We wanted to give an update for those of you who have been praying for our son, Jeremiah. He has had a headache since our move here to Jupiter in August. We have had him treated once for a sinus infection (which helped briefly), and have also had him in to at least two other doctors who just sent him home and told us to keep giving him Ibuprofen. Well, last week, his headache became severe enough for him to really complain and beg me for medicine, and I was frustrated and decided to drag him to yet another walk in clinic. I was really hoping that they might simply decide he had a bad sinus infection again and treat him. (the pediatrician here has not been any help).
Well, as it turns out, I believe we did see the right doctor this time. When we arrived at the urgent care, Jeremiah threw up in the waiting area twice. (quite thrilling for the other kids in the waiting room! :) The doctor who saw us, looked right at me and said, "You need to have him evaluated. You have been given the run-around by so many doctors, and I am not willing to gamble on a child. We need to see what is going on inside his brain. In case. Just in case there is something going on, you need to know that." She was right, but I put Jeremiah back in his carseat, and just lost it. Even the thought of all of this was so overwhelming. And scary. And of course, in my mind I am telling myself not to imagine every possible scenario that might be playing itself out. Just "don't think about it" doesn't do any good. I prayed outloud the whole way home where we picked up Daniel and May and headed to the E.R.
Once we were there, we were taken back immediately and given a hall bed in their Pediatric Emergency Room. That was AMAZING. Every nurse and doctor only works with children, so they were so wonderful with him. When it came time for him to head back to get the CT Scan, I was holding Mailey on my lap, filling out paperwork, so they grabbed Daniel and Jeremiah and left. I prayed and cried, not knowing what was happening--whether he was scared or sick or what the machines looked like... It turns out, it was an "open scan," so there wasn't a tube he had to lay in or anything. In fact, they gave him a special "cape" and told him he was flying in a space ship! He loved it! :) Funny kid.
The doctor FINALLY came and told us that everything is his brain is totally NORMAL!!! They did a strep culture as well which was also completely normal. Some kids begin having headaches at an early age, though it's rare, and that seems to be what is going on. As for the throwing up, he started running a fever that night and had what was basically a tummy virus for about 24 hours and then it was gone. We were sent home after only a few hours, and I don't think Daniel or I have ever had a better night's sleep. Ever. :)
You can continue to pray for Jeremiah's headaches. It usually isn't severe enough to interfere with his activities, so I am just trying not to freak out and be anxious. I struggle with pretty horrible migraines, so it may just be starting early for him. We are THANKFUL TO JESUS that he doesn't have brain cancer or a brain tumor. But we also TRUST JESUS that He has our family in His hands. That doesn't change no matter what. I don't know whether his headaches are of a spiritual nature or not either. We have certainly prayed for God's healing and against spiritual attack against Jeremiah, and we have not yet seen his headaches stop. But we would love to have you pray with us. For healing. For protection against the enemy (for our children and us!). For faith and that God will use this to strengthen him and us as we keep believing and trusting in Jesus. No matter what. :)