K is still sick and I was growing concerned about strep throat because so many of her symptoms matched L's when she had it. Before I left for the funeral yesterday, I called the clinic to see if I could get her an appointment for when I got back. They said no, that I should take her to the emergency room. So I came home immediately after the graveside service, rather than going to the party/wake, and took her to the hospital where, as luck would have it, our new family doctor was on call.
He's very nice and rather young and quite handsome.
He listened to all of her symptoms and said the same thing the receptionist and the nurse said: H1N1. I pointed out that she'd had the vaccine a week ago and he said her symptoms would have been worse without it.
I told him that my main concern was her throat. He checked, said "ew", agreed that it looked like it could be strep and that she sounded like she had strep, and he took a swab. However, he wouldn't write a prescription for it because he said that giving her an antibiotic while she was fighting a virus would make her very very sick and he didn't want to do that unless it was necessary. He said the results would be back in 24 hours and someone would let me know if it was strep. If I didn't hear anything, then we should just treat the symptoms and wait it out. He also gave me an official note for the school.
Nobody called and her throat felt better today so I guess I was wrong. I'm happy about that.
K lost her title as the only one of my children to have never visited the ER.
We both took books with us, expecting a long wait, but the time from when I finished with the receptionist until they took her to a room was approximately two minutes. Maybe less. And the wait from when we got in the exam room until the doctor came in was less than five.
K really liked this doctor, mostly because he told her to "eat popsicles and ice cream, lay on the couch, and watch movies."
The receptionist told me to make sure we used the hand sanitizer on the way out.
When we left the hospital, the waiting room was full. I've never seen it like that.
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