Monday, April 16, 2007

Never a Dull Moment

Well, life certainly has a way of throwing curves at you sometimes. Our sweet Tyler likes to keep thing interesting. Last week I noticed what looked like a pimple on his right leg, inside just below the knee. I didn't think much of it. It was a little red and felt kind of hard like a pimple. I figured maybe his leg brace had rubbed a bit and caused some irritation. On Thursday it seemed a bit more red and swollen but not anything that caused great concern. We decided to keep an eye on it and see how he did. By Friday evening the small red spot had turned into a large, angry looking sore. It was super hot to the touch and very red. I touched it and it started oozing and squirting nasty liquid. (Nice, huh?!) By this time the doctor's office was closed so I called the after hours nurse line. They called back with instructions from the doctor to go to the ER. The ER doctor checked him out, gave him a shot of antibiotic and sent him home with instructions to see our doctor in the morning. Brent took him in on Saturday morning only to find out that the ER doctor did not follow our doctor's instructions. She was a bit irritated, to say the least. At any rate, she took a sample of the yucky stuff draining out in order to culture it. She drew a line around the redness and instructed us to watch it and if it went past the line or he started running a fever to call her. Well, he started a fever in the afternoon and the redness was growing and he also had a red streak up the back of his leg. Called the doctor and she sent us back to the ER and this time she called them with instructions. It was a long night in the ER. They had to cut into Tyler's leg in order to get the infection out. They started him on a strong IV antibiotic and they admitted him.

Fast forward to today. Tyler is still in the hospital. What we know is that he has a very nasty strain of staph infection. It is a bad one that is highly resistant to antibiotics. In fact, they discovered today that the antibiotic he is on is not making any difference. So, they have started him on a new one that is supposed to help. We are hoping that he will be able to come home tomorrow. He is feeling much better and is in a good mood. But, because he is contagious, he is in a room alone and can't leave his room. He's getting bored! Poor little guy, I feel so badly for him. We just hope and pray that tomorrow will be the end and we can get him home.

I'll update more then.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, Jodie. I am so sorry poor little Tyler has had to be in the hospital. I hope he can come home tomorrow. Can they send someone from Childlife to entertain him? Justin still looks for his favorite girl from childlife when we visit Strong. If he can't have a visitor they should at least be able to send some good toys and movies.
Janet

Colette said...

Jodie and Brent...so sorry to hear about Tyler... I hope he can come home soon...poor guy...i will say many prayers for him tonight! Emmalee must be so bored with out her big brother home...Hugs and blessings!

MyKidsMom said...

Poor little guy. He has been in our prayers.

Lanna said...

Best wishes and prayers to Tyler for a very speedy recovery!

Miranda said...

Oh Goodness, I hope they can find an antibiotic that works. How scary!!