Friday, November 23, 2007

CoolDude was not so cool this week.

This has been quite a week. CoolDude was admitted to hospital on Wednesday night. Let me backtrack a little....................
About 2 months ago, CoolDude started to complain of shooting pains up the left side of his chest. MrGee and I told him they were probably growing pains, and that he needed to tell us whenever they occurred. Initially he would have 3-4 sharp pains a day, but then it progressed to about 10.

On Monday morning he got out of bed looking the grimmest I've ever seen him. He hadn't slept the whole night, and every time he breathed in, that sharp shooting pain would cause him to groan in agony. A visit to the GP gave us no answers, so I tried to make an appointment with our Paediatrician. He was too busy to even see us. In South Africa we are so short of specialists, that they get to call the shots!

I just couldn't wait a week to see my Paed, so I asked our GP to phone the Casualty(Emergency Room) and explain the situation. So CoolDude and I spent 6 long hours at ER. After numerous X-rays, a scan and blood tests they found nothing! He was admitted, and further tests were done........ still the Paed on call found nothing.
After a night in hospital, he woke up the next morning and was totally fine!

This morning he woke up doubled over in pain and he had a fever of note!

I took him back to the hospital Paed ...... she did further examinations, and finally diagnosed it as Bornholm Disease ( also known as epidemic myalgia, epidemic pleurodynia, Sylvest's disease and Devil's Grip).
(Bornholm Disease = An acute infectious febrile disorder caused by a group B coxsackievirus and characterized by severe epigastric or thoracic pain. Epidemic pleurodynia may occur at any age but is most common in children. There is sudden onset of severe, frequently intermittent, often pleuritic pain in the epigastrium or lower anterior chest, with fever and often headache, sore throat.)
Understand all that????

Your prayers are so welcomed.
Hugs Fee

16 comments:

Katie & the boys said...

You know we are praying and send lots of love.
Katrina

~*~ Jennifer ~*~ said...

Oh MY!! I'm so sorry... I've never heard of this -- am sorry you are the one to have to educate me on this.

I just prayed!

Anonymous said...

Hi Fee,
Hope your son is doing okay. Will be praying so keep us updated.
love Amanda x

Sara Mincy said...

I will pray for you....I know that must be very hard to deal with.

KC said...

oh no, poor guy. I pray he is felling better soon, thankfully they found out what is was.

Trina said...

That is so scary! I am sorry to hear that he isn't well, however I am glad that they finally gave you a diagnois to work with. Otherwise that would have been really frustrating to know he wasn't well, but to find no reason. I will say a prayer for him Fee.

Beth said...

Oh my goodness, Fee! I'll definitely be praying!!!

beth

Elinor Dashwood said...

Oh Fee, I'm SO SORRY to hear this...and all this while your dear hubby is away. Please know that I will be praying for you all. Please keep us all updated on how you're all doing.

Many hugs,
Elinor

Mom of 5 said...

Prayer said !!
I applaud you for pushing the issue and following your intuition.
Hoping for a speedy recovery !

tamlovesran said...

I trust that he's feeling better by now. This is not a disease that he'll always have is it? Rejoicing with you that we serve a God who heals!

Tammy

Mrs. Guthrie said...

Definitely praying for him!!! What do they do to treat it?

Fee said...

Tammy..... to answer your question, it will take about 3-4 weeks for this disease to run it's course and finally stop!
Mrs Guthree...... to answer your question,..... high doses of painkillers and anti- inflametories do the trick ! There is no specific medication that we can give to stop this disease in it's track.

Jimmie said...

I'm so sorry for CoolDude. My prayers are with him.
Loved the wedding pics. You are lovely at any age!

Halfmoon Girl said...

I will be praying for your son as well. I had never heard of this either. It sounds very painful. Poor brave boy!

Diane said...

Oh Fiffi- I"m so glad you got to the bottom of it and that after a few short weeks he's going to be just fine. HUGS!

Gill said...

Oh Fee!! Hope he is better now?

Paula had CoxSackie Virus at the beginning of the year - it caused her to have a swollen gland and to feel really flat - but thankfully no chest pains!