In Tallinn children’s hospital, it seems this is not the case. We try on our own, to move to a less crowded waiting area, so that other little ones doesn’t get it ‘unknowingly’.
The second great advise that we got was this mental preparation that its gonna be a long long wait. I was told might be a minimum 4 hours wait. My husband drove us by car when we got there at the parking lot opposite the hospital, there didn’t seemed a big crowd. He was hopeful it might be a ‘not-so-crowded’ Saturday night. But with some reservations, I said ‘we will see’.
Sore Throat Diet
So what to eat for a sore throat? Hedi usually have soft food like homemade ice-cream, joghurt, soups, broths or porridge, fruits (nonacidic: bananas, avocados, raspberries). This ice-cream is made with a 2 ingredient home-made recipe so there is totally no chance of any other food addictive (unlike commercial ice-creams).
She asked for Vanilla ice cream (so the 2 main ingredients are 30% heavy cream, and condensed milk)
So what is the cause of this high fever?
This group A Streptococcus infection is the cause of Scarlet fever.
Signs & Symptoms:
swollen lymph nodes
How the bacteria is spread?
-by people coughing/sneezing
-or when a person touches an object that has the bacteria on it and then touches their mouth or nose
This toxin is produced by some types of the bacterium.
We will have a “14-Day Homeschooling” Challenge
I hope it will be a good cosy time, with more time to bond with my primary schooler. I also wish to add more opportunities for Hedi to learn some beginners’ Chinese.
This week’s home Gadget Feature is the Humidifier
Beurer LB88BLK Dual Action Air Humidifier, 6 Litre, 280 Watt, Black
I will write more about this product in the next post.