We have had quite a rollercoaster ride since we’ve been home from our trip. It has been full of fun, time together, and…illness. All through our trip in Mexico I noticed Brian wasn’t eating much. Since we were staying at an all-inclusive place, I was quite surprised. My man usually has quite a stomach for yummy food. This resort we were at had a bunch of different restaraunts to eat at, a couple of buffets, a snack bar that was open 24 hours with enough burgers, fries, and ice cream to last you a lifetime, and still, he wasn’t really eating much. We attributed it to the sun after a while…while the countless number of times I was eating through out the day was attributed to, yes, you got it, the baby! Still, there were a few times that I asked him if he was trying to lose weight on the trip. He looked at me like I was nuts. Regardless, I was confused. Other than that, we didn’t notice anything else. We didn’t have a ton of energy through out the day because we didn’t need it. We were lying on the beach in the sun, who needs a lot of energy?
I was even more confused once we were home and he was still not eating – and now he was going to bed right after Logan did (around 7:30 p.m.). He went in for some bloodwork and his hemoglobin counts were off but that was about it. He was lightheaded, had no appetite, no energy, and terrible night sweats. Those were his symptoms. They sent his bloodwork to Abbot and the tests came back inconclusive. After his second trip to the DR, they did a mono test…it was positive. We have both had mono before and he had all of the symptoms. He has 2 strains of it: Epstein-Barr and Cytomegalovirus. Poor guy! He is finally starting to feel a little bit better and even was hungry yesterday, which is an encouraging change to see. His energy level is a bit higher everyday and we just have to let his body rest up as much as possible and recuperate.
This morning Logan let me sleep in until about 8:20 a.m. I jumped out of bed because I was so shocked I hadn’t yet heard from him. When I went into his room he was awake but not doing much. Just kind of laying there and moaning. He had a temp of about 102.2 this morning. I gave him some tylenol but noticed he was pretty shaky and couldn’t get his footing while trying to walk. So we cuddled for a while and I tried to give him some breakfast. Logan is a cuddler in terms of hugging – he LOVES to give hugs and kisses, which I soak up as much as I can. But as far as rocking him to sleep or him falling asleep in my arms…rarely happens. So after breakfast I noticed him just crying and moaning, he was pretty miserable. I brought him into his room and turned on some music. I laid him on my chest and we just kind of rocked gently. Before I knew it, he turned his head to look up at me and those huge blue eyes were staring into my face. Then they started to drift and he fell asleep. Right about then the baby starting kicking and I had one of the greatest moments ever as a mom. Here was my little bud, not feeling well and completely dependent on me to make him feel better, and my new little baby growing inside of me kicking his or her brother as if to say, “hi! feel better!” It was absolutely adorable and I rocked him them for about 20 minutes before finally laying Logan down in his crib. I loved every second of it!
When Logan woke up 3 hours later, he was burning up – his temp had increased to 104.5 and I called the DR immediately. He was shaking and miserable. The DR told me to bring him to the ER if his temp went above 105 (which felt so high to me!) and administer tylenol and recheck his temp. I gave him Tylenol and within 1/2 hour his temp was down to 103.5. We have an appointment scheduled for tonight if his fever doesn’t continue to get better. He really doesn’t have any other symptoms, which seems strange to me. He laid on my chest all day and this is what he looked like:
I started that blog yesterday afternoon when my son was sick but not horribly sick. I am finishing it with a 6 hour trip to the ER as Logan’s fever increased to 105.1 and we took him to the ER (per the nurse at our ped’s office). We spent 2 1/2 hours waiting to be seen but they had given him some IB to decrease his temperature. It was around 102.5 while we were in the waiting room. He was pretty ‘loopy’ it seemed as he was walking around the play area saying, “Mommy…Daddy….Malmo (elmo)” over and over again. It was hard for B and I not to laugh as we watched him. We were just glad he was actually talking.
His fever then spiked again and this continued on the rest of the time we were there. They ran a bunch of tests, tried to draw his blood and failed until the 3rd try when this amazing nurse was able to get a vile from his tiny little vein. The worst part about that was that they swaddled him like a newborn so only his arm was sticking out. He was so hot from his fever and then the trauma of what he was experiencing that he was beat red and sweating while crying. It was painful for us to watch. His white blood cell count came back fine and his ears, nose, and throat looked okay. They took a chest xray for pneumonia and that was also clean (I couldn’t go b/c I’m pregnant but Bri said he did great in there). They ended up treating him like they would a blood disease, as apparently children can get really high fevers when there is something running in their blood that shouldn’t be there. Giving him a shot in his thigh would eliminate any chance of that continuing. There was no other known cause or ‘source’ from where his high temps were coming from so they were being cautious, I think. We were then instructed to return to our ped’s office the next day for a follow-up, making sure to administer tylenol/IB all night to monitor his high fever.
Logan had a pretty rough night (mine might have been worse :)) with a lot of moaning and periodically waking up. However, this morning when he woke up he was a bit more chipper and his temp was down to 101.3! The lowest it had been in over 24 hours – so nice to see! We went to the DR this morning and they noticed some pussing on his throat. So they determined that maybe the high fever was a symptom of strep. Since he had already had the shot doing a throat culture would essentially be going backwards. So they just gave us an antibiotic, treating his throat like strep for the next 10 days. I was relieved when his temp continued to go down and his spirits continued to rise. For anyone that knows my kid, you know that he is a social little man and loves to be around people. He loves to talk and ‘make friends’ so seeing him so down was difficult for me as his mom. He was so lethargic and clingy – praise God for healing him!
Here are a few pics from last night…
This was the worst of it – when he had a washcloth on his head he was so hot and fell asleep from exhaustion on the bed while B and I were talking…(took this with my phone)
He would still crack a little smile when the IB/tylenol was working at its peak. Shortly after this little ‘stint’ of energy, he would crash again with a high fever.
Brian and I are exhausted – emotionally and physically. But we know that the right thing was done and that Logan will just continue to get better. We are thankful for the places and people we have around us and for our families’ prayers last night. We love you Logan!