My sisters youngest boy in MA was sick for about 3 weeks. His joints hurt, they first diagnosed him with Lyme disease. Then, He couldn't even walk and one arm and even his neck all hurt. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis was the diagnosis.
His doctor reordered blood work, he is negative for both of those, but it appears he has rheumatic fever. He is going back in for more blood work tomorrow, to be positive of the results and I am trying to absorb all the information I am finding on it.
Apparently he had strep A but did not have any symptoms. We don't have an idea yet of the damage it has done to his heart, brain, joints etc.
This is the same kid, who last time I talked to him on the phone, told me even if he had to be in a wheelchair, he was going to my wedding. He was so bummed he couldn't skate board and run around with the others kids...
I'm sorry to hear about your little nephew. It sounds like they jumped on it fairly quickly, and he will now be undergoing antibiotic and corticosteroid therapy for some time. It sounds like he did not have some of the other signs of rheumatic fever, which is a huge plus.I hope he shows the resilience of most children, and wish him all the best.
Oh Pope! that poor boy. Do you know if they treated him for lymes? did he take antibiotics at all? I was diagnosed with lymes after suffering for 6mos in 2002. I tested negative, but after they treated me, they found the antibodies in my blood. If he's testing negative, it could still help him immensly to treat with antibiotics- doxycycline. it took a 30 day cycle for me to be able to walk and function normally. Keep us posted. I feel so bad for him.
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Nothing to report on Nate yet (the little boy this thread is about) but my sisters babies, the ones I watch a lot went to the Dr's and it seems the 2 year old has a touch of pneumonia and the 3 1/2 month old has bronchitis. They are doing well on their antibiotics and treatments though.
even if he does have Rheumatic fever it may not be too damaging. My father was born in 1929 and had it as a child, back then there wasn't a lot of treatment options. He had a heart murmur the rest of his life. Dad worked as a millwright for GM until he retired. He rode motorcycles, hunted, fished, was a heavy equipment operator until he was 73 years old. he died last year of kidney failure. Have faith in prayer and the wonderful things that modern medicine can do.
So sorry to hear that precious little boy is sick. My dad is the oldest of five children, but he had an older sister, Elizabeth Anne, that passed away at the age of two from rhuematic fever. Back in those days, they didnt have the medical know-how that they do now. He is in good hands and will pull through. Am sending all my prayers that way for a full and speedy recovery.
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