Okay, I've e-mailed two friends who are nurses but right now I need some quick medical advice. So if any of you have any experience in the medical field or would just like to offer your advice as a Mom - PLEASE DO!
Here's the situation....
Caroline has been sicker than she's ever been in her life.
Starting 11/14, she started throwing up every day and it got to the point about a week ago that she wouldn't even eat. Then she developed a really high fever on Thanksgiving, up to about 102. That went on for 2 days and finally Saturday, the fever broke but she was still nauseous.
I took her to the Dr. Friday after being on the phone with her Thanksgiving night. They took blood and did tests. She had to do a urine test. The Dr. called me that night to say that the urine culture had grown and she suspected a Urinary Tract Infection. So she put her on Bactrim (sp?). It is the biggest bottle of antiobiotics ever and Caroline hates it! 4 tsp. a day!
So she's only had a tiny bit of a fever since then and for about the last two days, she hasn't been on any nausea meds and said she doesn't feel like she has to throw up anymore. So I'm thinking the antibiotic is working and she's on her way to being well.
So the Dr. just now called me and said that the second urine test I brought in from home didn't grow and they don't think she does have a UTI so I can stop giving her the Bactrum. So Caroline's shoutin' hallelujah because it literally gags her to take it.
I asked the Dr. if since they ruled everything else out (which they did, she gave me a long list of all the tests they did and it's all okay, even a test for leukemia), does that mean it's viral? She said in her opinion, yes.
Here's where my question to you comes in...
- Now I'm worried that if I stop giving her the Bactrum, she'll go back to being nauseous!
- I didn't ask the Dr. why she suspected a UTI the first time if she doesn't have one so now I'm wondering why she ever suspected that in the first place. Can you have a false positive, so to speak, on a UTI?
- If it were YOUR child, would you stop the Bactrum or finish it up? She's about halfway thru a 10-day regiment and it really is a challenge to make her take it.
Do you feel like the Dr. wouldn't take chances with a UTI and tell me to stop giving her the medicine unless it was okay?
I'm confused and I feel like if I called and asked the Dr. this, she would feel like I'm questioning her judgement.
OKAY - TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK MOMS OR NURSES...