At 7:30pm when I called him in for his bath, I noticed a golf-ball sized swollen bump on the back of his head. I called Brian in to have a look and we both agreed that even though he didn't have symptoms of anything serious, he should get checked out. Trust me, the last thing I want to be doing at 7:30pm on a Saturday night is going to emerg with my 4 year old, when I should be tucking my kids into bed on time so they can be ready for church in the morning. But with the 4 year old being on blood thinners, you can never be too cautious.
ER Dr looked him over, looked into his eyes, checked his limbs for signs of weakness or tingling, asked him a bunch of questions, and then sent us on our way with instructions to wake him up every 2 hours though the night just to be safe. He said if we have any concerns overnight or if he's irritable in the morning, don't hesitate to come back in and they would do a CT scan. That's really the only sure-tell way to diagnose a brain bleed. But they would have to sedate Tyson for 3-4 hours and since it's a lot of radiation, they don't just do CT scans when the child is showing no serious symptoms.
When we started putting on our sweaters to leave, Tyson was shocked and said, "Huh? We get to go home??" Yes, buddy. This time we do :)
|This picture shows the swelling, but it really was even worse than what this picture shows. It was hard to get a good angle on the camera.|
|The next morning the swelling had gone down but he was left with a big purple bruise.|
Other than the cough, Tyson is continuing to challenge us and humour us all at the same time. I know his Kindergarten teacher has her work cut out for her, but we are trying as hard as we can to prepare him for how to function appropriately in the classroom. We feel so nervous and so blessed at the same time about Tyson going to Kindergarten.
Tyson will be starting soccer this summer with his peers in our school soccer league. I am curious to see how he keeps up with other kids his age, as this would be a very good gauge as to how his energy compares to others. We are used to Tyson being Tyson and so it can be difficult to answer his cardiologist when he asks us how Tyson compares to others his age. I know he has lots of energy bursts, but these are usually quite short-lived because Tyson knows his limits and knows when his body is telling him it's time to stop. At any rate, we are excited that Tyson will be able to enjoy soccer with his friends.
We also got a new puppy last weekend! His name is Tazer and he's a male black lab pup. We're happy to have another member of the family, and Tyson loves to walk him around our yard and give him doggy treats when he sits on command. Pictures will be posted soon.
Till next time,