Wednesday, August 19, 2009

ER visit again

Seamus had a fever of 100-103 degrees from Wednesday until Sunday. He also was having major GI problems. After two weeks of uncontrollable diarrhea, he was constipated and in much pain. He started complaining about food being stuck in his throat and gagging and vomiting when he ate. On Saturday, we went into the pediatrician who declared he had no respitory issues but took a white blood cell count because of the fevers. He had a count to 20,000 which is extrememly high. So off to the ER we went.

They did the regular battery of tests, x-rays, etc. They couldn't find anything that would cause the fever and sent us home.

Since then, he's finished a round of the antibiotics he was put on for the intestinal bacterial overgrowth and his world is getting back to normal. I'm not a doctor but my diagnosis is the antibiotics caused all kinds of upset in his GI tract, which is a common side effect. This in turn caused his eosiniphilic esophagitis to kick into high gear causing the gagging and vomiting. Eosiniphils are white blood cells so it makes sense his count would go through the roof and increased white blood cells cause fever.

He is still vomiting occasionally but I think his EE is finally starting to calm down and his pooping is getting back to "normal", or at least his normal. It's a good thing because we are planning on going away this weekend to celebrate James' birthday and usually our travel plans are thwarted by some medical emergency.

Seamus is getting back to his feisty three old self. On the one hand, that's great, but they're not kidding that now the terrible twos have become the terrible threes. I guess I can't complain too much, at least he's not sick anymore.

6 comments:

Tooter's Mommy (Courtney) said...

I'm so glad he's getting better!!

Rebecca said...

Sending Seamus lots of hugs! Glad to hear that he's improving, and I really hope CF doesn't interfere in your upcoming plans!

As for terrible threes, Seren had far worse terrible threes than terrible twos! But now she's seven, things are much calmer, generally!

Take care,

Becky xxx

meghan.scheib said...

Hey Jules,

This comment doesn't really pertain to your post, but I thought you and your readers might be interested in this post one of the teachers I work with passed on to me. It covers medical bracelets and trinkets that are made for kids: http://teachinglearnerswithmultipleneeds.blogspot.com/2009/08/back-to-school-safety-issues-medical-id.html.

Katey said...

I'm so glad he's feeling better!! I recently came across your blog through another!!! I look forward to keeping in touch!

Mira said...

Relieved to hear things have improved. Wishing you all well.

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