Last week was a disaster in the form of a really sore throat and a fever of 103-104 F. The intense sore throat was the first symptom, and I pretty much recognized it as strep. However, given that the news is all about how the flu is taking over British Columbia, I decided to give my throat some time to manifest into a runny nose and more.
It never happened so I went to the doctor to get my requisite prescription for antibiotics. I'd had strep in Ireland and my doctor over there was very threatening about the antibiotics. If I didn't take the full course I would end up with rheumatic fever, scarlet fever, pneumonia and more! I didn't take the full course as my mom was visiting. She ended up getting strep, so I shared my pills with her.
Healthcare in BC is pretty well driven by best-practice research (except in really emotional circumstances like cancer, where we often over treat). Hence the pro-breastfeeding and anti-antibiotic campaigns. Regardless, I would have thought that a drop-in clinic doctor (not my family doctor) would have been pushing the drugs in the case of strep throat.
However, I was quite wrong... he did give me a prescription... but it came with all sorts advice about not using it. First of all he swabbed me to determine if it was strep. The test results would take three days. I should be over strep in three days, when he would call me with the results, but if I wasn't THEN I could take the drugs. As he put it, the risk of developing an allergic reaction to penicillin is greater than the risk of the strep causing a serious illness. (He is right about that... apparently the strains that used to cause rheumatic fever aren't really around anymore.) Furthermore, I am breastfeeding, so my baby is protected from illness. But if I take the antibiotic then she'll be taking it as well and we could both get thrush, not to mention digestive issues.
So instead I followed his prescription of gargling salt water every hour (1/2 tsp of salt to 1 cup of water). It worked! On Saturday he called to tell me I did indeed have strep, but I was much better by then and drugs were not needed.
Now, not having eaten or cooked much in the past few days means that I don't have a recipe to share. But I will post some photos. While I was sick Uliana learned how to smile (no photos... I was too sick, the photos are from the previous weekend) and Nikolai built a lego town (complete with 3 castles, 2 fire stations, a skyscraper, a park and a gas station).
Uliana's chubby cheeks.