So a few weeks ago, LO complained about soreness in her thumb. I didn't think much of it the first time she mentioned it, but when she told me again a day or so later, I took a closer look. This is what I found:
|June 20, 2012|
Gross, right? It looked almost like a burn or something. I asked her how it happened, if she hurt it somehow and she said she didn't know what happened.
For the past 2 weeks, we've just cleaned it out with peroxide, treated it with Neosporin and slapped a band-aid on it.
Fast-forward to yesterday. OMG. I asked to look at her thumb and totally gagged when I saw it. And of course I immediately felt awful that it looked so bad. Eeeew:
|July 5, 2012|
I asked her if it hurt at all and she (surprisingly) said no, so that made me feel a little bit better. I called her pediatrician and made an appointment for that afternoon.
Ugh. The doctor diagnosed her with paronychia, which sounds really bad but it is essentially a skin infection that occurs around the nails. She put her on a hefty antibiotic for 10 days, which should help to decrease the swelling and redness, as well as eliminate any kind of "oozing" from the nail. The doctor also mentioned: SHE WILL PROBABLY LOSE HER FINGERNAIL. I gasped like a crazy person who was just told her daughter will lose her THUMB. I just figured you only get one, and if it's gone, it's gone!! But alas, the doctor calmed my fears by telling me it WOULD grow back. But OMG! I can't believe I waited until my daughter got into the "she-might-lose-her-nuggin'-fingernail" phase of an illness/infection before mommy finally did something about it. I'm so mad at myself!!!!!
I know all of this is temporary, and she's not in pain so that helps, but still. What kind of mommy am I??
My poor, sweet LO.