When we lived in New York my oldest son, Patrick would wind up with a fever every six weeks. This started in 2007 when he was about nine years old and our doctor couldn’t figure out what was causing it. Needless to say I was not a happy Mommy!
There were no other symptoms like there would be if he had had the flu. No body aches, no vomiting . . . nothing. The only other symptom he had was that his throat would close off like it would with bronchitis. Our doctor ruled out tonsillitis because even though Patrick’s throat would close up it didn’t hurt and there were no swollen glands.
After the first few visits it was obvious that they weren’t going to do anything further to try and find the cause. The only time he ever wound up in the emergency room was when one of his fevers hit 106. Yes . . . 106! I had never seen my son more miserable than he was that day . . . except when I have to take away his Xbox for not doing well in school . . . now that is misery!
Fast forward two years to 2009. We moved to South Carolina in 2008 and his fevers continued. We found a wonderful physicians practice in our new town and we were placed with the Nurse Practitioner, Amanda.
I don’t know if she was more thorough because she wasn’t a doctor, but she asked questions that even our doctor in New York never asked. She was very concerned that it was happening on such a regular basis but without the usual flu symptoms. We told her that our New York doctor ruled out tonsillitis because there were no symptoms except for his throat closing off.
Amanda ordered every test she could come up with and it turns out that our culprit was indeed tonsillitis. His white blood cell count was very low and that was never caught in New York. Patrick was scheduled for a tonsillectomy and an adenoidectomy. He’s been fine ever since. Now, when he gets a fever it’s because there’s “something going around”.
When you have seven people in a family there is always something going around! My kids now get a daily dose of 500 milligrams of Vitamin C and there’s been a lot less of “something going around” than there used to be.
Kathleen is a mom to four boys and two girls and has two adorable granddaughters (and a nutty husband named Bart). When she doesn’t have her nose in a book she writes about baking and cooking; her specialty is crock pot recipes. You can find her writings at Taking Time for Mommy – Online Magazine for Moms. Follow her on Facebook and her Blog