We saw the pediatrician today and are trying to decide what to do next to prevent a relapse. Today was his last day of antibiotic. She was going to call to get Adam's test results back from the hospital but seems to think that strep is to blame. She even wrote P.A.N.D.A.S. on his check-out paperwork and had the rest of us go get swabbed for strep to see if we are carriers.(The quick swabs were negative, but they did a culture that should come back in a few days.) Even the children diagnosed with P.A.N.D.A.S. that respond well to antibiotics can expect a 5-6 week episode that gradually dies out. The P.A.N.D.A.S. Network website reports that "'low level anxiety and OCD/TIC issues may remain permanently or fade away after several weeks or months." If they are exposed to strep again, they are at risk for developing a more severe reaction. It is very important to protect a child with P.A.N.D.A.S. from strep during their first year of healing from a flare-up, so some children remain on antibiotics long-term.
The pediatrician texted me earlier tonight to get my email, so I will let you know what she thinks we should do when I hear from her.
We recently had the pleasure of having six extra people in our home for four days. This is my favorite friend in all the world.
|Good photography, Addy!|
Here are some other pics from this weekend.
Levi reading our picture Bible...
Kisses from his sweetheart, Chelsea, at the youth rally
This next picture is one of my favorites. Levi was squirming around and was about to slide out of Addy's hands. So funny that her expression was captured.
Wes is feeling bad. He actually got swabbed for the flu today when they swabbed for strep. Adam went to bed with a cough and a fever. Levi started having a runny nose yesterday, and my throat hurts. Lovely.
My mom had a thirty-one party recently and got me a skirt purse. It took me awhile to decide what to get embroidered on it, but I think this should do the trick...
Have a great rest of the week! I'll touch base again soon.