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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Thrush

I used to pat myself on the back because we avoided so many childhood plagues. We've never (knock wood) had lice. We never will, if I have anything to do with it. We skipped over RSV even though my twins were preemies. We missed a lot of those strange infant only diseases. Only the Boy had croup. And nobody ever had thrush. Until today.

I'd like to say the Girl is a late bloomer, but she's not. She just does things in her own way. Marches to a different drummer and all. The past couple of days she's been complaining about her throat hurting (we all have summer sore throats) and her mouth hurting. If I listened to ever one of her complaints, I would do nothing but examine her day and night. She's a bit of a hypochondriac. Ahem.

This morning she marches downstairs and says "There's something wrong with my mouth." I've already told her to eat yogurt because she was complaining of a canker sore. But does she listen? NO, she does not. I look in her mouth and she's got the telltale white tongue. And raised white sores all over the inside of her cheeks. Thrush.

Did you even know adults could get thrush? I didn't, until I looked it up on Dr. Google. Yes, they can. I made her take her blood sugar, which was a low 98, so she's not diabetic. But she has been eating nothing but pasta, fruit, and candy lately, so maybe it's her diet. We did have a bit of a chat about that. Too much sugar and yeast is a bad mix.

We're off to Walgreens to get her prescription filled. 4 times a day with the Nystatin. I will be INSANE by tomorrow. She does not DO medication. Ever. Hates it. Will fight to the death before taking tylenol. Children's sweet flavored tylenol. God forbid she should take a pill. This is the kid that still wants Flintstones vitamins. Oy!

Thrush. Who would have thunk it?

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6 Comments:

Blogger blackbird said...

diflucan tablets are way easier than the nystatin rinse ya know -
Youngest gets thrush every once in a while from his inhaled steroids...

7/7/07 3:20 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

You can also get thrush when you take antibiotics for a long period of time. Yeah, learned that the hard way. Yogurt is your BEST FRIEND EVER!

7/7/07 10:34 PM  
Blogger craziequeen said...

Poor Girl :-((

I have always hated taking medicines.....

Perhaps you should tell her the medicine is the new Flintstones Vitamins?

Michele sent me to say hi, Margalit.

cq

8/7/07 2:06 AM  
Blogger margalit said...

bb--diflucan is not recommended for the Girl due to some other medical situations. So it's nasty Nystatin for her. And you would not believe the histrionics over that medication. Two doses down, she's already threatening not to take it again.

8/7/07 2:45 AM  
Blogger blackbird said...

I think she can rinse and spit it if she has to -
Youngest didn't HAVE to swallow it if he couldn't do it (he has a gag issue due to a neuro problem)(look at us! count the medical issues!). The doctor said rinsing, gargling and spitting was better than nothing.
And his thrush went down into his bronchial tubes, which is how he ended up on the diflucan anyway.

8/7/07 2:48 PM  
Blogger barbie2be said...

i had it about two months ago. they said it was from the combination of too many steroids (prednisone and my advair)... go figure. the nystatin knocked it right out.

9/7/07 1:01 PM  

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