Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The Story Continues ......

So last Monday night after starting Joseph on his new round of antibiotics we ended up in the emergency room. An hour after he had taken his medicine his eyelids on top and bottom began to swell and we were worried that it would move to his throat. We were lucky when we arrived at the hospital because they were able to get us in immediately.

The Dr. took one look at him and confirmed our original diagnosis of an allergic reaction to the amoxicillin and that the swelling in his eyes, hands, and feet were just part of the reaction running it's course and not the new antibiotics (whew). So she prescibed some more Prednisolone for the swelling and told us to come back if it didn't help. ( Yeah right Joseph was already fed up with Dr.'s there was no way he was coming back.)

So a few days passed and our little man was starting to act like himself again and Ben and I were thinking we were in the clear boy were we WRONG! Thursday evening Joseph refused to move his left arm and the slightest touch would send him into hysterics for hours, so we packed him back into the car and were headed back to the emergency room when we decided to call our personal nurse and ask her advice( Thanks for the help Mom.) She suggested we alternate Tylenol and Motrin and that should help.

He has been having joint pain all over the last few days and the Tylenol and Motrin were helping some until last night. The joint pain moved into his legs and hips, he was miserable and we were up all night long. So this morning we went back to the Dr. needless to say Joseph was less then thrilled with this decision.

The Dr. was worried that he may have what they call Kawasaki Disease where his platelet count is elevated and may affect his heart. His results came back and his platelet count is higher then it was last week but not high enough to where it could be the Kawasaki Disease. So she thinks it may be something called Serum sickness and in that case his joint pain could last another 2 weeks, she prescibed some more Prednisolone and wants to hear from us tomorrow. If he isn't improving she is going to send us to a specialist.

We sure hope that our little man gets to feeling better soon, as his wimp of a mom can't bear to put him through any more tests and watch him suffer. Ben has been wonderful to just sit and hold him for hours and pull these all nighters with me.

10 comments:

Heidi Weaver said...

Oh my goodness! I don't even know what to say. I can't imagine how you and Ben must be feeling. And poor Joseph. He is too little and sweet to have to go through this. Let me know if there is anything I can do. You are all in my prayers. Love you.

Sarah LaBoa said...

I'm so sorry to hear about all of Jospeh's struggles. You guys are our prayers!

One Thousand Otonos said...

Oh no, I am so sorry to hear this. I will call again soon. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. Do you want to do a family fast or anything? Happy to help coordinate whatever you may want to do for your Joseph.

I love you guys so much.

Love,
Autumn

Jim said...

I'm so sorry for you and for your sweet little son. I'd hoped he'd be all better by now. I'm still praying that he will be soon. I wish I could help you more. Call me if you want. I can't offer practical help like my little sister, but I can listen with the best of them.

Uncle Jim

James and Aimee said...

Oh, I'm so sorry! I wish I could bring dinner over tonight. Or do something, anything, that would be of some help. We'll keep you all in our prayers. Lots of love to you.

Honey said...

Oh man! I am so sorry. Can I help with anything??

Meri said...
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MerileeAshton said...

Dang...I posted and I ended up deleting it! LOL, duh!

Anyway, *HUGS* for you! I didn't comment on your previous post but thought the picture looked just like hives/allergic reaction. Josh had almost the exact looking rash when we found out he was allergic to Cefzil (antibiotic). I sure hope everything gets sorted out soon, we'll be praying for you guys.

And I'm really glad it isn't Kawasaki Syndrome, saw them talking about that on the news and sounds like one not to want! Hang in there hon. :)

Hilary and Evan Biddulph said...

I am sorry you guys are having such a rough time! You guys are in my prayers!

Jess Berg said...

Are things going any better with little Joseph yet? And you?