Sunday, January 9, 2011

A trip to the A&E...

You can always tell when a teenager is really sick - they get dressed up to the nines to go to a party in a town 50 kms away (even when you say you think they would be better off staying home with that sore throat...), head off only to drive half way there, realise they are really sick then turn around and come home again. That's what bri did last night.
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Brianna has tonsilitis - in the very blurry picture above you might just be able to see the tonsils above the tongue, not leaving much room for anything else! We ended up at the hospital at 8.30 last night. She was in absolutely unbearable pain and when I took a look down her throat (and couldn't really see any airway) I said it was straight up to the A&E for her.
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I rang first and was told that a Paramedic was on duty for Accident & Emergency cases. He would assess her then make a phone consult with a doctor. The paramedic dude was just lovely and luckily we were the only ones waiting. After being seen (and he was completely blown away by her bulging, pus oozing tonsils - sorry!) he gave her some antibiotics to take until we make an appointment with a doctor on Monday. She had a very restless night, in between snoring loudly.
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Her glands are so puffed up you can see them through her neck, each side of her adams apple, they are rock hard! Poor thing!
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So she's spent the day on the couch, eating jelly, custard, soup and icy poles interspersed with pain-killers and the antibiotics. I decided this morning that I couldn't go to the Cape Jaffa Festival and leave her so we've both had a quiet day.
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Cheers - Joolz

8 comments:

  1. The poor love, I can feel the pain just looking at those images. Nothing like a mothers love (and some really good pain killers) to get a girl through. Hope the anti-biotics kick in real soon.

    Cheers,
    Lisa x

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  2. Ouch....poor Bri...hope she is on the mend soon!

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  3. My daughter had that. In fact hers didn't reduce in size at all after the tonsillitis was better and she had to have them out. She lost 25kg while waiting the four months to have them out. (The Christmas/New Year break got in the way) They ended up bigger than golf balls and the surgeon kept them because they were the largest tonsils he had ever removed. Feed her up well!

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  4. Oh poor Brianna!! My goodness, those tonsils. Wishing her a very speedy recovery. Love, Tina xx

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  5. Ouch! Poor Brianna.

    I've been told by a doctor that I have no tonsils, actually he was wondering who did such a poor job of removing them. So I just assumed that I was born without them. I mentioned that to another doctor once, and he said that they more likely burst during a particularly bad infection, and healed up into the irregular little stubs that I'm left with. ((shudder!)) I can guess which infection that was...I thought I was going to die...but my mother didn't believe in medical doctors, so no meds for me. ((still pouting30+ years later))

    I tell this story to commend you for doing the wise thing. So glad you took Brianna, and hope she is feeling better very soon!

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  6. Oh poor Bri, she must be so miserable. It is always worrying when they are so sick no matter how old they are! and to turn back from the party!! Hope the antibiotics kick in quickly and she's feeling better soon.

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  7. Poor Brianna, hoping the antibiotics have started to work by now & she is more comfortable. Those glands certainly are on the large side.It always upsets me to see kids sick.

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  8. Awwwwww....Ouch Poor thing! Thats a bad case when her neck is that swollen.
    I feel for her as I too used to suffer badley from Tonsillitis,Ended up with them out but have never forgotten the AGONY!
    Hope the Anti's work super speed

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