It's been a wild and crazy few days here. Calvin woke up Saturday with a sore throat and cough. As a preemptive strike we went to the pediatrician's office, only to find out he had a cold and some post nasal drip. Whew.
Then he woke up Sunday morning with a really, really bad cough. I took him to the local Minute Clinic, but the moment the nurse practitioner heard his cough she sent us to the emergency room for a chest X-ray.
At the Emergency Room, the nurse in triage told me he probably had a virus, and the doctor agreed saying there was no reason to do a chest X-ray especially when he wasn't running a fever. They swabbed him for the flu, but it came back negative. We were sent home with the infamous "virus" diagnosis.
Sunday night Calvin spent all night coughing so hard he threw up about every 20 minutes. By the time I got him in to see our pediatrician (we saw a different one on Saturday) he fever was 103.4 and he was pasty white. After blood work, monitoring his oxygen sats, and yet another flu swab later - Calvin was properly diagnosed with Influenza Strain A. (Apparently the flu tests don't register positive until after a fever.) Didn't he already have Influenza Strain A, you ask? Nope. He already had Strain B. Lovely. As Calvin whispered so elequently in the car on the way to the hospital for a (wait for it...wait for it...) chest X-ray, "I sure hope there isn't a Flu Strain Z. I don't want to get all those in between!"
Preach it, child.
We went back to see our pediatrician this morning so she could look at him again. Fortunately the chest X-ray was clear - no pneumonia - and his fever is down some and his energy level is up some. Miss Chris (World's Best Pediatric Nurse EVER) had figured we would be admitting him to the hospital this morning, but felt he was improved enough to come on back home. If his temperature spikes up again, if he starts coughing and throwing up again, or if he gets lethargic again we will head back to see her today, which will probably result in a day or two at the hospital. We're really hoping he continues to improve!
In the meantime, I can hardly look at the "Dooby Dooby Moo" book. It just reminds me that, once again, we have the Dooby Dooby Flu...Take 2.