...so I called James to determine if I was freaking out or behaving rationally. Without even seeing Noble, he could tell it was serious and agreed that we should go on to St. Joseph's, the new express care clinic in town. (We'd heard great things about them from a friend, and I really wanted a doctor's opinion about my Bubby.)
I'm glad we went. The pictures don't really capture the severity of the rash, but in the top one you can see how dark his legs are. The bottom picture is after the first dose of Benadryl, when things started clearing up immediately. He's completely clear now (and sleeping well and safely!), but the doctor says it will most likely come back in a few hours. If it doesn't go away by tomorrow, he'll start Prednasone (sp?), so I hope it doesn't go that far.
Why am I posting such a random thing? It's hard as a Mom to know when we're overreacting (man, did I want to lay into the clinic nurse who helpfully suggested I take my baby to the ER if, you know, he started having trouble breathing) and when we're looking out for our children. I don't have any answers after seeing the doctor today, but I have fewer questions and I learned a lot. We left with the peace of mind that it wasn't moving into his throat and an invitation to call tomorrow if things don't improve. I have to say, I love the local Clinic and our great doctors there, but I'm glad to have this Express Care in town. Since, you know, I'm obviously now That Mom. :)