Paging Dr….

For the past two weeks, every member of our family has battled colds. Mary succumbed first, but has achieved nearly a full recovery. I was second, then Luke, then Mikki, but the three of us have not recovered.

Today, Luke slept nearly the entire day, and when he awoke early this evening, he let out a cry which prompted us to take his temperature. 104.

Luke’s condition includes very weak swallowing muscles which react more slowly than in a typical person. This decreased reaction time makes him more susceptible to aspirating thin liquids. The combination of week-long cough and high fever spurred a trip to the ER.

The short version is that after less than two hours, a flu test, and a chest x-ray, the doctor decided Luke had neither the flu nor pneumonia. Diagnosis? Bronchitis and ear infection to be treated with antibiotics.

As a side note, I brought Luke’s entire medical history on a jump drive for quick access. The doctor decided he didn’t need to see it, so I explained Prader-Willi Syndrome in a 30 second elevator speech. A couple minutes later, the doctor asked, “has he been pulling on his ears?” I responded politely, “He doesn’t know he has ears, and if he did, he wouldn’t have the strength to pull on them. So, no. He hasn’t been pulling on his ears.” The doctor said nothing.

The doc said it was fine to continue with our travel plans for Christmas, that the antibiotics would help Luke feel better quickly and help rid his body of any infection.