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!