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Posted on: Fri, 01/13/2006 - 12:01am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Wow. This brought tears to my eyes. How frightening for you and your family. I too will pray for your son's full recovery.
You should pat yourself on the back for following your maternal instincts. You saved his life. What a lesson for all of us to learn.

Posted on: Fri, 01/13/2006 - 12:38am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

I am sure you are busy with your little one, but I am thinking of you and hope you have good news to share today. Prayers. Becca

Posted on: Fri, 01/13/2006 - 1:18am
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Joined: 11/29/2005 - 09:00

Good lord, Mistey! What an awful experience. Were I you, I would pay close attention to what Perezrap posted and try to take heart. This really doesn't sound like an allergic reaction, and the epi WILL help him if he does have one.
Also, I feel pretty certain that someone must have ripped that ER doctor a new one over the way he treated your son. A lot of people at that hospital know that he screwed up. He must have been called in by his superiors and told to explain himself. I'm guessing he's a resident, and still has a lot to learn.
Hopefully he and some of the other medical folks involved will learn something from this. I have no doubt your little guy was the main topic of discussion during Grand Rounds.
Hugs to you and your family. I hope your child is on his feet and playing again soon.

Posted on: Fri, 01/13/2006 - 2:24am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Misty, I am sorry I didn't respond after reading your post last night. I was too overwhelmed to even know what to say. Of course, I am so sorry about what you went through, and hope he doing well.
The first thing I thought of while reading it, before I got all the way through, was Norwalk virus. I know that a few years ago, a healthy teenage boy in the Phoenix area went to bed feeling fine. He came down with Norwalk virus during the night, and in the morning his parents found him dead in the bathroom. That virus is that bad. I hope they find out what happened, to put your mind at rest if for no other reason.
Someone posted about getting an outside doctor to look into what happened. I agree. It is your right to get a copy of your child's medical records. Ask for ALL of them, every scrap of paper. Get two copies (I'm not sure whether they are required to make you multiple copies, but you can make your own copies of whatever they give you). Keep one set for yourself. THen give one copy to a good doctor that you feel you can trust. Depending on what is in that information, the doctor may or may not determine what caused the problem to begin with, but he/she will be able to pinpoint what the ER doctor did wrong, and what could have been done better. I am not usually one to think of suing, and think frivolous lawsuits are the scourge of our society. But I believe that this kind of thing is the reason malpractice law exists.
You could also look into contacting the state board of medical examiners. They have the power to pull a doctor's license if they deem him too imcompetent, but as importantly, they keep track of this type of this kind of thing and could spot a pattern.

Posted on: Fri, 01/13/2006 - 3:09am
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Joined: 01/06/2005 - 09:00

This is his dad.
He is doing very well. Once he got home he seemed to perk up a bit and started walking more. I think he was getting depressed listening to all the people talking about him. At one point he looked up at me and said,

Posted on: Fri, 01/13/2006 - 3:40am
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Joined: 01/18/2004 - 09:00

I want so much to thank all of you for your positive thoughts and prayers. We truely could use all that we can get!
Thank you for the statements about all that I did to help my son, but the praise for that doesn't belong to me. I'm an intelligent person, but I am not trained in the medical field. God himself was the only one who saved my ds that night. I give Him all the credit.
Anyway- my ds. He is at hime right now and is doing much better. He is watching Spiderman right now [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] .
We pray that the worst is behind us now and that something like this NEVER happens again. Of course in order to be able to stop it from occurring again it would definately help to know WHAT IN THE WORLD IT WAS!!
The anxiety is a little better today (and it's daytime, which always helps!). I have to say, though, that everytime he coughs or says something hurts I get this knot in my stomach and break out in a cold sweat. Hopefully someday soon that will diminish.
As far as aftercare, we really don't have any. What should we do any differently that we weren't already doing? We don't know. How to prevent it again? We don't know. Was it a reaction? We don't know.
Still the issue with the Epi is one of the more difficult aspects for me. I will now question it's usage where I never did before. And we all know what happens when we question it's usage when it is needed. It's a very difficult situation.

Posted on: Fri, 01/13/2006 - 4:20am
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Joined: 04/08/2000 - 09:00

Glad to hear your darling son is home and doing better. He was in my prayers and thoughts last night and today.
I'm wondering if you asked any of the doctors if the dehydration caused the seizures and coma as it is my understanding that dehydration is extremely dangerous and can easily cause seizures and coma and if untreated death. If he lost that much fluid I would say he was severely dehydrated and removing the IV was a very very dangerous thing to do to the poor child.
I hope you get answers. I understand your worry about the Epi. Personally, if it had been my son, I wouldn't have administered Epi given these symptoms, if there was no breathing impairment or circulatory collapse I would have just assumed it was a very bad bug and gotten him to hospital just as you did.
Unfortunately a lot of hospitals leave things in the hands of interns and residents and the consultants are "on call". It is a ridiculous situation and very frightening in a life or death situation with your precious child.
I hope he continues to recover and has no lasting ill-effects. Have confidence in yourself. You did a great job. Your son is safe and alive.

Posted on: Fri, 01/13/2006 - 5:28am
Deansdad's picture
Joined: 01/06/2005 - 09:00

He has started throwing up again today. The doctor is admitting him again to the hospital for observation. Any ideas?

Posted on: Fri, 01/13/2006 - 5:50am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

You said some of the doctors suspected a bacterial infection--was your son treated with antibiotics?
You may want to read more about shigellosis. These sites seemed to have good info:
All the best,
Mom to 6 1/2 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.
[This message has been edited by Momcat (edited January 13, 2006).]

Posted on: Fri, 01/13/2006 - 6:00am
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Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Deansdad:
[b]His Allergist is also from a different hospital in Chicago (Children


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