Early in the day Monday we had Ravioli for lunch. Brenden didn't want to eat anymore Ravioli because he said it hurt his throat. That was VERY unlike Brenden. His voice had been kind of raspy but no other symptoms. About 20-30mins after we ate lunch, Brenden started breaking out in a rash all over his hands and feet. His feet started to swell like balloons. Since he has a severe nut allergy I ran through in my head what he had eaten in the past 24hr to make sure he couldn't have accidentally been exposed to any nuts. His breathing was fine and he was acting like he was going to vomit, so I gave him some Benedryl and kept an eye on him. Other than the rash he seemed okay.
Tuesday morning (after Joshua's ER trip), I checked Brenden. The rash spread up his legs and back. Even though when I asked him if he was itchy he said "no", he was scratching everywhere. It was time to call the doctor. Brenden tested positive for Strep Throat and they believe he also has Fifths Disease/Parvovirus B19 which was causing the rash. My poor boy!! An antibiotic was called in for him and I gave him an oatmeal bath last night to help with the itching. He's still scratching a bit but I can tell he's more chipper and less cranky (and BOY WAS HE CRANKY before). :-)
I know it may seem like a rough week, and yes, it had it's challenges, but I am so thankful to have a God who loves me and my family enough to watch over us and protect us from even greater evils that we can't see ourselves. I pray for God's continued protection and healing over my family.