You know me better than anyone else in the world. Please trust your instincts when it comes to my health. Because doctors can be wrong sometimes.
Remember when I took Middle to Kid's Care and he was diagnosed with the coxsackie virus? And I wrung my hands and wailed because I was SURE that Eldest and Baby would soon follow?
There is no treatment for this typical summer virus. You just have to let it run its course. So, for days afterward, Middle continued to struggle with a low-grade fever and lethargy. (The doctor told me the fever could last for up to 8 days.)
I worried, sure, but then he'd have one good day with no temperature and normal energy levels.
So while it nagged at me, I let it go.
This weekend, while my family was in town for the holiday weekend, it became apparent that something was still wrong with Middle. While the other children were outside playing, he was content to sit indoors watching TV or playing his Nintendo.
And I started having doubts about the diagnosis. Middle's appetite never waned. (Usually the mouth sores cause great discomfort.)
And trust me, the only thing my boyz actually share is ILLNESS. But neither Eldest nor Baby contracted the virus.
At my insistence, Hubby took him back to the doctor yesterday. They did bloodwork, and he is now being treated for Lyme Disease (with amoxicillin 3 times a day). Even though we don't yet have the results of said bloodwork.
I'm totally frustrated and am determined to get to the bottom of this. If the bloodwork comes back negative for Lyme? You can bet that I will be on a MISSION to find out what is wrong. What child runs a low-grade fever for almost 2 FULL WEEKS? THAT IS NOT RIGHT.
As any mother knows, when your child hurts, you hurt. I feel so guilty that this innocent 5 year old has felt like CRAP for 2 weeks now that it has become his new normal to feel this way. It breaks my heart.
Momma promises to make it all better, buddy.
UPDATE: Received call from the doctor's office late today. He confirmed Middle indeed has Lyme disease. He's now on an antibiotic (amoxicillin) 3 times a day for 3 weeks. Fingers crossed that my little guy feels better soon!