Have you ever heard of HSP?
After Leishan's wedding a cold was going around. Vince had actually been sick with pneumonia during the wedding weekend. Tyler, Maria and the kids left here sick with a cold. Izzy was also getting a cold and by last Monday night she was crying a lot and I knew that something else was going on. I took her to the doctor on Tuesday to find out that she had an ear infection.
I waited to pick up and start the antibiotics until Wednesday as the doctor and I had discussed. A lot of ear infections are viral and will resolve. But because she was pretty upset and the ibuprofen and Tylenol wasn't helping her feel good enough to sleep- we started the antibiotics on Wednesday.
Wednesday she had two doses of Amoxicillan. And then Thursday morning she had her dose. Then Thursday afternoon she started getting bumps on her legs. (See first picture above.) I posted the picture to my Moms group for some opinions about what was going on. And I consulted Google for some rash photos. The consensus of the Moms was that it was flea bites. Since Izzy wasn't scratching and the dog doesn't have fleas I knew this wasn't what was going on. I thought maybe she was having an allergic reaction to the meds.
I called the doctor on Friday who agreed that we should stop the antibiotics. She had only had the three doses and we were heading out of town for the weekend so we didn't want to chance anything with her getting worse etc. She didn't have a fever and wasn't too grouchy so we forged ahead.
We picked up Angelina at camp on Friday. Robert and I along with Izzy and AJ were going down south for a friends wedding celebration and staying the weekend at a local hot springs. Truly a beautiful place but really in the middle of no where.
By Saturday morning her rash looked like the above.
She hadn't been on the antibiotics and the rash was getting worse.
We had been swimming a ton and outside a ton.
I thought maybe the rash was being exacerbated by the water
and the grasses we were in. By Saturday night (post wedding)
I was getting worried. Things were looking worse and bendryl
did nothing. We tried to get a little sleep and were up at 6am
heading north to the Children's hospital four hours away.
Izzy was doing OK. She had been grouchy and wanted to be held a lot. She complained of her stomach hurting and I guessed what she had was HSP (based on google research). But there are also many other possibilities that can go along with a fast changing and spreading rash that is NON-blanching. This is the key here- when you pressed the rash it didn't change to white. I even did the glass test to see that when I pressed it was still there. So I knew we were dealing with petechiae or purpura (collection of small blood vessels) type of rashes. If you google you will see some scary things like meningitis and leukemia. I was done waiting and we were on the way to the hospital.
When we walked in we were put in isolation. And we saw some of the docs from Camp who knew AJ from the weekend before. What an awesome coincidence and so fun to see them at work! :)
Izzy had an amazing nurse and gal from Child Life came and kept her entertained while they started an IV to get some blood work. SHE DID NOT CRY. She didn't even flinch. She was such a trooper. I have never seen a three year old be so cooperative at a scary place. The professionals were amazing. Izzy also went potty on the toilet for the first time and was able to give a urine sample without having to get a cath! Yea Izzy!
HSP is mostly seen in children and sometimes in adults. Its basically the body having a reaction to the virus. So the child is sick with a virus and then they come up with a rash that affects the legs, bottom and arms. Izzy also has the rash on her elbows. It also can cause an upset tummy and sore joints and in some cases can affect kidney functioning and cause intussusception.
My poor little Iz.
It takes a month or so to go away.
And if you see us around town... we aren't contagious! It just looks REALLY bad.
(This mornings rash rapidly changing and some of the spots are
really dark like bruises)