Two words I hate hearing when I take my son to the doctor at this time of the year. They are two words I really didn’t want to hear before he has his ear surgery. Your child has THE FLU. Ughhh. Well, I was expecting to hear those words when I took my son to the doctor’s office this morning. He was fine yesterday, but was running a high fever this morning. And he didn’t want to be touched. I immediately took him to the doctor’s office when it opened.
Now, you might be thinking that an autism child not wanting to be touched is normal. I would agree, for the most part, that it is. For my son, there are degrees of touch that are allowed or not allowed. He likes deep pressure, and hates light touches. I thought, at first, that my son had another ear infection. Since he has his ear surgery next week, I knew I needed to get him checked out today.
In the waiting room, I tried to rub his back. This has always been a way to calm and relax him. He reacted like he had just been scalded with hot water. That was when I knew that we were dealing with more than an ear infection. The doctor confirmed my fears. My son has the flu.
Now, the doctor couldn’t give me a 100% diagnosis. It’s possible that he could have strep throat, or both. It’s possible that it could be something else. My son did not cooperate with the exam. The doctor prescribed medicine for both strep throat and flu. He also said that if he doesn’t show an improvement in a couple days, then we would need to have him admitted into the hospital to be sedated and tested.
That’s now the first time I have heard this, and it won’t be the last. Given his symptoms, and that we are in the midst of flu season, I’m sure it is that. Of course, I could be wrong. It could be strep throat. Either way, he is sick. My husband called the ENT’s office and let them know what is going on. With the surgery next week, we need to make sure they are aware of the situation. The rest of the month will be extremely exhausting for me and my son. Once we get past Christmas, I hope things will start to get better. I’ll keep posting updates about my son’s condition.
Take a roast chicken carcass and cook it off for the broth. It takes literraly 20 minutes
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This recipe comes from my friends over at Jones Dairy Farm. It’s gluten free, and would be great for Easter. You can visit their website for more gluten free recipes.
Spiced Apple Glazed Ham
You will need:
1 Jones fully cooked semi-boneless or bone-in ham
3/4 Cup apple jelly
1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
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