Okay, okay, it isn't evil, but it sure did give me quite the scare today!
Our 4 year old, Gabriel, has been sick for a week now. High fevers, pain in his neck, and diarrhea.
Well, we went to the hospital on the 1st, because the pain in his neck had become so severe he screamed whenever he moved his head or anyone touched his head. He also walked around with his hands on his neck guarding it. This scared me because severe neck pain is a sign of Meningitis. Well, the doctor said, no, it wasn't Meningitis, that Gabriel had a gastrointestinal virus that cause myalgia (muscle pain) in his neck and that it is pretty common.
Well, he didn't seem to get better by Wednesday and we took him again, and they said we just had to wait it out. He basically hadn't eaten a thing for 4 days! But, we waited.
Fast forward to today. Gabriel has been having diarrhea for 7 days now. His bottom is as red as red can be and awfully tender, despite the Boudreaux's Butt Paste being applied at each diaper change. Well, Gabriel came down SCREAMING that he needed to go potty (he HATES the potty, and isn't potty trained yet although we have been trying for over a year and a half). He goes into the bathroom, takes off his diaper (which he had already soiled), and then comes out screaming. My husband tries to clean him up, but he is screaming cause it hurts. So he brings him into me so I can comfort him while he cleans him up.
While my husband is wiping I notice that everything that is coming off his bottom is turning the wipes red or pink. I ask Raymond where the diaper is and he gets it. All that was in the diaper was red mucousy stuff, and it looked like blood.
We rush off to the hospital. Even though I didn't KNOW it was blood, it looked too much like blood to take the chance (in my mind at least).
Well, to make this long story shorter, not blood. The red was thanks to the kool-aid Gabriel had drank this morning (trying to keep him hydrated), and the mucous was just because he has been sick for so long. Doctor's recommendations....clear liquid diet and wait it out. :( I wonder how long before my poor little guy will feel better.