Friday, August 27, 2010

Health stuff

So, I thought I'd post a quick update regarding Jack's health.

For those of you who are new to our blog..Jack has had recurring high fevers (avg 103 degrees) ever few weeks since May. The fevers last 1-3 days and are sometimes one week about and other times 3 weeks apart.

Our previous pediatrician wasn't doing too much so we switched. We had 2 specialist appointments this past week. Our local DS center is wonderful. After spending 45 minutes with the doc (that's right...45 minutes - which was wonderful!)we decided to do some labs to see what's going on with Jack. He has a fever the day they ran the labs. His immunoglobulins were normal, but his white blood cell count was incredibly elevated at 25,000. After reviewing his blood-work with Hematology/Oncology, leukemia was ruled out, but that left many other possibilities. Since Jack's fever's have no other symptoms and no one else gets sick caused the doc to think something could be going on that we don't see. So for the time being he is on a fairly strong antibiotic, omnicef, which he was on when he had Pneumonia back in Feb. The high count shows there is infection, possible bacterial, that has most likely been there for quite a while, thanks to our previous apathetic pediatrician. It also means that something else could be going on since Jack's system is fighting so hard.

So, we will re-draw blood after the round of antibiotics and see what his levels are. He will also be tested for Celiac disease and we have an appointment to see an Infectious disease doctor in September. It's been a long summer dealing with these fevers and more doctors who won't listen to us. But now, it seems we are on the right path. Thanks to those of you who have thought of us and our Jack. Developmental delays take a back seat when your baby is sick and you are reminded of more important things, like laughter, smiles and good health. Jack seems to be feeling better today, and I am glad to have my smiling, happy boy back.

Have a great weekend everyone and I promise to post some photos next week!

3 comments:

  1. Oh wow, I didn't even realize you were going through this with Jack. Poor little guy, I will be praying for him!! Sending much love your way:)

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  2. I'm so glad that you are finally getting the help you and Jack need in figuring this thing out! I'm also glad that Jack is feeling better! Good luck and keep us posted. Our prayers are with you!

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  3. Aww, poor thing. Hopefully the antibiotics are going to work wonders and he'll be feeling better in no time!

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