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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Still sick

Ashton went to the doctor today as he was just not looking right. We have an RN that comes in 3 times a week to help me out now and she commented to me that he didn’t look like he felt good. I had been noticing since last night that his coloring was not what it usually is and his SATS have dropped some and his eating is not what it needs to be. So he went to get checked out. He either has an ear infection or still has an ear infection. Normally this wouldn’t be such a concern to us if it was one of our other kids. They are stronger and able to fight such things off. However, Ashton just finished an antibiotic and now he is starting another one that is supposed to be stronger. On the news they were talking about a “supper bug” that is going around.

This is what I know about the supper bug.

MRSA’s resistance to antibiotics has earned it “superbug” status. It is responsible for more than 94,000 infections and 16,000 deaths annually in the U.S. alone, according to recent Center for Disease Control reports. Those numbers indicate it is a greater health threat to Americans than the AIDS virus.

The spiking MRSA death toll recently reported by the Center for Disease Control presents formidable motivation to move infectious disease research ahead, and to get life saving nanotechnologies into the marketplace. University of Idaho scientists are focused on both goals.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says it is not a reportable disease; therefore doctors are not required to notify the health department when they diagnose cases, and schools are not required to notify parents.

Health and Welfare is considering changing those regulations in the upcoming legislative session.

After reading these statements, I now know that it is serious and it is not required that it be reported. Yet I know of 2 cases in Idaho where MRSA has been reported in 2 different schools.

My point being that it worries me that Ashton is on antibiotics for the second time in the last month and the season is just getting started. With 4 kids attending school, this potential threat worries me.

Ashton is scheduled for Saturday to have a Synagis shot for RSV and he will receive 5 shots all together for the season.

The other concern we have is that all of the other boy’s have had tubes in their ears. We don’t want Ashton to have to be put under again for something like that.