Sunday, September 28, 2008

The mystery rash and a HUGE computer blunder...

So, Middle Child has developed this rather funky rash...



it started around last Sunday or Monday, with a quarter-sized spot on his left wrist. He thought that it was a bug bite or something... then I noticed the marks on the left side of his neck - he told me they were scratches - which I believed until they developed papules/blisters. On Tuesday he was complaining about an itchy spot right above his pubic bone - he had scratched it raw and couldn't seem to leave it alone - so we put some Neosporin on it and covered it with gauze for 2 days. The bumps and itching just kept spreading until it has moved across the left side of his torso, and a little onto the right (really nothing much in the middle...), in his groin and on his upper legs (especially the left), down his left arm and up onto the left side of his face. They are strange little papules, possible with tiny blisters - hard to determine - that seem to be in linear-like clusters. I've talked to M, I've talked to Middle Child, I've looked online and I have no idea what is going on!! Maybe chicken pox, maybe poison ivy, maybe something else... but he has NO other signs - no fever, no inappetance, no malaise, no sore throat, etc. Just the itch and the rash.

It was extremely important to him to be allowed to go to the Drill Meet on Saturday as he made the freshman color guard (that's my baby... right rifle)


and this was going to be 1 of only 2 performances all school year - and really, up to that point, I thought that he'd just gotten into something playing in the woods around M's house on Sunday. A few doses of Benedryl and a couple of Aveeno baths had actually made him look and feel a bit better... So, we went on to Florence, SC early on Saturday morning and spent the better part of the day out in the sun at the meet.

They put on a pretty good performance, though their captain gave an incorrect call or 2 and ran them out of bounds - but they still took 3rd place, so they were all thrilled!! BUT, when we came home, and Middle Child took off his shirt... the rash had intensified and was twice as widespread and irritated as it had been that morning.

So, it's off to the doctor's tomorrow morning to find out what we're dealing with. So far, it is unresponsive to Benedryl (oral or topical), Triamcinolone cream, Aveeno baths and Neosporin - it just keeps spreading and getting worse despite what I've tried. Of course, there may be nothing to do about it - we may just have to let it run its course, but I'd like to know if it's contagious or not...

As for the other topic - the huge computer blunder... well, I was looking for something in my Pictures file - and found something that I wanted to delete - and SOMEHOW I deleted ALL of my pictures! I realized my blunder mid-delete and cancelled it, but still lost something like 2000 photos, many of which I didn't have backed up yet because I had run out of CDs. I went to the recycle bin and chose to "restore all files" but that didn't "fix" it; I don't know if there's a way to restore the system to the way it was a few days ago, but I'm going to call the computer guy who fixed First Born's laptop tomorrow morning and find out if he can do anything to recover what I've lost. I've been in a shitty mood all afternoon because of it - most of the pics were of the boys, our vacations, etc. I'm just praying that they can recover them...

Oh, yeah... M and I are moving ahead with the sale of her clinic; she forwarded the financial details to me because we have to negotiate a selling price before we meet with the accountant on Wednesday. Whew! There's a lot to this business stuff!! LOL

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