Saturday, December 11, 2010

So much for that theory

Remember yesterday, when I was all "I'll just keep him close to home this weekend"?  Right.  So not 5 minutes after that post, the daycare calls to let me know that my son has a fever, and has had two "loose bowel movements".  I picked him up and the poor little thing was burning up!  After giving him something for his fever, we sat down for dinner.  All of a sudden he starts pulling his socks off and rubbing his feet.  I looked down and there were two huge, red, rash-type lumps where his feet should have been.

We rushed off to the ER where his fever spiked and his rash spread to cover his entire body.  When the doctor saw us she told us the fever was because he was developing an ear infection, but brushed the rash and diarrhea off as "that's what happens at daycare".  If one more doctor says that, I might lose it.  This is why I love my family doctor.  If she had the same attitude, my son would still be suffering every day under the pretense that he was still adjusting to the germs at daycare.  From now on I'm telling any doctor besides my own that I keep him isolated from the rest of the world for fear of contamination.  What quick diagnosis will I get then?

Ultimately, the rash and diarrhea go hand in hand, and it means that his food was somehow cross contaminated at daycare.  Time to bring in another copy of the prep rules to go over with the cook.  Or maybe I'll just take my colleague's advice and bring in all of my own food for him.  Leave nothing to chance.  The more this keeps happening, the angrier I become.  Other allergies and food restrictions seem to be taken more seriously, and it doesn't seem fair.  I fully support the need for nut-free environments, because I understand the consequences of that type of allergy.  My husband has a severe food allergy himself.  But my son's illness deserves the same consideration, because the consequences of ingesting gluten are severe as well.  Besides the rash and threat of dehydration from the diarrhea, ingesting gluten means that he is unable to absorb other vitamins and nutrients, which affects his growth, his neural development, and his bone density, among other things.

We will keep him home and quiet (hopefully) for the rest of the weekend, and perhaps I'll spend some of that time preparing single serving portions to bring in to daycare next week.

Thank you for listening to me vent!


  1. My daughter is on a GFCF diet and I pack her lunch for school everyday. I know that technically the school has to provide a meal that meets her dietary restrictions, but I just feel better knowing exactly what she is eating, and how it is prepared. I hope that whatever you decide is best for your child brings you the outcome your son needs.

  2. Thank you for your comment! Your not the first person who has told me that it just works better to send the food yourself. After the weekend we've had, I think I will begin to do the same.