They (being the medical community) really shouldn’t give two very different diseases/conditions similar names. Really, it just causes panic and confusion.
MLE (My Little Extrovert = my youngest son) was all smiles and grinning last night as I lay in bed half-dead to the world from some temporary illness that rendered me incapable of doing anything but playing Unreal Tournament 2004 Online and reading my spy novels (it was a very odd and selective illness that I had). But, the minute we put him to bed, he started crying and such. This went on until about 11:45, after which he quieted down and slept the rest of the night.
This morning, he wasn’t his usually happy self upon waking and when CareerMom tried to leave him at daycare, he just fell apart. Knowing this wasn’t normal and suspecting he had a bit of a fever, she took him to the doctor where they proceeded to diagnose a fever, a bad ear infection and an ulcer that, “…you should keep an eye on in case he is getting Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.”
I’m pretty ignorant regarding most of these conditions, so parlay that into a Google search term for the chronically lazy typer, and here’s what you get: “foot mouth disease”
Holy Crap! My kid’s gonna die!
But wait…it says, “not to be confused with hand, foot and mouth disease…”
A huge effin difference people of the medical community who name diseases! Gimme a friggin heart attack why dontcha?
So, worst case scenario, he gets a bunch of little bumps on his hands, mouth and feet and we have to keep him home from daycare for a while. I mean, not the best scenario I could imagine, but certainly better than the alternative. I’m just sayin’, couldn’t they just call the bad one “livestock disease #453”? Then, there would no confusing it with a common infant malady at all.