The past two weeks poor Cole has had a couple of "spots" on his face.
I determined that is was quite possibly a mild case of chicken pox.
Mild meaning he had three "spots" on his face.
Cole's preschool teacher confirmed it.
He continued to go to school as the places were drying in and there was no fever.
Two of the "spots" went away.
The "spot" on his cheek kept getting bigger.
A growing pox? Hmmmm.
When I picked Cole up yesterday from school, he had three new spots.
Tiny, but "spots".
I drove straight to the doctors office to get to the bottom of it.
She would not confirm that he had at any point had chicken pox.
She said it was possible.
But the spot on his cheek was infected.
She gave me a prescription for an antibiotic and topical ointment and sent me on my way.
I was relieved to know these "spots" would soon be gone.
Later that evening as we sat waiting for Claire's dance class to dismiss, I noticed Cole felt warm.
By the time we arrived home he was shivering and holding his chest saying he hurt.
When I asked exactly where he hurt he pointed to the area of his heart.
At that point my heart started racing.
He was better by bed time, but still had fever.
About 2:30am Cole woke up in agonizing pain.
He kept holding his chest and crying.
He could not get comfortable.
A thousand possible case scenarios raced through my head.
I knew one of them was not going to be my four-year-old having a heart attack in my family room.
Chad dressed and whisked him away to the emergency room.
He was gone a few hours.
I was a wreck.
I paced the floor and cried not knowing what was wrong with my baby.
That and I caught up on the days laundry and dishes.
Finally he returned home to me.
He was smiling and excited to show me his hospital bracelet and stickers.
I asked what his diagnosis was.
Chad said that they confirmed the skin infection.
They said to continue the antibiotic.
And to give him Tylenol for the fever.
And the chest pains and trembling?
The chest x-rays showed excessive air.
My child had gas!
I said a prayer of thanks for air and gas.
Never have I been so grateful for either.