Sunday, January 28, 2007

That's some good medicine!

Llittle Lloyd spent a night in the local hospital last weekend, after a high fever brought on febrile seizures. He was released on Saturday morning and everything has been fine since.

When he was released, the paediatrician on call suggested that we follow up later in the week with our regular paediatrician. So, we did. Following so far?

On Tuesday, when we saw the doctor, I was explaining what had happened on Friday night. I said that when we first noticed his fever, we gave him childrens Advil, but we regretted that, because we realized that you can only give Advil every 6-8 hours, while you can give Tylenol every 4 hours. His fever came back before we could give him another dose of Advil, and that's when the seizures started.

The doctor explained that, rather than waiting until we could give him Advil again, we should have given him Tylenol 4 hours after the Advil, followed by Advil 4 hours after that, and so on. As she spoke, she was writing down what she was saying, in a chart showing when you can give each medicine.

She wrote a row with the times 12:00 - 4:00 - 8:00 - 12:00 and then she said "to show which medicine you should give him, I'll just write T and A. Okay? T and A."

I tried not to laugh. I really did. But first I grinned, then I bit my tongue to try to stop the laughter, then I giggled.

"What's so funny?"

"Nothing. Go on. I understand. T and A. Got it."

Then, on the way out, I said, OK, next time, I'll just remember to follow the T and A chart. And I managed to get out the door before I burst into laughter. When I got home, I told my wife about this exchange.

"I don't get it."

"You know - T and A! HAHAHAHAHAH!"

"I still don't get it."

When I explained it to her, she wondered whether it was appropriate for someone with the sense of humour of a 12 year-old to be taking care of small children. She may have a point, but come on! The doctor telling you to treat your kid with some T and A is funny stuff.

Isn't it?


Cari said...

Did your wife beat you over the head with an ear thermometer? LOL...

Hope little Lloyd is doing well now... my daughter has had about 7 of these in the last 2 yrs, and it's nerve-wracking stuff without a doubt... no joke though - it's handy to have acetaminophen suppositories on hand in case he seizes again - you can administer it rectally, since you can't give him anything by mouth when seizing...

Brooks said...

Hehehehehe. I would have laughed too. My 6 yr old step daughter had a febrile seizure several years ago. Hope Lloyd Jr is getting better. My daughter out grew hers, thank God!! I knew you could treat them with T&A, but I never thought about it as being that funny, until today!!

kathleenios said...

Hahaha, I think it's hilarious. There's some sort of automotive place around here called T and A as well. That might be intentional, though!

I used to have seizures when I was little too. I have no idea what they were though. It was so long ago that it seems like a dream now.

Hope Llittle Lloyd is llots better now.

Gunfighter said...

I got it right away... but, I'm a Yank, remember? I'm supposed to be warped.

I hope the wee one is all better now.

reba said...

funny that the doctor had to write down the times for you. Does she think you don't know that four hours after after midnight would be... 4 am?

Lloyd said...

That's the way she does a lot of stuff. She writes it down as she explains it. I always assume that she does it for everyone out of habit, because she has so many patients from second-language families, but maybe it is because she thinks I'm an idiot.
Maybe she's right.

Diane said...

I don't get will probaly come to me in the middle of the night, I'm slow that way.

Diane said...

ok...I got it...well thats just silly :P

Janet said...

I thought it was funny. I already new about the dosing, though, and I use it to my advantage when my neck pain gets really bad. Thank Gods for T & A.