Bummer

Filed under: Family,Health...or Lack Thereof,Koren,Such is Life — Amy @ 11:21 am

Amidst his tears, he explained that his “back. hurts.” and pointed to his lower back.  He was inconsolable for about half an hour, at which point he had cried himself into exhaustion and fell asleep again.

Then he woke up 2 hours later and it started all over again.  Another inconsolable crying jag about how much his back hurt, and nothing we did seemed to help at all.  He finally fell asleep in my arms out of pure exhaustion and slept until almost 8:00am.

This morning he is not himself.  He is very lethargic, sleepy, and hardly talking at all.  Anyone who has ever met him knows that this is highly abnormal.  He says his back is “good” now, and that he doesn’t have any owies anywhere.  He has a low-grade fever, but he’s acting like a child with a fever of 104°.

He’s passed out on my bed right now.  A very early nap that will hopefully do him some good.

We made a trip to the doctor this morning and came home with a plastic bag taped to his wee-wee.  That will be fun to remove.  But the alternative was a catheter.  The doctor wants a urine sample to rule out a UTI that may have spread to his kidneys, causing the back pain.  Beyond that, they took some blood (which was not pleasant) and want to x-ray his lower back.  He has been complaining off and on about back pain for several months, though it has never been this bad.  Usually I have him lie down on the couch for a minute and he’s back to his normal rambunctious self.

And finally, if they can’t figure out the cause, we’ll have to take him to Anchorage (4 hours away) to see a pediatrician, since there aren’t any in Homer.  We’re hoping it doesn’t come to that, but we may end up making a family trip to Anchorage – Jens may need surgery on his arm and I need to see a dermatologist about a spot on my arm that has me concerned.

Fun times at the Eckels hospital house!  Here’s hoping that Kaelin will remain her usual healthy self.

3 Responses so far.

  1. Grandpa /Grandmommy again says:

    This is not a ggod report – I am very concerned for Koren – So sorry you are dealing with this now – Very glad kaelin is ok – Keep us informed on all the health issues – Text us or call when Jens gets his cat scan report – Dad

  2. Grandmommy says:

    At least Anchorage has good doctor facilities to meet all your needs. Tell little Koren, Granmommmy is praying for him and Daddo to get better real soon.Let us know ASAP about all of this.

  3. Sally Allen says:

    Amy,  I’m so sorry.  We just heard about Jens yesterday in class.  We will be praying for you, Jens, and Koren.  Please keep us posted on everything.

    Sally

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