Day at the Hospital

Posted by danaandtammy on Monday May 11, 2009 Under Kenny's Health

It was another interesting day with Kenny and it did involve about 7 hours at the hospital. We are home now, he is relatively happy, and has a temp of 98.6. So things are good.

What did happen was a temp yesterday and then again today (as high as 104.1). We had a scheduled appointment with our doctor. The first concern was his left testical. He was born with extra fluid in his scrotum, which is called a hydrocele. There was extra swelling today and the concern was that one of the blood vessels might have gotten pinched off. Kenny was scheduled for an emergency ultrasound, but thankfully nothing additional was found wrong and that it probably was all of his crying that forced more fluid into the scrotum.

So with that not the problem we went to the lab where they had to take blood via a vein. Both of our children have Tammy’s small veins and Kenny was a little dehydtrated so getting the blood was not very easy. It officially only took one poke, but quite a lot of “digging” around before the lab tech finally hit the mark. (Emma once had this done as an infant and it took four lab techs and I think 5 pokes to finally get blood). They also needed to collect urine and since Kenny has yet to master peeing on demand, they had to stick in a catheter to collect the urine. Let’s just say his private parts just need a few days to recover after all they went through today.

Back to the doctors office to wait as the results slowly came in. Blood count–white blood cells slightly elevated.  Urine sample–no urinary tract infection.  Kenny crying and moaning for 3 hours and wouldn’t eat.  With all this info and no cause of the fever and the ovious pain, the doctor decides to do a spinal tap to rule out menengitis. Spinal tap takes two pokes but finally gets a good sample. More waiting for results, but as we wait Kenny eats and actually starts to get happy.

Trying to make a long story short. There are two criteria for bacterial menengitis–elevated glucose and proteins in the spinal fluid and elevated white blood cells in the spinal fluid. Kenny has the elevated white blood cells, but not the elevated glucose and proteins. As a result the doctor thinks that he probably has a mild case of viral menengitis (not nearly as dangerous as bacterial menengitis). As a precaution Kenny was given two injections of antibiotics in the small case that it is bacterial menengitis. We are home and Kenny continues to be in pretty good spirits and like I mentioned his temperature is normal. We go back to the doctor tomorrow to make sure everything still looks good. But for now we will be Praising God that will all the bad things that could have been wrong, we have a son that seems to be getting better.

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