All seemed well until today, Friday. While I was at work, Steph found he was running a fever of about 101.5. She took him to his local pediatrician who, after three needle attempts, took some blood. It was discovered that Quinn had a high white blood cell count, indicative of a possible infection somewhere in his body. The doctor told us to take him up to the Providence hospital emergency room to get looked over. As soon as I finished my drive home from work, the family hopped in the car and headed for Providence.
Five attempts with the needle to successfully get an line into Quinn's small veins. I'm glad that he is so young that he doesn't know when he's about to be stuck and tweaked around. He only cries when it hurts. Next up was a spinal tap to test for meningitis. I knew he wasn't going to like this. Steph left the room having no desire to watch. Quinn was stripped naked and held tightly on a table hunched over into a ball. The first needle into his back produced only blood and no spinal fluid was able to be extracted. The next attempt made it into his spinal cord, and I got my first view of what spinal fluid looks like. I stood off to the side and whipped away at Quinn's naked little bum as he cried and soiled the table. Not at all how I imagined spending the evening.
I won't jump to any conclusions, and neither will the doctors. A fever and a high white blood cell count could mean any number of things, and the doctors won't have the full blood test results for another 48 hrs. He has been admitted to stay over the weekend under observation, and placed on antibiotics. It is a little sad to see him back here after having him home. A lot of precautionary measures have been taken today, and I know you can never be too careful with an infant who has had surgeries. But I sure would like to see him avoid any more spinal taps, at least until he is old enough for local anesthetic.
Other than these symptoms, Quinn looks very good, active, and doesn't cry very much. If it happens that he does have an illness, I will postpone the celebration in Mystic. I will let you know what the doctors find out.