Now that I have a little more time, I thought I would talk about what happened this weekend. Will got sick on Saturday. He was crabby all afternoon and really was not eating well. We were at my cousin's house, and they did not have their air conditioning on, so I did not notice if Will was warm or not.
That night Will was inconsolable. After two hours of everybody trying something, my mom ran to the store and bought Tylenol and a thermometer for him. We thought he felt warm, but not high fever warm. Boy, were we wrong. It was about midnightish at this point and I rectally took his temperature. It was 101.2 (aff). Well, Will is only 11 weeks old, so I knew that we were going to have to take him to the ER. The worst part of this was that we were 4 hours from home (aff). I didn't even bother calling his doctor. Instead, I called Bellin Ask A Nurse. I was able to talk to a nurse about what I should do, and they told me what I already knew. We had to bring him in.
We got to the hospital and they too took his temperature. It was still 101. They ran an entire sepsis workup: bloodwork, urine test, chest x-ray. By the time we got out of there (4 am), his temperature was 99.6. The plan was to drive home (aff) on Sunday. Well, we decided to stay and ride out his fever. We ended up having to rush him back in to the hospital. With Tylenol, he was running a 102.6 fever. He started breaking out with a rash too.
The second trip required them to rerun everything we had done before and a spinal tap. A spinal tap is a procedure performed when a doctor needs to look at the cerebrospinal fluid (also known as spinal fluid). Basically, they were making sure Will did not have meningitis. I'm not going to go too much more into that, because you can do a google search. Let me tell you, those are two words you do not want to hear. Your heart stops. However, a spinal tap is not as bad as you think it is which is why I am blogging about it. If any other parent has to go through this, I don't want them to be as afraid of a spinal tap as we were.
The ER doctor we had was great. She explained that it was like when I had my epidural. It was exactly like that. They had told us that babies hate being held in the position needed more than the procedure hurt. We had the option of staying or leaving the room. We opted to stay (even though it would have been so much easier to leave). While they did the spinal tap, the doctor and nurse told us everything they were doing. First, they held Will basically into a C. His feet were right by his head. As soon as they held him down, he started screaming. Not the hurt kind of screaming either. He was mad. They iodined his back and then came the hard part. The first stuck him with an anesthesia agent, so that he wouldn't feel the spinal tap. I didn't watch as they did it. I just couldn't. Once they had everything set, I did turn and watch them fill the 4 vials of spinal fluid. It ran out like water. They said normally it did not go as fast as it did with Will (so we were lucky in those regards). The best part of this test is that you do not have to wait long for the results. We were given the all clear in 45 minutes.
The spinal tap was scary. However, it was nowhere near as bad as I had envisioned it in my head. They don't just do these for the heck of it, so if you doctor tells you your child needs one, get it. Will having untreated meningitis would we way worse than this test. He has had no lasting side effects.
What does Will have? Well, they don't know. They think it is a virus at this point. I have to bring him into the doctor this afternoon, so I'll let you all know if we get told anything different.