Saturday, April 28, 2007

Photo Hunt Saturday - Rare

This week's theme is rare. Last summer, Meenie contracted a rare illness- encephalitis. Although it was a very scary ordeal, we are glad and thankful that she has recovered with no lasting effects.

What the doctor's believe happened was that she got the encephalitis as a rare side effect from a normal childhood illness - Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (which she had at the time). We took her into the doctors because she was having tremors in her sleep and she was starting to have alot of motor problems. She was having problems walking unassisted, would scream at loud noises and was having twitches in her face. After a few tests (lumbar puncture and CAT scan) she was transfered to the local Children's Hospital. Here she underwent more test (EKG, MRI, Blood Work) and was put on IV medications. After a few days, she recovered enough to be sent home but still had to recieve physical and occupational therapy until she regained all her muscle control.

She still talks about her trip to the doctor's and even role plays it with her toys. But thankfully, she is back to her normal self!


Jennifer said...

Wow - how frightening that must have been for all of you! I am so glad to hear she's all better now! Great take on the theme!

toyfoto said...

I remember the car ride to the ER when we were told to take Ittybit there so she could be admitted and tested for diabetes (she had a virus) all I could think about was "how is this happening?"

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Yikes! That must've been terrifying! I'm so glad to hear that all is well. Poor little thing!

meeyauw said...

I am so sorry that you had to suffer through those scary days. I know EEE, the encephalitis from mosquitoes, but had not heard of this type. Thank God she is OK.