As it turns out, not only does Delaney have a virus or allergy that's causing the coughing, she's got a lovely starter case of strep throat to boot! I say starter because the PA thinks we caught it very early. After hearing about her symptoms and examining her, they did an RSV test and strep test just in case. You could have knocked me over with a feather when the strep came back positive. Well, that explains the elevated temp the last two days. The good news is that a course of amoxicillin will clear it up. The bad news is that Delaney ain't havin' none of that. The meds go in and...the meds come out. Forcefully and with mallice. Anyone got tips for getting a baby to ingest the pink stuff?
I really don't blame her for spitting the amox at us. She was terrorized in the doctor's office when they did not one, not two, but three swabs of her (now obviously sore!) throat. I have never ever heard my baby scream and cry like that or for that long. Delaney isn't a crier, never has been. As soon as she starts to cry, we tell her, "Delaney, find your thumb," and she does and the crying ceases immediately. Not today. My sweetie went ballistic, complete with crocodile tears, red face and lots and lots of snot. When she was calm enough, I nursed her which seemed to soothe her. Poor baby. It was awful. I nearly lost it myself just because she was so upset and nothing I did was helping, but I figured I'd better hold it together for her sake.
I'm sure she caught this at the gym's daycare. The PA, who seemed reasonable throughout most of our visit, suggested that I send Delaney there from now on with mittens (mittens???) to keep her from catching germs. While I have no intention of doing that (can you just see the other kids' bewilderment seeing anyone wearing mittens in south Texas at all, let alone inside a daycare?) it does give me some pause about taking her back there. At the same time, I can't protect her from bugs forever and it's only natural that if she congregates with other kids, she's gonna get sick from time to time. And right now, the benefits of her learning to interact with other kids and me getting time to work out seem to outweigh the risks. I'm not taking her tomorrow since she'll still be contagious until the antibiotics have been in her system for 24 hours. But I'm sure, with a little hesitation, we'll get back to our regular gym schedule later this week.
Our darling baby girl has only been sick one other time in her young life--at birth, when a high white cell count and low blood oxygenation kept her in the NICU for four days. I hate seeing her sick and I feel helpless now, as I did then. I want to make it all better. I want to make it go away. But I know that this is only the first of many colds, flus and the like that we'll experience together. Roger and I will just take care of her the best we can and make her well soon.
I'm so glad my mothering instinct kicked in this morning and told me to take her to the doctor today. I cringe when I think of how much sicker she could have become with this ugly strep.