I've written here several times about his medicinal history and all the issues we have had with that. Yesterday he woke up and his ear was a little red. As the day progressed his ear got bigger,puffier,hot to the touch and yuckier. He had something similar though not nearly as bad a year or more ago and it cleared itself up so I wasn't extremely worried - I was just thinking he had gotten bit by something at some point over the last few days. As the afternoon and early evening came up the ear got bigger and bigger-so much so that it started hanging down a little. When David got home at 930 last night and my mom looked at it they both thought I should go ahead and take him to the doctor so we went. We have a new doctors office around here that is called MD 360 and it is open later than the urgent care until 10 pm and therefore saves you from having to go to the ER at night time if it's nothing incredibly serious.
I've only heard excellent things about this place - my mom has gone and one of my best friends also - rants and raves about the place!!! Don't get me wrong it's nice - very big and spacious and clean!! Each examination room even had tvs with cable in them to help the time pass. The doctor came in though and my impression changed very quickly. She walked in and initially looked at my child like he was an alien - don't get me wrong it was odd looking but you're a doctor for God's sake - surely you've seen worse things than his ear! Then she went on to tell me she thought he was having an allergic reaction to SOMETHING though she had no clue what it was or where he could have been bitten or even what he had been bitten by. Couldn't find a bite mark even though his ear was definitely pronounced with the swelling and puffiness! Then she proceeded to tell me she wanted to prescribe him some steroids and asked me how much he weighed. Before I could say anything she sat there as if she was guessing out loud - 80 lbs? she said. or 70 lbs? Seriously!!!!!!! I said "HE'S 6 YEARS OLD!!!!" Really? 80 lbs? Uhhhh I think not! He's 55 Thank you very much! Then starts trying to calculate dosages in her head for steroids - and overall just didn't look too confidant in what she was doing as she spits out the prescription and says it didn't like what she wrote. Hmmm wonder if that was because it was WRONG!?! I'll be looking at his ear again when he gets up this morning and then deciding whether I should take him to our doctor when they open up.
I'll admit first hand I am attached to our doctor! I don't like going to the office and having to see anyone else! She's been with me through thick and thin and she was the first person that laid eyes on Jacob when he broke out with SJS the first time. I trust her with everything and am totally confidant in her! Any doctor I is probably at a disadvantage even walking in the room because I'd much rather be seeing ours but really 6 yrs old and 80 lbs? Come on!!
Now for the ear: Has anyone ever had this happen or seen it before? The pictures hardly do it justice - it just looks horrible!!! Poor boy!