I was just leaving work on Wednesday, headed to my car. I noticed I had a missed call on my phone, 2 minutes before… then I checked the number and realized it was the daycare.
I listened to the voicemail, and she said Audrey has a big lump on the side of her jaw by her ear and we just noticed it after her nap when we were wiping her down after snack and she cries every time we touch it and can you come and get her asap?
WHAT THE WHAT?
I was headed there anyway, but I definitely hurried and called Dan and OMG WHAT??!
When I saw her, I relaxed a little bit because she was acting totally normal and didn’t feel hot or feverish or anything. But there was a definite lump under her right ear by her jaw and it was HARD. And… kinda gross, I’m not gonna lie.
We headed to urgent care since it was after work hours (missed being able to see her pediatrician by like 20 minutes, dangit!) and Dan met us there. It was a quick visit and ultimately they said it was likely either an abscess or infected or clogged lymph or salivary glands. The only way to know for sure was to get an ultrasound, so they suggested we head to the Children’s Hospital emergency room.
Dan really wanted to come with us (love him) but we really didn’t want to have to bring Maggie along (sitting in the emergency room for hours with a toddler is bad enough, but add a tired 5 year old to that? No thanks!) My mom is awesome and was nearby at Target, so we met her in the parking lot and she took Maggie for the night, got her dinner, and brought her home for bedtime.
I’ll fast-forward to the end: it’s nothing serious. It’s a cluster of inflamed lymph glands, either because she’s fighting off an infection or they themselves became infected somehow. She had a fever of 102 at one point in the evening. Either way, the recommended treatment is antibiotics for 10 days. And of course yogurt because MAN, amoxicillin is wicked on the belly after only one dose!
All is well that ends well (assuming the medicine works and it’s all better in a few days) but I’ll tell you what. Seeing your baby with a huge lump on the side of her neck and not knowing what the heck it is? It’s kind of freaking scary. She WAS acting fine, like I said, so that made me feel better. But your mind goes to some pretty dark places pretty quickly when you’re sitting in a hospital waiting for the third doctor to come and take a look and ask the same questions and nobody is really saying anything. We have been so blessed with healthy kids (THANK YOU LORD) and my heart just stopped a few times when I let my head go too far down that scary road. I just… oof.
But. She should be fine. The only lasting effects will be her continued hatred of any person equipped with a stethoscope. And any room with an exam table in it. (My ears are still ringing from all the screaming. She is way too smart, man.)
She did like the wagon ride in the waiting room, though. And snuggles with Daddy.