So that was a busy weekend! We spent it in hospital with teen daughter. I’ll take you back a little bit though to fill you in.
So on Sunday 17th June she started to feel unwell but it looked very much like hay-fever so we started her on some medication. The next few days she seemed to get worse with a fever, sore throat and generally unwell so we kept an eye on her but on Wednesday her face suddenly puffed up really bad and she struggled to drink or eat so we took her to the walk in centre. They said she had tonsillitis and sent us home with antibiotics. She had them all day on Thursday but on Friday her throat inflamed so much she couldn’t even swallow liquids so we took her straight to the walk in centre again. They told us to go to the hospital because her heart rate was really fast and she had a temperature. At the hospital we had about an hours wait so I looked at the letter the GP had given us to give to the hospital and it said tonsillitis and sepsis! At this point Tom and I panicked.
Finally we were seen and we had no more waiting around because as soon as we were seen they were brilliant with her and kept us in the loop. They put a cannula in, took some bloods and put her on a drip. Her heart rate was increasing and so was her temperature so they wanted to admit her.
At around midnight Tom and I had to leave her and it was the hardest thing. Yes she is 17 and can be quite independent at home, she still is a child and was frightened.
We got there as soon as visiting hours started the next morning. When the doctors came around they concluded that she actually had glandular fever. They continued with antibiotics, a drip, steroids and regular pain relief and she did improve slightly.
On Sunday she managed a few mouthfuls of food and could swallow her medication so they sent us home. Now I’m her nurse at home (happy to be) and we have a rough few weeks of getting her back to normal.
It’s now the following Wednesday and she’s sleeping most of the day and night, is still unable to eat a lot as it still hurts but can still drink and take her medication so that’s something.
It really doesn’t matter how old they get, they can still make you sick with worry.
Anyone have any tips for easing her discomfort and helping her recover?