As the Ronald McDonald plate eating crisis subsides, Kristine is changing Gracie’s diaper and notices large blisters on almost all of Gracie’s toes. One blister popped, leaving a relatively large flap of skin hanging off the middle toe on her left foot. I trim this skin off before finding out that’s a no-no. I did go on www.webmd.com to learn that it’s recommended to drain blisters if they’re in a painful area. So I sterilize a needle, pierce the other blisters, and drain them. Then I cleaned her feet with a saline solution, placed an OTC antibiotic ointment on her middle toe, and bandaged this toe. Had to modify a large bandage because I never seem to have the right @#$% bandages!
Because we were worried about Gracie getting an infection, and knowing that she’ll try her best to remove the bandage, we put a sock on this same foot, put on both of her strap-on sandles, and taped the sock to her leg. If you don’t take the precautions we took, good luck getting Gracie to leave her bandages alone. In a previous post I explained we have to use New-Skin liquid bandage to keep Gracie from picking at her scabs resulting from scratches, bites, etc. However, in this case we needed to use bandages.
How did Gracie get the blisters? Good question. At first I thought she did it to herself, pressing and rubbing her toes against our dining table. Gracie has worn the varnish off of parts of the dining table doing this. Kristine, having a better instinct than me about these things, called our pediatrician and learned blistering is a sign of an allergic reaction to Cefdinir (the antibiotic Gracie is taking for her swimmer’s ear). Cefdinir is the generic form of Omnicef. Later, the pediatrician requests to see Gracie. The latest diagnosis? It’s viral! I guess the cause isn’t so important as long as we take care of Gracie’s foot properly. The doctor prescribed an antibiotic cream, Mupirocin, and requested we keep her middle toe covered with a bandage.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention us repeatedly having to put her sock and shoes back on, replacing the bandages, and taking the bandages Gracie turned into chew toys out of her mouth. The fun never ends.
I don’t know how you guys do it. Does that make it worse for me to say?
Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2012 08:00:37 +0000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
LeeAnn, we do only what any good parents would do. I know that you’d do the same for your children. There’s no harm in expressing doubt in how you’d handle a situation. People sometimes underestimate their ability to deal with adversity. But it does help, knowing people admire us and others for their efforts. By the way, congrats, LeeAnn! I’m happy to hear about your good news!