Highlight: Joseph was running a fever tonight and we have been asked to come into the hospital for the night. They are running tests and have started an antibiotic for him.
Today Joseph and I stayed home while the rest of the family went to church, since Joseph cannot be around any groups of people. All morning he was busy playing and talking to me and asking me to identify various objects so he could learn their names. When it was time to have lunch with the whole family he was a bit off his food but nibbled on a variety of things. Then there was afternoon nap; he slept well for about 90 min. Dinner was more nibbling and then it was our bedtime routine. I was thinking about giving him some pain killer for the four teeth that are coming in right now but decided to check his temperature – he was almost to the warning level. A half hour later he had reached the warning level so we called the hematology ward and they asked us to come in for the night.
Upon arrival they ran a series of tests and set up an IV antibiotic. Joseph is now sleeping while I write this up. So far there are no major concerns, but just cautious vigilance. Joseph was already scheduled for a lumbar puncture tomorrow, so if the tests prove to be clear and his temperature goes down we would likely go home tomorrow afternoon.
Joseph was annoyed to be hooked up to an IV stand again, but other than that he has done really well. He has enjoyed meeting his nurse and doctor friends again.
So, are we discouraged at being back in the hospital again so soon? No, we knew that Joseph was at risk of infection so we are grateful to have such a good facility not far from our home and staffed with helpful and caring people. We would love to be home tonight but we would rather know that Joseph was safe.
As I was trying to help Joseph settle in I read Psalm 91 to him, something that Kate has done with the boys a great deal. That psalm ends with some wonderfully encouraging words:
he shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble: I will deliver him, and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him, And show him my salvation. Psalm 91:15-16