I had to take Mel to the ER April 2. He was in so much pain – it was obvious something was very wrong. He was admitted and many tests were done. Blood tests did determine that he had an infection that was systemic. On top of that, he was passing kidney stones. They also did an MRI. Results were that he has an abscess on the upper thoracic neck vertebrae. Neurosurgery signed off on him as his bones were not weak and no surgery was needed at this point. They would be called in theoretically if at a future date it was found that the abscess was not shrinking. They stepped up his antibiotic to a stronger one and are anxious to stop the abscess from touching the spinal cord itself. So the plan is that when his blood tests negative for the infection (no sign of how long that will take) they can put in a PICC line and send him home to have his IV antibiotics for 4-6 weeks. Then they will do another MRI to see how it is working and go from there. Why on earth he got this and why on earth it nestled in his neck, we have no idea.
They are not satisfied they found the source of the infection, so he will have a Zyrtec (?) scan today and an MRI on his foot (which had swelled and turned red).
The malaria just jumped in there because it does that. Clobbers you when you’re down. It was the least of our problems but it masked the bigger one for a while.
That’s all I know at this point. The boy hasn’t watched the news, read a newspaper or even known what day it is half the time. That means SICK! I will post more when I know more.