Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Cure...

...for the Sunday afternoon sweet tooth.

Chocolate Caramel Fudge Cake

Friday, January 13, 2012

Good News and Bad News

First the bad news.

Last Sunday night Stevie complained of a stomach ache, a headache, and didn't want to eat anything.  He also looked, for lack of a better description, puffy.  I gave him benadryl and sent him to bed.

Monday, he looked even puffier, like he'd been stung by a bee.  I gave him more allergy medicine and some tylenol for a headache.  He stayed home from school, but the puffiness never went away.  He got a fever that afternoon and threw up that night.  He never ate, and never peed.  I was stumped.

Tuesday morning I called the doctor, even though I felt like an idiot calling with such benign symptoms like "my son was puffy".  She seemed more concerned than I thought she should, so I had Steve take him in to check it out.  He ended up being admitted to the hospital.  Yay.

Here the diagnosis:  Stevie had a rash on his legs that developed into strep.  That got into his blood (and throat).  When his body fought back, it inadvertantly attacked his kidneys as well.  Hence the stomach ache.  His kidneys were not doing their job, he was peeing blood, so the build up of toxins was elevating his blood pressure.  Hence the headaches.  This is a very rare thing that happens, Stevie's doctor has only seen in 5 times in his career (he's near retirement), but in every case they have made full recoveries with no lasting effects.  He was admitted to the hospital mainly to regulate his blood pressure because high blood pressure can cause all kinds of trouble.

Stevie was released yesterday but is on amoxicillyn, blood pressure medication, and a low sodium diet.  Sucks for us.

Now the good news.

In the second week of January we have maxed out our enormous insurance deductable for the year and now get free health care for the rest of the year!!! 



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