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Tracy9
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Blake and Cody spent all day yesterday at CT Children's Medical Center, Cody was finally diagnosed with the Swine Flu. Cody kept saying, "What if I have a line infection?" concerned about his 104 temp, and I said, "you don't, because you are coughing, runny nose, you have the flu."

Blake also has the flu. And of course I've been herxing for 3 weeks or so since starting IV Claforan and feeling unable to move.

Today I woke up at 7 am feeling better! I think the IV Claforan might be my saving grace...but boy that herx is nothing I'll forget anytime soon. Not sure it's completely over, but definitely on its way out. Perfect bed day for a sick family. Cool and rainy. Everyone is sleeping and I'm going back to sleep. Fast forward a couple hours......

The peaceful picture was broken by the phone ringing off the hook, eventually awakening us. It was CT Children's Hospital calling to tell us Cody has a very bad line infection. The bacteria grew in less than 12 hours, not the usual 48. We needed to rush him right back there for line to be pulled, be evaluated for sepsis, be put on additional IV abx, and possible admission.

I was groggy because I had taken a sleep med to catch up on rest so out the door Blake went with Cody. I will go there if he needs admission. I am scared.

Poor Cody just sobbed and said "I am NOT doing this anymore. I am NOT getting another PICC line. I am all done with this." For those who don't know, this is his second line infection, but MUCH worse than his first. His first did not need to be treated with anything.

He overheard Blake and I discussing how much worse this one was, how he may have had it for days without us knowing because he had the flu too, how concerned the doctor was (we were called by the same doc who pulled his first line)....I tried to reassure him and told him maybe this time Dr Jones will order a chest port, he said NO WAY I AM DONE.

I said Cody, not getting treatment is NOT an option for you. But we will talk about that later, right now you need to go.

Scary when the doctor calls and basically tells you to get your kid there as fast as you can. Please God don't let this damned swine flu or this bad line infection (gram negative if that means anything) be too bad.

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Oh my gosh Tracy. I am thinking of all of you, especially Cody. Please keep us posted.

In my thoughts,
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My heart goes out to you.

Ask your doctor about trying IV Augmentin AND

an antihistamine.

May God watch over and help Cody to fight these infections!

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Tracy, I'll be thinking of you and your family. Try to keep us updated, ok?

Poor Cody - he's such a strong kid and he's been through so much.

I'm sorry he has to be put through this!

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Praying for you and your family.
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tracy, hon, would your kids like a care package? maybe some goodies, movies, games,etc.?

sometimes getting something in the mail addressed to them might make them feel a little better.

you've helped me out countless times and it's the least i can do for you and your family.

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you and your family will be on my mind and in our prayers

i am so sorry this is happening

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Prayers something good comes from this.

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unable to identify.Igenex Jan.09IFA titer 1:40 IND
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Tracy9
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Randi, that is so sweet, I am sure they would love that.

Does anyone know anything about "Gram Negative?" That is all I know so far and when I looked it up online it clearly is worse than "Gram Positive" and is what leads to sepsis and all the bad and scary things.

Poor Cody; how scared he must be...yet he has to push forward somehow. I'm thinking Dr. J might go for a port next.

I'm scared.

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Tracy9
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Randi, Our address is:

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Again, that is very sweet of you. Money has been non existent, what a thoughtful idea.

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[ 10-28-2009, 05:38 PM: Message edited by: Jenifer ]

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Tracy9,

I'm sorry to hear about this bad news. I hope all works out in the end. How scary! [Frown]

Just a FYI, I seriously would take your mailing address off ASAP. That's a very, very unsafe thing to do online.

Best wishes.

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Tracy - I agree with seek - take your address off.

If anyone needs it, they can PM you.

You don't want just anyone getting your address, especially with kids in the house.

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tracy, please remove asap.

if there's something they want pm me privately.

(same goes for anyone wanting care packages, please do so privately. i want to make sure YOU are safe first.)

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I treated my line infection applying DMSO mixed with colloidal silver and antibiotics. Waited for at least 6 hours then applied DMSO mixed with MMS (clo2). Wait at least another 6 hours before redoing. Careful, as the MMS will go systemic, and just a little goes a long way. You can soak a bandage and apply it if needed. The MMS/DMSO also worked very well on a recent spider bite. best of luck
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Wow!

Tracy get to that hospital and don't wait.
Have them pull that line!
Get him treated for sepsis!

I would not do any more PICC lines.
It's too risky and too much for a kid to handle. You tried. There are oral combinations that will work, and hopefully he can use Bicillin, because it can be just as effective as IV therapy.

Most importantly, make sure they culture that IV line tip and find out exactly which organism it is and then do a sensitivity to determine which antibiotic will work against the germ found.

Focus on the current infections and dont worry about Lyme until after he has recovered!!

He has the swine flu plus a picc line infection, he needs meds and should probably be admitted indeed.

Keep us posted but get your rest too!!!!
Stay strong!

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jennifer, or anyone, if tracy is caught up in all this, can you please edit her post asap?

she's probably really busy and all and may not be checking for while.

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Tracy,

I'm so sorry to hear about your child. Please keep us posted on what happens.

I just returned from my doctor's office when he implied that maybe I should have had a PICC line instead of the port I just had put in (oops). I thought what in the heck am I doing.

Your email has made me think that maybe the port will be better as far as infection is concerned.

I'll be praying for you.

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i REPORTED tracy's post asking jenifer to remove....she comes on daily checking the REPORT POSTS; unknown time but daily.


tracy and family,

putting you all in my thoughts and prayers that this will turn around for the BETTER SOON


i went to NIH's medical library typing in the phrase you used above and got this link with lots of info ... too much!


http://vsearch.nlm.nih.gov/vivisimo/cgi-bin/query-meta?v%3Aproject=medlineplus&query=Gram+Negative

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I would be RUNNING from those PICC lines, not walking Tracy as I've said over and over again in your threads. Just too much risk given your family's situation. It appears you are all very sick so you're putting yourself and your family in jeopardy if the other is so ill they can't drive, function, etc. PLEASE think about this.

I'm shocked the treating LLMD doesn't see this angle.

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Tracey - so sorry to hear this. I will be thinking of you all and praying he gets better ASAP.

Keep us posted when you have time.

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Tracey- Sorry to hear this. Will keep you all in my prayers. Hope it all turns out well.
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Praying for Cody!!!!!!!!!!!

Praying for all of you!

I am so sorry this is happening.

Praying for the very best outcome.

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Tracy,

Oh no! So sorry to hear. [Frown]

It sounds like a port will be the way to go. He might actually like the fact that it can be "de-accessed" for things like swimming. (unless I'm mistaken, but I am pretty sure).

I'm sure the hospital will know the best drug to put him on for his infection. I would trust them.

Prayers to Cody and the whole fam!

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