Tuesday, August 19, 2008

oooh rats!

Na na na na... na na na na - hey hey hey Goodbye!We bid farewell to our disease carrying rats! It was hard for Paige to say goodbye. She was attached to these little stinkers and woke up the morning after they left us with tears in her eyes. She knows it is for the best, but lately we've had a really crappy track record with household pets. I think we might be in the "dog only" category.

This is the reason they are gone. James developed this red patch on the back of his head in the early part of June. His hair fell out and we took him into the dermatologist. He said he needed to run some tests and gave us a topical ointment for other stuff. A week later his lymph nodes got huge and he went through a miserable weekend with a temperature, I assumed it was a flu bug or sinus infection. I took him to the pediatrician and she said he had picked up a bacteria & a fungus and started him on antibiotics for 10 days & a fungal treatment that would last 3 months. This thing on the back of his head was the size of half a golf. It oozed puss constantly and bled all the time. It was so painful for him.

These pictures were taken the 1st part of August and it's amazing how much better it looks. The dermatologist confirmed our suspicions and said our pediatrician guessed it right. He had a fungus call a "Kerion" and prescribed another topical solution. Then just last week we went in for a check up and the dermatologist notice a circle patch on my arm (that I assumed was eczema) and a circle patch on Paige's knee (I thought was a rash) - He said, "I hate to tell you this... but you both have the fungus too" - I was like, What the h...?! Where did we get it from. I just assumed James picked up a weird strand from licking the ground or eating dirt. He said the #1 carrier of this type of fungus are household pets and specifically rats. I got it from touching James head all the time (applying medicines) and Paige got it from her constant exposure to the rats! Now they are gone and all I can say is good grief & good riddance! We should be whole again in 2 weeks & pray James hair will grow back or we can always start looking into "kids Rogaine". Luckily he is still as handsome as ever.

5 comments:

JC & Jen Young said...

I think that might be one of the grossest things i ever have heard!! I bet you went nuts with the clorox after that! That is strange cause we always had rats growing up and Jason always was playing with them, you guys have the worst luck

RatalieNose said...

O M GOODNESS!!! SOOO SAD AND GROSS!!

~nikki said...

holy freaky batman! i mean ratman! GOOD RIDDANCE INDEED!!!

Genna said...

holly cow, I am glad that you are all on the mend, and now I will never by rats, ever!

Anonymous said...

SICK! SICK! And Poor little James. I will pray also that his hair comes back in, otherwise I will head up a fundraiser for hair transplant. Rodents! Rats! SICK!