I kid you not -- Ben has scarlet fever. We found out a few days ago that one of his toddler friends (with whom he spent some quality time in the sandbox last Sunday) has it, so when Ben started breaking out in a rash yesterday, we knew what to look for on webmd.
And of course it would be Memorial Day weekend, so his pediatrician can't see him until Tuesday. I called her today and described everything, and she said that it did sound exactly like scarlet fever, but she couldn't diagnose and prescribe without seeing him. So she told us to take him to the ER. We did, and managed to spend more than three hours there altogether, but we walked away with a prescription for antibiotics. He should be good to go for daycare on Tuesday, and hopefully the various symptoms will abate over the next few days.