Life is never dull around here, I'll tell you that much.
I returned home from market last monday. On Wednesday morning I took my sweet little girl in for a tonsilectomy. She was home recovering just fine until Friday evening when she showed me some tiny red dots on her feet. A couple calls to the surgeon and we assumed it was an allergic reaction. (I wasn't completely sold on this idea because with massive tonsils she'd been on antibiotics several times before and never had a problem.)
Saturday morning we wake to a very sad little girl. Her feet were worse and bruised- she could hardly walk. Also, her tummy was hurting her really bad (I assumed she was a bit constipated from not eating and drinking a ton since her surgery.) The surgeon told us that if anything got worse to take her to the ER where they would give her IV steroids for the allergic reaction. SO we hopped in the car and drove to the ER.
First thing the Dr. told us- NOT an allergic reaction. He could tell us several things it WASN'T but didn't quite know what it was. We waited for a while until the Pediatric Hospitalist came to see her. He walked into the room, took one look at her feet and said "She has HSP"
Um...What!? Never even heard of it. Apparently it's not extremely rare- but uncommon enough that we had all kinds of Dr's, Nurses, and students coming into the room to see.
Then the bad news- the pain is so intense that we often have to give morphine. HUH!? To my little 5 year old? So she was admitted and given morphine and tylenol for pain. It's too long to explain what HSP is- but it's not fun. There is no cure- they can only treat symptoms. If you search the web and read about it there is one thing you should know: although it can be quite serious, my daughter has a mild case of it. She was released from the hospital last night when they decided that she no longer needed morphine for the pain and would do ok at home with other pain meds.
We're home now- but she's not better. It could be a week or so before the pain is gone completely.
I'm delaying my week long party of new patterns and goodies until next week. I hope you'll understand.