Saturday, April 2, 2011


I'm back.  It's been a long time.  Right after I wrote the post below, Carter woke from his nap.  We noticed his neck was swollen and red.  We called the doctor and they said to take him back to the after hours clinic.  It was a Saturday.  As I was putting his shoes on, I noticed his fingers and toes were purple and cold and he was shaky and feverish.  So we went to the ER.  They did everything on the poor boy.  They drew blood, took x rays, ultrasound, and even a lumbar puncture to test for meningitis.  They diagnosed him with cellulitis of the lymph node and possible meningitis.  The doctor wanted to treat him for both, so he was admitted to the hospital.  He said he had never seen lymph nodes so big on a little one. The sweet little guy was so good through everything.  I couldn't believe it.  We were there until Tuesday evening.  It was frustrating because we only got to talk with a doctor for about 15 minutes a day and it was a different one everyday.  We should have gone to the hospital where his doctor is close, but we were scared and went to the closest one.  Oh, the scratches on his face are from earlier in the day when he was feeling good.  He ran outside and missed the step off the porch.  So, he got to look and feel awful!!

What his neck looked like when we headed to the ER.
On oxygen.
Daddy getting him to smile finally.
So pitiful!!
Finally eating some cheerios.
starting to act like Carter again.

finally eating again.
my favorite picture even though it breaks my heart!!
They finally let him go for a walk.
By Monday he was feeling better and wanted out of that bed.  It was exhausting trying to keep him entertained from a bed.  He was so weak at first and had such wobbly legs. 
We missed Caroline so much.  I just felt sick not being around her.  She got to stay with Nanno and Papa though and had a blast.  She tried telling me on the day Carter came home that he was not well and needed to stay another night in the hospital. 

Last hospital meal!!
He had to take antibiotics for 10 days after returning home.  Poor thing had constant diarrhea from it and diaper rash.  I can't tell you how good it felt to all be back at home together that night.  I almost couldn't hold it together watching Caroline and Carter play together again.  How thankful I was he was ok.  Everyone was so sweet to us through all this.  Brittany and Catch brought him a balloon and package and cards from all his daycare class.  I just bawled when I read them all.  How sweet. Brenda brought some cookies and books for Caroline and Carter.  Grandma Skaar sent Carter a cute card and animal. We had so many calling and texting through our stay and after. We have such sweet friends and family.
All his get well wishes. 

1 comment:

Brittany S. Manley said...

This all makes me cry again reading it! I love the pic of Carter and Jeremiah in the bed. I also love the stick figures on Catch's card to Carter. Carter has the spikey do and Catch has the wild long hair. hehehe...
I'm so happy Carter is doing well and I CAN'T WAIT FOR OUR SUMMER PLAYDATES!