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What Happened? The Acetaminophen Mystery The Diagnosis

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Lisa: I feel so bad that Andy ended up in the emergency room when you trusted me to take care of him.

Kim: You know how I hate going on a business trip when he's sick. I thought he had just a little fever. I am so glad he was with you, Sis, instead of just some babysitter.

Lisa: Andy seemed to get worse and worse. He had a fever, so I gave him the medicine you left for him. Then he got an upset stomach. He was nauseated. Then, the poor kid, he really started vomiting. It just seemed like more than the flu to me.

Kim: I would have thought the same thing, Lisa.

Lisa: I really tried to be careful with the medicine you gave me for him. When the children's acetaminophen ran out, I switched to my infant's liquid-suspension acetaminophen. I gave him one teaspoon every four hours like clockwork. He had a total of four doses of infant's formula. I've got both bottles right here. They look like the same medicine, and they haven't expired or anything.

Kim: That's exactly what I would have done. And I don't see how my being here would have changed anything about how sick he is.

Lisa: Maybe because my medicine was for infants, it wasn't strong enough. Andy is getting to be a big boy now.

Kim: Well, the important thing is that he's in the hospital where they can figure out what's going on. Oh, I hate sitting here and waiting. I hope they tell us something soon.

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