On Tuesday Sam started to have a little fever, but he wasn't about to let that slow him down. He often kept playing and was able to get around, and didn't complain much. But late Friday evening his fever had continued even more (102.7°F), and Saturday morning was really achy and crying that his eyes and head hurt. I immediately thought the worst. And remembered sad stories of parents who lost their children within a week to Meningitis, I thought I better get him in quick as he showed many of the same symptoms (minus the vomiting).
I took him in on Saturday morning to see the Dr. They took a flu culture which came back negative and decided that whatever he had, would be best treated with Amoxycilin, an antibiotic.
I gave him a dose of that on Saturday afternoon. By very early Sunday morning I got up and noticed that he had very large lesions on his lips and on his gums. He also at this point started vomiting. That freaked me out and I took him to the 24 hr pediatric center. They took a Strep culture which also came back negative. The Dr. listened to him breath and said he could have pnemonia, either that or a severe case of oral herpes(cold sores). He gave me a couple of additional prescriptions of antibiotics to replace the Amoxycilin.
This morning Cathi called me at work and said that his condition has worsened even more and that he was unresponsive and fought her terribly when offered medicine. She again took him to the Dr this morning and after a group of them at the clinic discussed what their ideas were, they mentioned "Steven Johnson's Syndrome" and that we should take him to the Primary Children's Medical center immediately. They called ahead for us and they immediately accepted him.
They put him on oxygen to help him breath and gave him some pain reliever to bring his fever down. (Which at this time is normal). After several Dr's observed him the agreed that he has Steven Johnson's Syndrome(SJS). Which they believe was caused by a severe reaction to his initial sickness of a Mycoplasma infection (walking pnemonia). They don't believe it was necessarily a reaction to the Amoxycilin mainly because the reaction to an antibiotic reportedly takes several days to a week, whereas the dramatic sores in Sam's case appeared less than 12 hours afterwards. Either way, the Dr's are putting him on Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) which is the current treamtent for SJS, as well as other prescriptions to battle the original problem of the mycoplasma infection which is really affecting his mucous membranes and clogging up his lungs.
|Sam getting some Oxygen to help him breathe.|
His poor lips and eyes must really hurt.
What a tough kid!
Don't worry: While SJS is relatively rare, the folks at Primary Childrens mentioned that they have seen it more often. Cathi told me the Dr's told her that the two different causes of SJS (viral and drug induced) are both dramatically different from each other and that the viral caused version is much less dramatic (which if you google SJS, the pictures can give you nightmares. The sores on his body (other than on his lips and eyes, are random lesions that cover less than 1% of his body. SJS is not contagious and nobody else in our family has any signs of any kind of illness.
Dad and I gave him a Priesthood blessing this evening. If you could also keep him in your prayers. This sweet little boy could use them.
Oh, and Happy Birthday Austin, sorry your birthday kinda took the limelight this year.