November 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm #351stryderslist2Participant
I know I have not posted in a while- I still have tons of emails to go through as my Internet is not working and even this I’m nor sure will get posted.
On Saturday we went to the ER because Stryder was throwing up all day and night and morning. More than just the occasinal vomitting. He was dehydrated and blood tests were done showing no bacteria so we were told a virus and keep him hydrated. They prescribed Zofran which helped him to not vomit anymore and was put onto IV to re-hydrate.
They said that if he has a fever or pain in the stomach to come back and if not, go into see his primary on Monday.
So, we went yesterday.
Stryder stopped throwing up and had diarrhea, bad for the time he was on Zofran. They said that it was just flushing out the virus and he seemed hydrated enough. As it turns out, my husband did end up sick on Sunday, but he stayed at work and went back the next day, so obviously he was not as sick as Stryder. He was done with his virus within a day. Yesterday, my daughter, Kasiah, ended up sick. She had vomiting as well but was able to sleep through the night and is sleeping now. Not throwing up anywhere near Stryder, again.
Last night I gave Stryder his Zofran and within minutes he was throwing up, I obviously waited too long in between. I gave him another dose because he just kept throwing up. He lasted through the night and woke this morning, vomiting right after wakening. The Dr. said he looked hydrated yesterday and if he gets a fever or stomach pains, come back in. Neither has happened. The only time he got a fever was after the IV and when they were sending us home-we had to stay longer until the fever went down and it did so right away after he was given Motrin. He is drinking a lot and doesn’t seem to be dehydrated and feels better after the medication, but he rarely ever acts sick anyway.
My question, how long do we let this go? It’s been since 6:30 AM on Friday with constant throwing up without the Zofran. This is going on day 5 and I don’t know what to do. Everyone else got over it in a day and it wasn’t nearly as bad. Is this just Stryder’s immune system, compromised and it is a waiting game? Should I be worried, or just keep doing what we are doing as the Dr. put it?
AngNovember 21, 2012 at 11:38 am #3159stryderslist2Participant
Update from Stryder’s geneticist. He really helps me understand things. He still wants some tests done but he gave a good explanation on why a 24 hour bug has hit him for almost a week now. There is no telling how long he will be sick, but as long as we keep doing what we are doing, he will get better. Needless to say, Thanksgiving may have to be spent at home alone, but we are okay with that.
This was his response that helped me understand and relax a little:
We know that cytokine response plays a role in fighting off an infection by microbial organisms and in Stryder, this part of his immunity is abnormal. It is known that rotavirus is the most common cause of severe gastroenteritis in children. When it comes to fighting off an a viral infection, IFN-gamma is important in eliminating virus particles by activating antiviral pathways. In Stryder, this cytokine, IFN-gamma does not respond when stimulated to do so and is conceivable that Stryder has a hard time fighting off the rotavirus that is causing his gastroenteritis. The underlying cause of his immune probablem may be a component of the his overall issues that we will become clearer as we go forward.
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