Brandon's doctor didn't seem to think it was anything to freak out about. Jen went home with a script for some antibiotics, and was told to look for improvement in five days.
I'm not convinced. It seems awfully suspicious to me that he spent the weekend with his grandparents last weekend, his grandfather was admitted to the hospital via ER on Monday with MRSA, and all of a sudden, a couple days later, Brandon developed a skin infection that has worsened dramatically over the past few days. The MRSA was originally on his grandfather's stomach, which is face-height for Brandon, and his grandfather is a very kind, affectionate man, meaning lots of hugs - hugs where Brandon's face would have been pressed near his grandfather's stomach. Brandon catches EVERYTHING. His mom and I have talked several times about the possibility that, along with the rest of his delays, his immune system could have some kind of immaturity as well.
Obviously, I'm not a doctor, but I know that doctors are rushed, and can either misdiagnose or not take something seriously enough. My practically-medical degree from Discovery Health Channel tells me that things get missed all the time. Maybe I'm paranoid. After losing my other nephew, maybe I'm more than a little overcautious. But, it seems awfully coincidental to me that the boy just happens to have some kind of skin infection days after staying with someone who has, oh, I dunno, a life threatening skin infection. :(
Patrick is supposed to go and stay there with them next weekend, and now I'm not sure that will be a good idea. Even if it clears up some after a few days, I'm still not sure I want Patrick going down there and staying when there's even a chance of him catching anything like that, because if Brandon has it, chances are that his sister may come down with it, and is incubating it at this very moment, waiting to break out in spots just as Patrick walks through the door. The very thought of him going there makes me feel scared.
I'm probably wrong, it's probably nothing, and I probably should put it all out of my head. But I probably won't until I hear that it's entirely gone, and no one else has developed anything.
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