About 5 years ago, CJ had put a toothpick in his pocket and it somehow jabbed into his leg. He didn't bother telling us about it until several days later when it had become quite infected.
DH took him to the doctor, who upon closer examination, discovered a chunk of the toothpick still lodged in his leg.
The doctor removed the piece of toothpick and then used a special syringe with a large cup on the end to clean out his injury by flushing it with water and then put a band-aid on it and sent him home.
On their way home from the doctor, they stopped and picked up the antibiotic prescribed by the doctor.
As soon as they got home, CJ took his first dose of antibiotic, then went to his room.
A while later CJ came into the kitchen where I was fixing dinner.
He didn't look quite right. His face looked somewhat flushed, and upon closer examination, he had some sort of a rash on his cheek.
I didn't think much of it, and CJ got a snack then went back to his room.
A while later when we sat down to dinner, I looked at CJ again. Not only was the rash worse, but it had spread to the other side of his face, and there was a spot on his forehead and on his chin.
Since this rash had appeared and spread so quickly, we just assumed that it was caused by the antibiotic. We kept asking CJ if he was feeling OK, if he was having any trouble breathing or any other common symptoms of an allergic reaction to an antibiotic.
He just kept telling us that he felt fine. and other than the rash, he looked and acted just fine.
I then asked him if he had this rash anywhere else. He lifted up his shirt, and the rash was all over his stomach.
Now at this point I was way past concerned and bordering on panic. I was about to call the doctor, but asked CJ one more time if he had this rash anywhere else because I knew that the doctor would want to know this.
He slid up the leg of his shorts to show me the rash that was on his leg.
The rash had covered his leg. Big blotchy patches of red.
Then I noticed something peculiar about the rash. Around each blotch of red rash was a perfect red circle.
A circle the exact size of the cup on the end of the syringe.
Which he had just taken out of his pocket.
Yes, while I was freaking out, ready to take my son to the hospital for an allergic reaction to an antibiotic.................
My son was giving himself hickies on his face, tummy and legs with a syringe.