Thursday, May 29, 2008

William (a.k.a. Dramatic Child) Medical Update

I forgot to post yesterday about our follow-up appointment with William's pediatrician about the events that occurred on Monday morning. Just the fact that I forgot to post should tell you that we didn't really receive any new information. Here's what we learned:
  • Our pediatrician agreed with me that the cause of William's symptoms probably wasn't due to dehydration. With dehydration you see the effects more over time and the biggest contradictory fact is that he had completely full diapers.
  • She did not see a need to rerun his blood work as his numbers from the ER on Monday were not all that alarming.
  • She thinks that the cause could have been one of two things:
  1. He caught a powerful virus and his immune system acted quickly and aggressively which caused his whole body to shut down. If this was the case it's actually a good thing. It means he has an immune system that knows what to do when it's being attacked.
  2. Or she thinks he possibly got into something. It could have been a cleaning product or a plant outside or something like that. Because there were so many people at my mom's house and he was the only child there I really don't feel that this was the case.
  • Our pediatrician also said she finds it baffling that he came out of the unconscious state so fast. If he were sick we should have seen a more gradual recovery.
  • In the end she wants to write this off as just a fluke but should it ever happen again we are to bring him right to the ER and then we might possibly talk about seeing a neurologist or some other specialist.

Even though we didn't get any answers I'm okay with that. I'd rather have it that way than have them come in and tell me some earth-shattering and possibly devastating news. And my gut is telling me that he's really fine and that this just happened for no apparent reason. Nonetheless we'll be watching him closely and I'll keep you posted if anything changes.

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