Now that I've scared you all to death, on with the show!
Alice was diagnosed with a severe double ear infection 2 weeks ago. We were visiting my parents in Birmingham, and she kept getting a fever. I knew something was really wrong. Trust that mother's intuition, right? Sure enough, the doctor confirmed it, and she got her 10 days' of antibiotics. She seemed to improve - no more fever, a couple nights sleeping straight through, and I thought all was fine. In fact, the evening of day 10, I took a bunch of pictures of her playing in the tub.
Then on the 11th day, she woke up with tiny red dots and hives all over her.
The hives, from previous experience with Helen, screamed allergic reaction to me. But for the life of me, I couldn't figure out what caused it. Did we switch detergents? No. Did she eat something new? No. Did the daycare give her someone else's food? No. So we went to the doctor, who told us that Alice presented both of the classic symptoms of allergy to amoxicillin, the antibiotic we used for 10 days. One reaction is tiny red dots (check) and the other is hives (check, check, check). I said, but wait - she had an ear infection we treated with amoxicillin at the beginning of January! Why did we not see anything then? Typically this happens on the second run, the doctor said. Okay, but why did the reaction take 10 days to appear? Because that's when you typically see it, after the course has built up in her system. Sure enough, the ear infection isn't cleared up, either.
So we're on a whole new antibiotic, as far away from the penicillin family as we can get. In the meantime, the dots are subsiding, but the hives and welts got much worse overnight and during the day. We're managing with Benadryl for now, which I can tell helps a bit because she stops scratching at the back of her head during nursing sessions. Otherwise, she's fine. Congested, red and puffy, yes. But fine.
As a Southerner, I believe the words you're looking for are, "Bless her heart."
So, to all our great-aunts and mothers and to my sister specifically - you can put down your keys, and step away from the car. We've got this one. I promise.