Patrick was still vomiting when we reached the ER where they took him right away and did blood tests. All the tests came back normal but he still had a high fever and was still vomiting so they decided to keep him in for the night. At this point they had no idea what was going on with him.
He was admitted and given a private room and as the night passed I could see the rash turning purple. They thought he had Fifth Disease so kept a close eye on him.
The next day another doctor came in and checked him again and said it was Fifth Disease. The doctor left the room and when I tried talking to Patrick he told me he couldn't hear me. I ran and told the doctor and Patrick was rushed out of room and given the test for meningitis. They came back and told me Patrick had bacterial meningitis. I couldn't believe what I was hearing as I knew this was very serious.
They told me the next 24 hours would tell and Patrick's rash had spread all over at this point. He was put on antibiotics and thank God they worked. Patrick had a full recovery and is now almost nine with no after effects. He gets a hearing test done every three months and to this point has had no problems.