Clara's nose starting running yesterday and today it was worse and starting to turn thick, so I took her to the pediatrician. It's mostly in her head now although some drainage was starting. Her ears are clear and there was no sound of wetness or crackling in her chest and no wheezing. The doctor said it was mostly viral but that the thick mucus meant the possible beginnings of something bacterial. In an ordinary baby she said that she'd probably leave it alone but in the interest of being proactive she went ahead and put Clara on antibiotics (z pack). Let's hope this knocks it out, that it doesn't turn into anything worse, and that she heals quickly.
Clara had also lost five ounces since our last appointment twelve days ago. I was the most upset about this - since coming home from the hospital we've had periods of slow weight gain, but Clara has never lost weight. The pediatrician said it was common when fighting an infection because it burns a lot of calories to make white blood cells. Hopefully she will gain it back quickly once she's through fighting this.
I'm so disappointed to have been just ten days away from her first birthday and have her catch something. I keep retracing my steps, trying to figure out when I exposed her to something and how she got it. There is, of course, no way to know. But as Dr Hoyle said, it was inevitable at some point and a cold of this nature could happen at any time, even after the end of "cold and flu season." She also said she hadn't seen anything out there right now that was especially wicked in terms of respiratory stuff. Hopefully this will pass quickly and she'll be feeling better for her birthday. 'Cause in case you haven't heard, we've been planning a party.
Thanks for your prayers. Hopefully it's just a tiny bump in the road.