Friday, May 2, 2014

05.02.2014 -- A Little Lower

Two things:

Miss Swan is like a three year-old.

Lowered Expectations is a principle that can be applied across many disciplines. Dating AND blogging, for example!

With that in mind, here is today's blog entry...

Gabe has been having pretty heavy seasonal allergies recently. The last few weeks. This has left his eyes red and his nose runny most of the time. Last night, Brian noticed that his eyes (one eye especially) were worse. One was swelling up, and Gabe was rubbing it like he had no choice.

After running to the store to get some Benedryl for what we both thought was allergies that had run amok, and giving Gabe 1/4th of a tablet, I looked at his eye again and recognized a swelling that I've had before. Cellulitis.  I know that there are more accurate words to describe his condition, but I'm not going to worry about it right now (Lowered, see? This has to go both ways, Dear Readers).

Plans for the evening went out the window in favor of getting Gabe to the doctor. The doctor prescribed eye drops for pink eye, and an oral antibiotic for the cellulitis. The prescription was supposed to be called into our pharmacy, but didn't show up in the pharmacists computer when we finally made our way to the front of the line in the drive-up window.

It was the most eventful wait in a drive through that I've ever had! Brian heard a customer yelling at the pharmacist from her car.  She had been there for quite a while. He got out because he could hear her trying to start the car.  He and another guy pushed the dead minivan out of the line then got our jumper cables and helped her jump start her vehicle. It must have been a rough day for her.

Speaking of antibiotics and prescriptions...  I heard on the radio the other day how differently nations deal with antibiotics.  Apparently, France uses a lot of them, Sweden, not so many, and in China...  In China, apparently, antibiotics are available over the counter and are used a LOT. What does this mean? Apparently, friends, we are headed for a post-antibiotic era.

I put a lot of links in the above paragraph in case you are interested in learning more about antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance. Here's another one.


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