My kidney education has grown by leaps and bounds since Thursday.
First let me give you a little background. Last week my seven year old son, Caleb, had a fever and flu like symptoms. I kept him home from school and he recovered. Tuesday of this week I sent a healthy and happy boy to school. He came home lethargic and started a fever. Wednesday he stayed home with a fever, but I wasn't terribly concerned. I figured he has probably picked another bug from school.
It was Thursday morning when my world began to spiral. He complained that his left side hurt, he did quite a bit of whimpering and when I pressed on his side, he screamed. Half an hour later we were at the Doctors office. Blood was drawn and the results sent us to the Emergency Room. His white blood cell count was 28, normal is 10. The inflamation was 430, normal is 3. I was told to go to the ER, do not stop. They were calling to let the ER know we were on our way!
A CT scan and chest X-ray we done. The CT scan showed two kidneys badly infected, the left twice it's normal size. I have looked at the x-rays you can see the puss. It's pretty scary looking at it from the perspective of a parent! He was immediately admitted. Here it is Sunday now and I am writing this post from my iPhone at 10:20 am. We are still here. I have slept here in the bed next to him and eating hospital food. The food is getting a little old. Caleb has a staph infection in his kidneys. The Doctors are baffled on how this happened. Quite frankly, so am I.
Tomorrow morning he will be transferred to primary Children's hospital. There he will have a pic line put in and we will have six weeksof antibiotics to be administered thru the pic. A new CT scan will be taken, so we can see how he looks.
This morning his heart started skipping beats. I'm not panicking yet. They took him off some of his medications to see if that's what caused it. So, it appears thar my journey learning about kidneys is just beginning. We will be visiting a couple of specialists after his release. An infectious disease Doctor and a kidney Doctor.
My iPhone likes to autospell for me, so I'm pretty sure there are mistakes I haven't caught. I am very grateful to the kind words I have received. I ammore grateful for the prayers that have been sent heavenward. I know that Heavenly Father loves my son.
FYI, I will pick the winner asap for the blog hop. The contest ends tomorrow and I do not know when I will be home. I appreciate your patience.