Infection? Or Just a Cold?

Well, it was no surprise when I got a call Friday morning from one of the nurses from D’s Infectious Disease office.  His sed rate had come back high.  This is the number we have been watching all along, and higher numbers point to infection.  When Dawson was in the hospital at the end of August, his sed rate was 35.  When he was in the hospital at the end of September (when they confirmed the infection in his knee), his sed rate was 22.  D’s ID clinic considers under 15 “normal”, while his pediatrician’s office considers under 10 “normal.”  After we began antibiotics in September, we watched his sed rate slowly drop – 14, to 12, to 9 at the beginning of November.

Since this, Dawson has continued on antibiotics.  At his last ID visit in early November (when he had a sed rate of 9), we agreed to continue the antibiotics for another month (oral, not IV) and then re-test him, which is what we did on Thursday.  D had taken the last of his antibiotics on December 7th.

Unfortunately, the call yesterday morning was to tell us that D’s sed rate was back up – to 21.  I wish I could say I was surprised to hear that, but David and I pretty much saw it coming.  The main thing the nurse wanted to know was if D been sick lately, and he has.  A minor cold, with a little cough and runny nose.  Nothing major.  I let her know that D had an appointment with his surgeon on Monday, so we’d be in the building if ID needed to see us.  She called back awhile later to let me know that she had spoken with the doc – his thoughts were that, for all we know with Dawson’s history, this cold could be causing his sed rate to jump.  He does want to see Dawson though, so while we are seeing D’s surgeon on Monday, we are supposed to page him, and he’ll come over.  How awesome is that?  Two doctors in one appointment.  Seriously, we are lucky.

D is on a bit of a roller coaster today.  This morning he was playing with Wes and Parker (who had spent the night), when he started coughing and said “I feel like I’m going to puke!”  I grabbed him a bucket, and he gagged a few times but never got sick.  He repeated that a couple times in the next half hour, but never actually got sick, thankfully.

He took a pretty good nap – fell asleep quickly and slept for about two hours.  He woke up feeling warm, but I decided to wait a bit until after he was up for awhile before taking his temp, since he typically warms up while he sleeps.  Unfortunately, an hour later when I felt him, he was still warm, and sure enough, he had a temp of 100.8.  Not a huge one by any means, but abnormal for him, and it was obvious he wasn’t feeling great.


So this guy and I are hanging out at home together tonight.  Obviously, he’s feeling a little better.  I had given him an ibuprofen after taking his temp, and an hour later it was back under 100 (at 99.9, but still!).  David managed to get Wesley out of the house – they went shopping for Wesley’s Christmas present for D (Dawson bought Wesley’s last week – that kid is a GREAT secret-keeper!) and then they are going out to eat with Grandpa Bruce and Grandma Ginny.  Dawson and I are on our 39th round of Rooftop Run (that’s only a slight exaggeration).  I’m glad he’s feeling better, but I am also really glad that he has an appointment on Monday to make sure there isn’t anything more serious going on in that little body of his.

Happy Saturday!  :)

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3 thoughts on “Infection? Or Just a Cold?

    • Hmm. That’s a good question. Since he was just on antibiotics for 2 months, I wasn’t so concerned about what he was around. I can’t imagine his immune system is that compromised, but I’ll definitely be asking about it Monday.

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