Monday, October 24, 2011

Believe in Tomorrow & Hand Mouth & Foot

Last week we had the opportunity to enjoy a few days at Believe in Tomorrow in Maryland which is an organization that offers families with life threatening illnesses a much needed break from the daily routines of medicine. They have three housing facilities in Maryland and we fortunate to stay at the house by the sea in Ocean City. We enjoyed the off season by playing miniature golf, viewing the wild horses, boardwalk strolls, a tour of the life guard museum and some fantastic meals. Unfortunately, both kids were under the weather and Maddie came down with a low grade fever and a rash followed by mouth sores the second day we were there. Within a day, Colin was starting to give us signs of not feeling well so on Friday morning after a slow start and some convincing to get him out of bed we packed up and headed home.

Maddie rebounded quickly and her rash subsided by Friday evening. By Sunday Colin developed the rash, mouth sores and a fever so we made our way down to the ER early in the evening where they took his blood counts and gave him some antibiotics and fluids. It was a record ER visit, we were home by 11:00. Could it be due to our long time nurse from the 7th floor who took care of Colin? The good news is .. his ANC was 700 so we were able to come home.

Today Colin spent most of the day sleeping and watching movies. We returned to Yale for the second dose of antibiotics and some fluids which seemed to perk him up a little. The rash is still all over his hands, arms, feet and legs but the mouth sores have subsided. The Doctor's believe both kids have hand mouth and foot disease so we're home-bound until Colin's next visit which is Wednesday.

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