Cole Update 7 (Wednesday)
Well, praise the Lord, we are home! All of the Lawrences will finally be under one roof again tonight and it feels pretty great! We were able to come home this afternoon, one day shy of a week in the hospital. Let me say that as far as care and kindness is concerned, Children’s Health Care of Atlanta at Egelston was great. They made our stay there as comfortable as could be expected and for that we are grateful. It was an experience from which we learned quite a bit.
The results we were expecting today did not come back conclusive, yet the doctor feels very confident in his diagnosis and therefore has given us the antibiotic that corresponds with the bacteria. Tuleremia is what they say Cole has contracted. You can “google” it and see it for yourself, but in laymen’s terms, it’s an infection that is caused by handling animals that are dead. Since the diagnosis, I’ve heard of people even getting it from deer, squirrels, tick bites and of course rabbits. That is how we believe he got it, since we had just gone rabbit hunting in the time frame it appeared. After bagging a rabbit, you put it in your game coat, take ’em out, hold ’em up for pics, then skin ’em. What probably happened is that he rub his eye or face in the process and there you go. The good thing is that it is treatable and non-transferable. There is no fear that any of our other children will get it, which is good.
They sent him home with the IV because that is the only antibiotic form we can get. I think he has 10 days of treatment, 3 times a day, 8 hours apart. The good news is that we are able to do it at home and we are all together again. Mom’s good.
I’d like to thank once again everyone who has inquired and prayed for our son, as well as all the meals, cards, etc that have been given during this time. We were able to be recipients of the love of the Victory Baptist Church (as well as other churches and friends) Again, thank you!