GoThe Back Story

June 4, 2014, 6:07 a.m.

A healthy baby boy was born. He weighed 7lbs 7.3 ounces and was 21 inches long.We named him Quincy Lamar Hudson. He was a pretty happy baby, no real complaints. During his first year everything seemed normal enough. He was starting to crawl, talk, and take his first steps progressing like any normal child. About 4 months after his first birthday, October 10, 2015 11:25 p.m. Quincy got sick for the first time. He was sleeping for 18 to 20 hours, and would only wake for 5 minutes at a time, then go right back to sleep. His mom took him to our local E.R. where they told her Quincy had an upper respiratory infection. She brought him home and we just kept an eye on him. Around 3 a.m. on October 11, 2015, Quincy woke up and started couching up large globs of mucus. We immediately took him back to our local E.R. where the same ignorant doctor told us he has an upper respiratory infection, and he’s perfectly fine. Needless to say we weren’t buying that for a moment. We took Quincy to another E.R. a few miles away from us. They gave Quincy a quick check and shipped us to Cleveland Rainbows Children’s Hospital.

October 11, 2015

Quincy’s first hospital stay was stressful to say the least. The first night at Rainbows Children’s Hospital the doctors started Quincy on I.V. fluids because he was not staying awake long enough to get fluids in him on his own. October 12, Quincy went for a MRI, and lumbar puncture. From his MRI and lumbar puncture results the doctors determined that Quincy had encephalitis. The doctors told us that encephalitis is usually a one time event and that corticosteriods would reduce the inflammation and the encephalitis would go away. Doctors started Quincy on intravenous high dose steroids, and after a couple of days of being on the steroids Quincy started to recover. Quincy was able to stay awake for more than 5 minutes at a time, yet he was still very weak and shaky from the encephalitis. Around the 4th day on steroids he was able to get up and walk around and was acting more like his normal self. Quincy was still a little weak from the whole ordeal, but his mother and me were just happy that he recovered. October 17, the doctors gave Quincy his last dose of I.V. steroids and discharged us from the hospital. The doctors prescribed oral steroids for a week and told us to follow up with Quincy’s pediatrician.

MRI Scan Definition. Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a diagnostic technique that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce a detailed image of the body’s soft tissue and bones. An MRI images the spine by using a magnet that goes around the body to excite hydrogen atoms.

lum·bar punc·ture

noun

MEDICINE

  1. the procedure of taking fluid from the spine in the lower back through a hollow needle, usually done for diagnostic purposes.

  2. cor·ti·co·ster·oid

    ˌkôrdəkōˈsteroid,ˌkôrdəkōˈstiroid/

    noun

    BIOCHEMISTRY

    1. any of a group of steroid hormones produced in the adrenal cortex or made synthetically. There are two kinds: glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids. They have various metabolic functions and some are used to treat inflammation.

    2. en·ceph·a·li·tis

      enˌsefəˈlīdəs/

      noun

      1. inflammation of the brain, caused by infection or an allergic reaction.

    3. October 30, 2015
    4. Quincy started to lose his balance, and was sleeping a lot more th
    5. an usual. His mother called the doctor’s at Rainbows and the doctor’s told us to bring Quincy to the hospital. Once again we were on our way back Cleveland Rainbows Children’s Hospital.Quincy was ad
    6. mitted, and the doctors started him on I.V. fluids. The next morning the doctors scheduled Quincy to get another MRi, and lumbar puncture. (These procedures are very taxing on a one year old to go through) Quincy was taken down to sedation so they could put him under for his MRI and lumbar puncture.(I forgot to mention that they sedate Quincy whenever he has to get a MRI.) The doctors check the images from Quincy MRI, and they determine that it is still encephalitis,. The doctors start Quincy on a higher dose of I.V. steroids, and within a couple of days Quincy bounces back to his normal self. November 4, 2015 Quincy receives his last dose of I.V. steroids and we are discharged from the hospital. The doctors prescribe Quincy a higher dose of oral steroids and tell us to call them if anything else happens.

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