Friday, July 22, 2005

mycoplasma pneumonia

Ethan's chest xray showed right middle and lower lobe and some left lower lobe changes. With a temperature and an increase in breathing we were referred to Monash. At Monash they did the usual blood tests and commenced IV antibiotics. They diagnosed mycoplasma pneumonia (for those not medically trained it is more common in teenagers than little tackers). The pneumonia wasn't sensitive to the oral antibiotics he was taking. A new antibiotic was prescribed and we were discharged. Only a two day stay. The alkaline phosphatase is back to normal :) and his hb is 150 (still trying to get to that 180 mark)

All was going well at home. He was half way through the antibiotic course when he had another temperature. Another doctor visit, another perforated ear drum (Same ear as the previous three) and more antibiotics. He has been on some sort of antibiotic for well over a month now. We have to go back in a couple of days to monitor the healing and to get a referral to an ENT specialist.

He has missed more speech therapy and creche. He had the worst of it during music group holidays so he didn't miss any of that. This term at music group he is to attend by himself. He had his first self lesson last week and apparently went well. We are relying on friends to drop him off and pick him up due to the time slot. Lucky for us he has always been easy going and things like that don't bother him.

Tonight we are all going to the Lion King. VSK managed to get us 5 tickets. Erin (who has already seen it thanks to challenge) and Adele are very excited, not too sure about Ethan though. He's not too fond of loud things (other than his poppy) so it will be interesting. When we saw puff the magic dragon he clung to me like a koala and this is a lot louder!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

sick kids

Ethan had the follow up appointment with his paediatrician last Wednesday. It went extremely well. The antibiotics had done their job and his chest was clear. He didn't need another script and we don't need to go back for three months. All pretty exciting after a month of infection.

The high didn't last long though. He woke with a temperature Thursday morning. To cut a long story short, all 3 kids have been unwell for the last few weeks. One gets over it and another gets it etc. They all had GP appointments today. Ethan has an ear infection and most likely pneumonia. He has to have a chest xray in the morning followed by another doctors appointment. He has been commenced on oral antibiotics and can stay at home for now but the plan may change to IV antibiotics depending on the xray result and whether he has picked up at all since today. (The GP was happy to refer him to monash today but we decided to see if the oral antibiotics would have an affect first).

He has missed a lot of creche, music group and speech path due to being sick so hopefully we can get on top of it and he can make some progress in these areas.

Sunday, July 03, 2005


Since the last update;

More antibiotics for the ear infection, a few days of gastro and bronchitis, so even more antibiotics.

He finished the course of antibiotics for the bronchitis but something wasn't right. He was grunting a lot and sleeping more but when he was up and about he was happy and playing like nothing was wrong. Was something not quite right or was I being over reactive? We saw the paediatrician and Ethan most likely has a form of pneumonia! We discussed the plan of attack and it was decided to hold off with the xray and try more antibiotics first. I was given the xray slip to get done if I felt he needed it. He has another appointment next week to keep an eye on it and if it isn't any better he will need to have an xray and blood tests.

Even though he has been sleeping more and grunting he is coping extremely well. He is still active and gets up to plenty of mischief. He still attends speech therapy both at group and one to one. He really enjoys both. Not too sure if we are wasting our time and money though!!

Luke will post some photos (as I still haven't learnt how)tonight or tomorrow.