Friday, November 03, 2006


He had a fever for three days, a headache, a stomach ache and no appetite. I chocked it up to normal kid life, especially after a long trip. The symptoms improved over three days but then he couldn’t turn his head or look down or up. His back hurt. His shoulders started draping forwards and he couldn’t pull them back. Maybe he slept in a bad position? I tried that idea on but after two and half days I took him to the emergency room (dr.s’ offices close Wednesday afternoons in Germany). And bang he was checked into the hospital. I never thought of meningitis. I didn’t know what to think. I figured I was pretty much overreacting but thank god I did. He’s going to be fine, but has to stay in the hospital into next week. They let a parent stay with him so we’re taking turns. They think he got meningitis from a tick in NY state. He was bitten by at least two ticks. I mentioned Lyme disease to the doctors and asked them to keep it in mind while doing tests, since there is no Lyme disease in Germany.


michi said...

oh no! :( how are things now?
good thing you had it checked.
good vibes from me here ...

m, too

SarahJane said...

thanks michi. he's doing fine but has to stay in the hospital. ugh. nevertheless, glad we checked it out.

Ash said...

Good thoughts coming your way. Man, when your kids are sick, you just feel the worst--I know. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

No Lyme in Germany? Not true - and you can't always rely on test results to rule it out. Those symptoms are classic for Lyme.

The journal Euro Surveillance (April 2005) had an article entitled Surveillance of Lyme borreliosis in Germany, 2002 and 2003.

"Lyme borreliosis is a potentially serious infection common in Germany, but little data about its incidence, distribution, and clinical manifestations are available..."

More on that study here.

For good information about Lyme disease please see:
ILADS Basic Information about Lyme Disease
EuroLyme online support group

Best wishes.

SarahJane said...

dear anonymous -
thanks for the info. the doctor told me yesterday, too, that indeed there is now lyme disease in germany. i will certainly look at the study.

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