Our "Little Man" James entered the AMC emergency room on 4/12/10 with a very rare strep type A blood infection, of which we had no idea as his pediatrician and first resident to see him said it was just a "stomach virus". He decompensated very quickly once we entered the ER and it became clear he was in kidney failure, he was septic, and was suffering from toxic shock all due to the strep group A entering his blood stream. Normally this bug would only result in a typical "sore" strep throat, however, if it finds it's way into the bloodstream it will wreak havoc. Unfortunately, James' left arm and right leg were amputated due to the damage done by the disease. An MRI revealed he had a stroke to the basal ganglia and suffered hypoxia of the cerebellum. The journey has been very harrowing, trying, & scary for James & his family. We have such a long road ahead of us, and are hoping for a full recovery. Our friends at AMC have been outstanding, most definitely saving his life for which we will always be grateful. James has a long road for recovery but our journey has just begun, please continue to pray for our "Little Man"
James has had a good month of October. School has continued to go well & James is a happy "Little Man". He experienced a problem with his access port for blood draws & as a result will probably have the port removed. The change of Seasons means James isn't able to spend as much time outdoors as he would like but he manages to stay busy indoors. Of course Halloween was again a big day as it would be for any 7 year old, however the weather could have been more cooperative. Despite the weather James donned his Iron Man costume & went Trick or Treating in the neighborhood with his sister Hope. They both had a great time & of course enjoyed eating their Halloween candy. With Halloween behind us the Holiday season kick off has begun. November is a busy month with several family birthdays with James mom & sister among them & of course culminating with Thanksgiving, an exciting time of anticipation for all including James. One of our traditions will be to take all the kids, James, Hope, & his cousins to the movies Friday after Thanksgiving for great time especially with popcorn & soda. James continues to do well, still trying to speak, very engaging, & most lovable. We hopefully will have a new aid starting this week which I believe will be a good fit for James, stay tuned. James continued progress is due to the prayerful support of all his family & friends so please continue to remember him in your prayers.