At the beginning. Drew got mononucleosis on August 9th. He was super fatigued & had typical mono symptoms. On August 21st he flew down to Orlando to spend sometime with me before heading back overseas. The next day- Sunday, he started to decline- feeling nauseous and was really dehydrated. He went to the ER on Sunday night. They pretty much said that he had mono bad- gave him fluids, pain medication and sent him home. The next day he got worse with the same symptoms plus throwing up. We returned to the ER on Monday night. They said the same thing- gave him more fluids, took more blood, gave him nausea medication and sent him home. Tuesday was a long day where I prayed and prayed he was getting better. I am an eternal optimist so I was sure he was recovering.
Wednesday he was worse again, and his mom- Julia flew in around 6pm. He asked to go back to the ER (for the third time!). We agreed and took him right in. This time was the worst- he couldn't walk and was admitted immediately. He had mono + dehydration + jaundice + nausea + pain + tingling all over his body. After that it is somewhat of a blur. Drew's dad, John flew in Friday night. Drew has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Feel free to read up and ask questions if you like.
With GBS it attacks the body's nervous system, creating temporary paralysis starting at the toes and working it's way up and eventually recedes. Every case is different and some are much more severe than others. Drew has many ups and downs- he goes through intense pain and nausea often. I have lost count of the blood tests, ultrasounds, CT scans, MRI's, and x-rays.
Where Drew is now: In ICU @ Winter Park Memorial where he is on pain meds, nausea meds, blood clotting meds, potassium, fluids, IVIG (Intravenous immunoglobulin), and receiving Plasmapheresis today. The numbness (paralysis) has reached his face- he is having trouble swallowing and breathing. They are ready to give him a breathing tube if needed.
I am not a doctor so please forgive any medical terminology I screwed up. God has given John, Julia and I lots of strength and we appreciate your prayers so much. We know that God is sovereign in this and we trust Him with Drew and what lies ahead. We will do our best to update this blog when we have information.
Lots of Love,
Whitney, John & Julia