Matthew was discharged from the hospital this morning. He had a restful night, and was rehydrated, happy, and playful this morning. He is still having quite a bit of diarrhea, but we are able to keep him hydrated at home now.
The doctors discovered that he has rotavirus – a nasty bug that often causes severe vomiting and diarrhea in little ones. Most kids are vaccinated for it now, but the vaccine has to be given in the first months of life (2mo, 4mo, and 6mo) – it is not effective if given to older babies. Matthew didn’t get the vaccine because we didn’t vaccinate him when he was on Hospice. We caught up on all the other immunizations, but he was too old for rotavirus at that point. (The doctors didn’t know if his immune system could handle vaccines when he was so sick – there was a chance the vaccines could actually make him very, very ill! Besides – what’s the point of vaccinating a dying baby??)
The good news is that Micah and Jesse ARE vaccinated, so they will be safe from this one. Thank You, Thank You, Lord!!!
Now, we all just have to get rested up and recovered – we’re glad to have the weekend. Many, many thanks to everyone who has helped out, and everyone who has been praying for us and supporting us through this. I can’t tell you enough how much we appreciate it.