This latest infection was pretty intense. David had high fevers for 5 days total making it seem as if the fevers were never going to go away to him and to us. It was stressful for me to stay on top of the Tylenol/ibuprofen cycle to maintain a full-strength level of an anti-pyrectic in David's body at all time because even with that, David's fevers soared to above 103, particularly in the evenings. David would wake up in the middle of the night burning up with a fever waking me up 1-2 times nightly making it so hard for me to function not to mention allow my body to fight the cold I had been fighting since last Monday.
My heart nearly broke when David asked me by the 4th night if he was going to die. I reassured him that God was in control and that his fevers were being controlled and that he would not die from his fevers at this point. David then asked why God wasn't answering his prayers since each day he was praying and asking God to take away his fevers. I then reminded him that sometimes God answers, "Wait." He seemed content with our discussion. When he woke up on the 6th day completely fever free and having had slept through the entire night, he was quick to tell me that now God answered his prayers, "Yes!" David's lung function has improved and he has been able to be weaned from his twice a day nebulizer treatments as well. After missing school Friday and Monday, David had a lot of make-up work to do. He has had such a good spirit about working so faithfully on his class work and is almost completely finished. Thankfully, his teacher gave him a few days to complete it.
This afternoon, David will be getting his 6th antibody blood transfusion, the last of the twice/week transfusions. Next week, he starts getting the transfusions once a week from here on out unless his body starts to kick into gear and starts producing a sufficient amount of antibodies on its own.
After next week, his body should be at a therapeutic antibody level and capable of fighting off infection, so time will tell whether these transfusions are working or not. Shortly after that, he will be weaned off his prophylactic antibiotic to see if the transfusions are sufficient.
|David loves to dress up and was excited to get this Captain America costume for his birthday as well as the helmet and shield. This picture was taken 4 days before his body came down with the infection|