Thursday, March 20, 2014

More than a Sinus Infection

Last night was a strange one.   Though Andrew was in much less pain, his eye continued to swell.  He got up a few times in the middle of the night crying about the odd sensation he was feeling in his eye.  Come morning, he didn't look much better though his headaches were gone.  He was running a fever again and his eye and forehead were painful with even the lightest touch.  I gave him some Benadryl per the doctor's orders and nearly freaked out because of how loopy he was acting.  I decided that we had to go back to urgent care right then and there.  They saw us immediately and said that Andrew had periorbital cellulitis on top of the sinus infection.  Andrew winced when the nurse swiped the thermometer across his forehead.  The antibiotics they had first prescribed were not strong enough to fight this onset of cellulitis so they gave him a high dose shot in the rump and prescribed  Cefdinir and Bactrim.

We were told that if Andrew did not show drastic improvement by the end of the evening, I would have to take him to the ER to have IV antibiotics.  Not only would the pain have to go away, but the swelling had to come down some as well as his fever.
Fast forward to now--
Praise God!
The pain is much better.
And Andrew is able to open his eye a little bit.
He hasn't had a fever since noon.
He has not needed any pain/fever reducing meds since 11 am.
His spirits are high.
He is encouraged that he is finally on the road to recovery.


13 comments:

  1. How SCARY! So glad he is improving!
    I hate it when our kids get sick. :(
    Praise the Lord that he is doing so much better. :)

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  2. Poor Andrew! That looks just miserable. Praying he continues to heal quickly.

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  3. Poor guy - I'm glad he seems to be getting better!

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  4. When I saw his picture on fb you posted I almost sent you a PM, I have an immune deficiency but am also a certified health education specialist and recognized by looking at him that it looked very very similar to POC that I had before and had seen others with before but I didn't feel it was appropriate to play armchair MD or to cause you any extra precaution. Kinda wish I had now ;/ Glad he is responding to treatment, but be hyper vigilant as this can turn extremely ugly quickly because of the proximity to the brain. I hope he gets well really fast, I can tell you from experience it is so painful and uncomfortable!!

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  5. Poor kiddo! Thanks be to God he is on the mend! That looks like it really hurt. . .

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  6. Poor thing!! So glad he's on the road to recovery. I'm sure you all had a scary time with this.

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  7. The exact same thing happened to my son and we had to do the antibiotics by IV. Not fun. So glad he is on the mend.

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  8. I'm glad you caught it quickly and that he's feeling better. Poor kiddo.

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  9. Praise God, make sure he takes all his med's till they are gone. I made the mistake of not making sure my son finished his (cellulitis on his lip from a dental visit, dentist nicked his lip on accident) Maveric ended up with a very nasty flare up and it took longer for him to heal he was close to getting sepsis from it....But God ia so good to us.

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  10. Hi! Sinus infections and the flu can get very serious quite fast. I have found that strong antibot. work best in the child is sick but they have side effects. I am glad you were able to get him into Urgent Care fast. Blessings, Pat

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  11. Oh, poor guy. I hope the meds help quickly. I'm praying.

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  12. I hope he feels better!

    Funny story, I had an exam today (I'm in medical school) and I came across a question that was describing this to the t. Your sons picture popped into my brain almost immediately...needless to say I think I got it right. Anyway, I know it stinks to be sick but let him know he really helped me!

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  13. My son has had this also. Our dr. Told us that some seem to be more susceptible to it and to watch for it in the future.

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