This weekend we went on our annual camping trip with our homeschooling friends. It was considerably wetter than any other year we've gone, so that made things a little bit more interesting, but we still had a grand time!
The funnest part was that this year the L's came too. We've been camping with them since Nathan was 8 weeks old, and Elizabeth was pregnant with Amanda, back in Colorado! Now here we re al20 years later!
We did have some unusual medical issues this trip. Two weeks ago, Nathan had a really sore throat and just wasn't feeling well. Eventually Grace and Jonathan did as well, with the added bonus of a nice rash all over their bodies. I took them in to the doctor on Thursday, May 18, before we went to WSS, and no surprise there, they all had strep throat (scarlet fever for Grace and Jonathan). Nathan got penicillin, Jonathan got amoxicillin, but I asked for Grace to have something different, since she had massive hives the last time she had amoxicillin, so she got a Z-pack. Well, Friday morning, as we were packing up to leave, Jonathan showed me what looked like bug bites all over his arms. We couldn't figure out when he would have been bitten, but I gave him some benedryl. He and the older boys came later than the rest of us did, and as they were driving, he texted to say he looked like he had chicken pox! As we watched this rash spread all over his body, it struck me--he's probably having a reaction to the amoxicillin, just like Grace (and Drew and Verity)! So he didn't take any more pills, and the rash seemed like it was starting to go away--although it is back now, so I'm going to take him back in tomorrow. Crazy!
The other medical issue was Drew's finger. When he was doing his dishwasher job (unloading the silverware) last Monday, the day after we got home from WSS, I was startled to see what looked like a blister at the top of his right pointer finger! I asked him what had happened, but he kept saying he didn't know. It looked a little like the blister you would get after a burn, so I asked him if he had touched the hot metal when he was roasting marshmallows on Saturday night. He looked clueless and said he didn't know. He certainly never complained at all at WSS or any other time about getting his finger burned or hurt in any way, so I filed it away as a mystery and proceeded to literally never think about it again.
Until we got up to camping on Friday. He went potty, and I was lifting him up to wash his hands, since he couldn't reach. I noticed that his finger was swollen, tight, and red all the way down to the second joint of his finger! What in the world?! It looked still like the blister you might get after a burn, but now it was much huger than it had been, and it looked terrible. But he had never complained about it once during the whole week! If I hadn't happened to notice it on Monday, I would never have even know when it started (well, as close as I could know, anyway, since Drew himself could give no clues)! We showed it to all our friends, and one friend offered some essential oils she had brought with her. We put meleleuca and oregano on it, which really stung, and THEN Drew complained and cried about it! He actually cried out in the middle of the night a few times too. But in the morning, the blister had split down the middle, so we thought that was a good sign. We put antibiotic ointment on it and a bandaid. Sunday the bandaid was off, but the finger still looked pretty awful. Now that we're home, we've been soaking it, but obviously there is still infection in there. We can't figure out what happened, but we're wondering if it wasn't some kind of bite or something--something he wouldn't have felt. There is no way it was a burn, because those throb, and he would definitely have cried and let us know! He fussed enough with the oils on it! So I'm planning on taking him in tomorrow as well. Hopefully I can get 2 appointments!