After picking apples, Dominic started getting sick. Nothing too alarming. He hadn't ate much that day and we were at a farm, so we figured it was a combination of his allergies and maybe what I had. However, the next morning, he was worse. At this point he wouldn't even drink anything, the fever was up, and he couldn't stop drooling. I thought for sure he had picked up what I had, which was what he originally had. (Talk about family sharing)
Tony was working tech at church and I was supposed to be in the nursery, but stayed home with the boys. It got to the point where he cried for 2 hours straight and wouldn't let me put him down. I freaked out and called Tony to come home right away. Balancing the two boys, when one was so sick, was impossible. Tony called the doctor's emergency line and we laid out the symptoms for them. Because he had only wet 2 diapers in almost 24 hours, we were told to take him in to the er.
|The most heartbreaking picture ever.|
Dominic did great for the X-ray. Sure he cried, but he stayed perfectly still. The blood work however, did not go good. They had a really hard time of finding good veins. He was so dehydrated his veins kept collapsing. It literally took a whole episode of Bubble Guppies and almost another whole episode of Blues Clues to drawl the blood. And he was screaming the entire time! After 3 different locations and a blown vein they were finally done. To make a long story short(er) he was sent home empty handed. Telling us that it wasn't a bacterial infection, but a viral one, and that it was probably Mono. She told us to follow up with is doctor tomorrow and to keep pushing liquids.
His fever went above 103 that afternoon. Luckily, cool baths and ibuprofen got his temperature down slightly. It's been a couple of very long sleepless nights and almost another trip back to the hospital. But finally, today, we got the results for the blood work.
It's official our little guy has Mononucleosis, also known as the kissing disease. And as if that isn't bad enough, on top of that he has a secondary infection of tonsillitis. Talk about a double whammy.
So, now we wait for the antibiotics to kick in for the tonsillitis and we load him up on fluids and make sure he gets plenty of rest. He has barely ate the last few days, but thankfully he has maintained sips of pedialyte here and there, and has been out of the danger zones for dehydration.
As a parent, nothing scares you more, than seeing your child so sick. Dominic is a busy little guy. He's had a couple of colds, but that never seemed to stop him. This has completely wiped him out. I am just praying that his little spirit returns and he gets to feeling better soon. Please keep our family in prayer.