Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thank you Alexander Fleming


No, this is not a close-up picture of a stained table cloth. It is in fact an enlarged photograph of the scarlet fever bacteria. Most likely some distant cousin to the bacteria that infected our 10 year old daughter in February.

We spent a very long night in the Emergency Dept of our local children's hospital one Monday night. Our girl presented with ongoing vomiting, high fever, chills, headaches and a sore throat. No rash. So 8am on Tuesday morning we came home with an all-covering "Viral-infection" - diagnosis. It was obvious though that the dr. was not 100% satisfied, but we were exhausted and came home with 'keep the fluids up and paracetamol 4 hourly'.

That afternoon at 4pm we received a phone call from the hospital (Yes, I was VERY impressed!) to check on how our girl was doing. As there was no change in her symptoms we were asked to return to hospital. By that time she looked as if she was badly sunburned. So back we went at 5:30pm and after more tests, blood tests and IV fluids she was diagnosed with Scarlet Fever after 11pm. A good dose of IV Penicillin was given and more of that magic potion was prescribed to take orally.

The funny thing is that Scarlet Fever is such an 'old' illness and almost everybody asked me where she picked it up from... I started saying I got it mail order because "I don't know" became such a boring answer ; )

All I can say is 'Thank you God', and 'Thank you Mr Fleming'. Thank you for Penicillin. Our girl was so unwell, but she recovered quickly!

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