Well, our trip to the doctor this morning turned out to be very worthwhile. In spite of the long drive —an hour up and two and a half hours back courtesy of summer traffic to the DE and MD beaches— we got a diagnosis and some reassurance.
Basically, Nik has (had?) something called Henoch-Schonlein Purpura (HSP) which, though I’d never heard of it until today, is apparently moderately common; especially in kids Nik’s age. It’s some kind of vasculitis caused by either a viral or bacterial infection —or sometimes from reactions certain meds. Fortunately, for us, Nik does not appear to be allergic to either his current antibiotic —a good thing since we’re already pretty limited in what he can take— or to his seizure medication.
At this point, there’s nothing we can do, really, except manage the symptoms; he can only have Tylenol for the next few weeks because of his upcoming surgery (ear tubes put in and adenoids removed on the 30th). We just have to keep an eye on the rash and call the doc if it gets worse. Otherwise, things should resolve in a matter of a week or two —or six.
When we finally made it home, I had a raging headache and needed a nap. Niksdad took Nik out for a while to burn off some pent up energy from our long car ride. When they returned and I awoke —much refreshed —we took our little fish to my sister’s house for a swim. Forty-five minutes in the water was just what the doctor ordered for all of us!
Too pooped to care about nutrition, we had take out from Applebee’s. Nik is sound asleep and Niksdad is on his way home from Blockbuster with a movie.
I guess you could say we’re on the mend once more!