Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Our Weekend Drama

It all started on Friday night. My Mom had Dylan for the day. I got out early and was heading home w/my sister when Mom called. Dylan felt warm and could bring a thermometer with me to check his temp. No problem, I figured she should have one in the house anyway so I bought a thermometer and headed over. Well, Bubbie was right... 103.8 temp. Gave him some tylenol and headed home. I called his doctor's office who got us in on Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m. The doctor checked him out - his ears were clear, boogies in the nose - little congestion in the chest. Doc says it's a cold w/fever and to just give him tylenol and/or motrin and he'll be fine. Well, since Dylan seemed to be feeling better, we stopped for breakfast and then went over to the park and let Dylan play on the swings. Marc took him down the slide. We stopped off to say hi to a friend who hadn't met Dylan and then took him home. Around 5:30 or so, Marc was playing in the living room with Dylan. Dylan was just laughing and having a good old time. All of a sudden he starts to wail. I told Marc that wasn't a normal cry and took his temp. It was 104.something. I called the pediatrician's office and they said a nurse would call us back. Marc said he didn't want to wait - he wanted to go to the ER. We grabbed our stuff and ran to the car. I jumped in the back w/Dylan and we started going before he was even fully in the car seat. Luckily we live off a major highway and it took no time to get him to the children's hospital. On the way there, Dylan's eyes were doing some strange tick thing and he wasn't focusing on anything. His neck was twisted and he just started straight up. I was (somewhat) ok until we got to the ER. I lost it. I ran into Emergency and broke down in tears. They took us straight back and the nurse asked how she could help us and I held out Dylan and said "fix him!". She took him temp and it was 105.5. They immediately took us into an exam room and the doctor's came right away. He was burning up in my arms. His neck was very stiff and all I could think was meningitis. They did a spinal tap on him. This time went a lot faster (and better) than the last time. While they were doing it - a nurse walked past the table and it brushed the curtain out of the way. Dylan was just staring at me crying. It shattered my heart. They pulled the curtain closed again and I just wanted to die. I wanted to change places with him. The doctor came out of the exam room w/the spinal fluid and held it up for Marc and I to see. He said that the fluid is perfectly clear which is a very good sign. They took blood, snot and put an IV in his hand and got us a room. This experience was much different from the last time we were there. Last time Dylan was in ICU so he had a private room - this time he had a roommate. Beautiful little 2 year old boy with a very inconsiderate Mom. She had visitors till after 10 and it got to the point where I had to ask the nurse to see about moving us. Luckily she just kicked out the visitors instead. Well, yesterday they discharged us with a diagnosis of Adenovirus - basically a cold that has really high fevers. He got up this a.m. and had no fever (Thank Gd!) Oh, did I mention throughout this I also had in the back of my mind that my period was 3 days late. Got it yesterday after I sent Marc to the store for an EPT. Nothing brings on a period like spending good money on a pregnancy test. I'm so tired.

20 comments:

  1. So glad everything's okay! That Dylan is such a cutie. Hope you can get some rest soon.

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  2. Egad! I got chills reading that, I was so worried. There is nothing that can make a parent feel more helpless than their baby who can't tell them something is wrong.

    Did the doc say that Dylan will be more susceptible to this virus than other babies?

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  3. Wow, what an emotional roller coaster. I'm so glad to hear he's okay.

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  4. No – quite frankly – it’s just a form of the common cold. All kids may get it – it just that this particular virus has some nasty fevers associated with it.

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  5. Wow, so glad everything turned out okay. I think *I* need a glass of wine after that story...can't imagine what you went through!

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  6. Glad to hear the little guy is OK. He got this sickness during Passover - he added a new plague! :-)

    How about updating your pic with one with Dylan! Have not seen a pic in awhile.

    JB

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  7. First of all..You are a Rock!!! You are so strong!! Im so glad the lil' man is feeling better but I cant imagine how scary it must have been. ((hugs))

    I got HUGE goosebumps when my eyes caught a glimse of late period.

    Damn!!

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  8. So sorry Dylan was sick and that you had such a scare.

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  9. Seems like you have had your share of scares with illnesses. Gee whiz. Hopefully it will be smooth sailing from here on out, at least until Dylan is old enough to tell you what's wrong (and even then just little colds). All the best.

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  10. What a scare! You are so, so brave! My thoughts are with you. Poor little guy; your entry brought tears to my eyes. Hang in there!

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  11. I am glad your little man is ok. I think some kids are prone to high fevers when they are ill. My son is almost never sick, but when he is he spikes high and fast.

    You are correct, nothing brings on a period faster than buying a good old EPT.

    Lori

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  12. Julie,

    What a harrowing tale! I'm so glad the ending is good. And thanks for the smile about the pregnancy test!

    Sending you good thoughts as always as I wait to experience the joys of motherhood myself. (smile)

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  13. So sorry to hear this. I hope Dylan is feeling better really soon.

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  14. Oh holey Cheesus, Julie! I'm so sorry you guys went thru that, and poor Dylan! Thank goodness he's doing better, and I hope he has no more fever.

    Carter had adenovirus right after birth, I'm glad I didn't know too many details, or I would have been out of my mind! Though I don't think he had the high fever...

    Hey, Dylan: No more illnesses now, okay? Your mama and daddy need a break!

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  15. Hugs Julie! I am glad Dylan is doing okay. I hope he/you/Marc are feeling better.

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  16. How scary. I'm glad your little guy is okay.

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  17. WOW! I'm so glad Dylan is okay. You have really had some serious scares w/ your little guy. I hope all three of you can get some rest.

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  18. Aussie Jenn9:01 PM

    Oh my gosh, what a scary situation. I don't know how I'd handle it with my little boy! You did well getting him to the ER straight away I reckon, even if it was "only a cold with high fevers" it still sounds like he needed a bit of hospital help. I can only imagine how you felt sitting outside the curtain, and catching a glimpse of his sad face. I'm so glad that he is okay. Hang in there mom, you are doing a marvelous job!

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  19. Wow... scary... so glad to hear all is well with your sweet-pea... pheww!

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  20. oh julie. this sounds harrowing. that you even have to speak of spinal taps in "this time" "last time". oy. the pregnancy test conundrum. just like the home owners insurance. you never find what's missing until you call and make the claim. glad you're all better.

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