On Sunday he was still running a fever so I kept him home from church. We ran over to urgent care because I was concerned about how long the fever had been hanging on. They checked him for strep and ear infections but nothing showed up. At that point I was told it was just viral and would pass in 7-10 days.
By Tuesday when the fevers were still getting up to 103 every 4 hours or so I was truly concerned. Then I notice that he was having a hard time turning his neck but wasn't sure what to think. My Mom kept him at her house so none of our high school students would catch anything. That night I took my sister home and was visiting with my Mom when I noticed he had a small bulge on the left side of his neck. I started putting all the pieces together and was a little freaked out! I did what every good Mom does and headed to the internet to see what it could be. Then it hit me, what if it was meningitis?
I called up a friend who is a nurse and she said to me, "Stacey, don't mess around with this. You need to get him in tonight." She went on to say that it sounded like it could possibly be meningitis and they may have to do a spinal tap. She said we should go to the children's hospital because they are trained to work with kids and would take great care of him. My Mom and sister came and picked me up and we headed down to the hospital.
After we waited for a few hours we were finally seen by the doctor and she was concerned. Finally the test results came back and said he did not have meningitis but Lymphadenitis. Basically his lymph nodes are swollen due to infection. The gave him an IV antibiotic and sent us home with a prescription for antibiotics that he will take for the next 10 days.
We are still waiting for the test results to come back on mumps but I'm praying those will be negative! Thank you Lord that it wasn't anything too scary and they were able to treat it quickly!
Here he is after the first IV