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My Four Year Old May Have Bacterial Endocarditis


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#1 barefut

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 03:57 PM

I am a basket case right now. I can't wait for the labs to be back.

Please keep him in your thoughts.

Thanks, Barefut

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 01:22 AM

Barefut,
My heart goes out to you and your family. Please let us know as soon as you hear anything. Sending healing thoughts your way....

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 02:10 AM

Hi Barefut,

I am so sorry to hear about your son. I am sure you are very worried and anxious. When do you expect to know something? Please let us know as soon as you hear and have time to post. You are in my thoughts.

Warm wishes,
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Posted 22 March 2007 - 02:50 AM

Barefut,
You and your son are definitely in my thoughts, lots and lots of positive thoughts.
Big, big hugs to you both,
Janey

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 02:53 AM

Barefut,
I am so sorry about your son. Hug on that little angel. My thoughts are with you.
Nan

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 02:57 AM

I'm so sorry to hear this. He's in my thoughts!

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 05:42 AM

both of you are in my thoughts.



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Posted 22 March 2007 - 07:42 AM

Bareful - oh my I am so sorry. As a mother this must be so difficult for you. :( As you obtain any new information, please share with us if you can.

Warm thoughts,

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 07:52 AM

Barefut both of you are in my thoughts, hope all turns out well.
Birdmans Wife
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Posted 22 March 2007 - 07:55 AM

I'm sorry to hear about your little one. I'm thinking of you both and sending positive thoughts your way.



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Posted 22 March 2007 - 12:44 PM

Barefut,

So sorry to hear about your son. I am totally stressed out about my 4yr old boy who has been diagnosed with Morphea, which is nowhere near what your son is going through. It's hard being the parent of a sick child - you would move mountains to make them better....

My thoughts are with you - I hope you will let us all know how his labs go..

Stay strong!

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 11:53 AM

Hey Barefut,

I can't believe this! Can you give us an update?

Lots of hugs!!

Sweet
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#13 barefut

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 03:16 PM

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for all of your comforting replies.

My son had an ear infection 2 weeks ago which was treated with a short course of antibiotics. Weird thing was that he had no fever at the onset of the ear infection but fever set in on the 4th day of treatment and has continued even after his ear was cleared up.

I had him in to have his ear checked after the fever continued and they said ear looked good but if fever continued, bring him back. It did, so I did and at that 3rd visit the ARNP heard a heart murmur.

He has never had a murmur before, and because of the lingering fever with no other cold or flu symptoms, he wanted to start him immediately on a longer, stronger course of anitbiotics, get a urine sample, strep culture, bloodwork and an echocardiogram.

All he told me was that he may have had an untreated strep infection enter his heart. This normally jovial man had a quiet, serious demeanor and was adamant that my son get on those antibiotics and get the blood drawn that night, before the lab and pharmacy closed in that next hour.

Needless to say, I left the office with my head spinning! With no other information I of course turned on my computer hoping to ease my mind (yea, right ;) )

After our visit to ARNP today, he told me the strep culture was negative and the only thing I remember him saying about the blood work was that the test that will tell us if he ever had an untreated strep infection (don't remember the name of it of course) won't be back from out of state until most likely Wed.

I asked him, "So, what are we worried about here?" and he said rheumatic fever, which results when a strep infection goes un treated or under treated. And one of the many complications of rheumatic fever can be heart valve problems.

Well, my son had a cold with a fever in Feb but has NEVER compalined of a sore throat let alone strep throat! I think if my son ever had strep throat, it SURELY would not go unnoticed! Not unless there is such a thing as "mild strep". Is there?

I left a message for my son's regular doctor to call me after 2p so I would be sure not to miss his call (tons of questions!). He called at 1pm and said he had to call early because he had to be out of the office after lunch (golfing? :lol: ) I missed him by 10 minutes. He did leave a comforting message though, saying he didn't think he had rheumatic fever and that his murmur is most likely benign.

That just leaves the mystery of the lingering fever. He's had NO symptoms of cold or flu, and with his ear infection SUPPOSEDLY gone, who knows what's up with that. His last temprature was 99.1 lastnight , so I think these new antibiotics are doing their job.

I'm thinking now that it's been his ear all along and this murmur probably isn't "new" but that this ARNP just has bionic hearing.

At least I can relax a little this weekend thanks to the doctor's message. I just wish my son could have seen his regular doctor in the first place!

Thank you all again for your comforting replies, and they all DO comfort me! And thanks for reading my long rambling post here.

Love you all!
Barefut

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 03:22 PM

Hi Barefut,

Thanks so much for giving us all an update.....we have been worried for you! It sounds like mostly good news----I am so glad! I do hope these antibiotics knock the fever out and everything else looks great in his blood work. Please do keep us all posted and have a restful, relaxing weekend.

Warm wishes,
Heidi

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Posted 23 March 2007 - 04:21 PM

My son never runs fever with strep. He usually doesn't even have a sore throat. He gets a horrible headache and stomach ache. I guess strep is like scleroderma, it can affect people in different ways. It sounds like your son is moving in the right direction. Take care!
Nan

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 08:52 AM

Hey Barefut,

Thanks so much for the update, I've been worried. Try to enjoy your weekend.
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Posted 24 March 2007 - 03:42 PM

hi Barefut,

I've followed this thread. So glad to hear your little guy doesn't have anything too awful serious.

My girls often had strep without fever or severe pain. It can be tricky! Just what you want to hear, right?

Take care of both of you!

xoxo emmie

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 02:58 AM

Hi Barefut,
I am so glad your little boy doesn't have anything serious! You must have been a wreck! Try to get some relaxing time for yourself, stress is not good for you.

Hugs,
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#19 barefut

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 05:33 AM

Nan & emmie,

Well, that makes me feel better because I don't feel like a neglectful mom but makes me still worry about that last test coming back positive.

If one can have strep without fever then how DO they find it? :huh:

Barefut

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 01:52 PM

Hi Barefut ,

This is interesting because Gareth doens't run a fever either. The only way I know he has strep is because he has a day of throwing up first, and, then, this horrible breath. Of course, he never says his throat hurts, so I take him in when I smell the horrible breath. I learned a long time ago that an upset stomach can be one of the first signs of strep. So glad your son is OK.
Take care, Everyone.
Margaret