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Posted on: Thu, 01/12/2006 - 10:43am
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Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

mistey, wow, I am so sorry. How horrible. I have no advice for you, but I hope they can figure it out. You have just got to be a complete wreck. Take care and keep us posted.

Posted on: Thu, 01/12/2006 - 10:55am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

How horrible! It really does sound like Salmonella or shigella or what about meningitis? Did they do a spinal tap? Also, is he current on immunizations? If not, then it could be a whole bunch of other things. It doesn`t sound like a reaction to me. So glad to hear he is doing better.

Posted on: Thu, 01/12/2006 - 10:59am
e-mom's picture
Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

I'm no expert but the first thing that came to my mind was Diabetes.

Posted on: Thu, 01/12/2006 - 11:09am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

From what I've read, it does sound like shigellosis. I also ran across this:
"Diagnosis is made by culturing stool specimens.
Shigella usually do not survive very long outside the human body, thus lab specimens should be processed rapidly."
Is it possible that the test results were not accurate due to delayed handling of the sample?

Posted on: Thu, 01/12/2006 - 11:17am
mistey's picture
Joined: 01/18/2004 - 09:00

You people are simply awesome. I post something and less than an hour later there is 14 replies. I really can't thank you all enough. I'm scared to death and just wanting help. So thank you.
There were stool, urine and blood cultures run the night in the ER. All negative at 72 hours.
A spinal tap was NOT done. They might as well have done one, he was in a coma for 2 days and was poked more times than imaginable before a central line was put in.
He has been screened for Diabetes last year. Those tests came back negative.

Posted on: Thu, 01/12/2006 - 11:20am
mistey's picture
Joined: 01/18/2004 - 09:00

Also, the people who think it was a reaction are the pediatric intensivists (both of them) and now our allergist through Chilren's Memorial Hospital is saying that it might be a reaction as well.

Posted on: Thu, 01/12/2006 - 11:33am
perezrap's picture
Joined: 08/14/2005 - 09:00

First of all, I'm glad your son is better. Secondly,I'm sure this was not an allergic reaction. As a parent of a PA allergic child and also a gastrenterologist(although I only see adults) I can assure you this was some type of infectious illness. It would fit very well with enterotoxigenic E. Coli. A possible reason the cultures were not indiciative of this is because we all have harmless strains of E. Coli in our bodies but unless the lab specifically was directed to look for this particular strain, it could have been read out as normal stool flora (bacteria). The fact that the kidneys were affected goes along with E. Coli infection in this age group. It is not at all uncommon in daycares. The seizure most likely was a result of his high fever and blood sugar of 18, neither of which are typical of allergic reactions. I'm glad he made a full recovery. I'm sorry you all had to enudure that.

Posted on: Thu, 01/12/2006 - 11:35am
perezrap's picture
Joined: 08/14/2005 - 09:00

oops, can't even spell my own specialty...gastroenterologist.

Posted on: Thu, 01/12/2006 - 11:41am
Carefulmom's picture
Joined: 01/03/2002 - 09:00

Perezrap, can`t the seizure cause the sugar to drop? The sugar was 18 after the seizure, right?

Posted on: Thu, 01/12/2006 - 11:43am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Oh my gosh! That is so horrible and scary. I'm glad your son has been getting better and your experience sounds like a nightmare.
The only thing I can mention is my daughter had rotavirus when she was two. That was just about the scariest diarrhea episode I've ever seen, which is like pints and quarts of water coming out. My daughter ate red jello and later on I thought she had an enormous amount of some type of rectal bleeding/blood in her stool, something like that. Severe dehydration was a worry. She had to see the pediatrician, and I remember the daycare providers saying ..."We've never seen anything like it." (And they've seen tons of kids in that center through the years.) That was in reference to the type of diarrhea she had.


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