So it turns out Amy can't take penicillin syrup.
The post dose hurling gave it away.
I was completely freaked when she parked a quiche in the gutter outside the pharmacy and there was blood in it. If I wasn't the only grown up steering the ship I would probably have totally lost it right there but when a very sick kid is relying on you to keep it together you don't have much choice.
But despite everyone's pessimism, she's managed to swallow capsules and at last her temp is dropping and it is possible to imagine that one day soon she may be well again and we might pass more than 24 hours at a go without relying on medical intervention.
By contrast Wil is pretty much back to normal and thank the stars my in laws could take him off my hands today so he could run and play without taking me away from Amy.
We miss D who is off doing hard work with serious students and no doubt feeling like he misses us too (though I am sure he's thinking a night without crying and spewing is very welcome).
And for all those people who commented on the last couple of posts, none of which got a reply from me for obvious reasons, thanks.
Scarlet fever is indeed not a thing of the past, though since the advent of antibiotics (specifically penicillin) it is no longer the possible death sentence it was for our grandmothers. It is a complication of step throat. Not everyone is vulnerable, but it is a serious condition and best treated while it is still a localised thing. It is contagious (Amy most likely got it from a friend at school and then Wil got it from Amy) and if untreated can do you a lot of damage.
So if you have strep throat get it treated and don't go sharing germs. And if you are prescribed antibiotics, take 'em all just like they tell you to. And hope to god we never have to live through a time when there is no effective treatment.
And in the middle of all this a special mention goes to my local sewing machine service dude who came and picked up my machine off the front porch yesterday and then returned it today in tip top shape and never even charged me a delivery fee.
A wee bright spot in an otherwise smeared in shit week.