6.07.2007

Mystery Virus... Found!

The past week or so has been a bit of a roller coaster for us. Last Thursday Seth woke up with a high fever (he had already been running a low fever for 2 days) and he wasn't able to keep Tylenol or Motrin down to help with it. So we loaded up and headed for the doctor. As we drove through the parking lot, I wanted to stick my head out the window and shout... "Lady with a baby & a really sick kid!" but alas, I did not and we settled for parking spot 3 rows away from the entrance. I'm sure I looked like a complete mess to everyone who saw us... Seth was so weak & could barely walk, so I loaded him in K's stroller... Karsyn went in the sling, and away we went. Oh, did I mention that this is about the time that it started raining. By the time we got in and they started checking him out he was up to 104.8 degrees. Lethargic does not even begin to describe his behavior when the doctor was in the room. When she began talking to me, Seth rolled over on the examining table... he was having trouble breathing and was mumbling through what appeared to be a fitful sleep. The Dr. was concerned about his fever and many other symptoms he was showing (abdominal pain, cracked peeling lips, reddish eyes, weakness & so on). She was concerned he might have an appendicitis or Kawasaki's disease. We were transferred to the children's hospital for what turned out to be days of blood tests, cultures, IV fluids, EKG, Eco Cardiograms, roller coasters temperatures, multiple doctors, but no answers. Test after test came back negative. :O( Seth's fever continued to spike during the night & they would not let us go home until he was fever free for 24 hours. Finally that day came & we were sent home with no fever but with follow-up visits with different doctors to set. We saw Seth's Infectious Disease Dr. Tuesday & she was pleased with how Seth was recovering, although she did not like not having an answer. She reviewed Seth's lab results with me. All negative, except for one that was pending. She said that, unfortunately, we my never know what it was that caused Seth to be so sick & she was sorry. We continued to see Seth's pediatrician, who I knew would not have answers, but just wanted to follow-up. We made an appointment to see the Pediatric Cardiologist later this month, and for the most part, life was continuing to go on and I was fine with that. Then today while we were visiting little cousin Tess & delivering her birthday gift (we were all at the hospital the day of her party - so sorry Tessy Girl), the ID doc called and said that the final test came back POSITIVE! Finally an answer! Life now can continue on without the mystery virus haunting us. I do want to thank all of you awesome prayer warriors out there who continually lifted Seth up to our Father. His healing hand brought us home!

4 comments:

Maddie and Kenzie's mom said...

That sounds so scary...I am glad he is feeling better. There is nothing worse than not knowing!

Kim said...

I am so glad that you have answers and that Seth is doing better. He seems like he is all healed. Great seeing you today!

Christy said...

We are so happy for Seth and the whole family that he is feeling better! God answered all of our many prayers!

Sarah said...

I am so glad you found out and that he is doing better.