With regards to my grandson: I spent most of last night at the hospital. I got the opportunity to look over his labs, and they all looked as normal as any child’s. The doctors were performing every test imaginable. He now has a feeding tube, and has been having seizures off and on all day.

They believe that they have finally identified the culprit, and the news is not promising for full recovery. It looks like he has acute flaccid myelitis caused by his being infected with a strain of enterovirus called EV-D68. From what doctors can tell from examining him during the short periods of time that his eyes are open, it looks like his left arm is not working.

It appears like the virus has been hitting children in the US pretty hard for the past few weeks. There is no vaccine, and there is no real treatment. In my grandson’s case, permanent paralysis and even death are possible. If it is in fact determined that this is what he has, the best we can hope for is permanent paralysis of at least one of his limbs. What a tough thing for a six year old child. My heart breaks for my daughter.

For now, they are starting him on a course of corticosteroids, continuing the IV immunoglobulins, and they will be transferring him to UF Shands in Gainesville for more care. Transferring him to Shands is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a great hospital, but the fact that he needs to go there is not good news. It’s serious enough that the CEO of the hospital where he currently is has personally gotten involved with the case.

I can’t visit tonight, as the ICU only allows for three people to visit at a time, and one of them is of course my daughter, so the family is setting up visitation schedules.

For now, we await the results of the testing.

Categories: My Grandson


Princess Cutekitten · October 19, 2022 at 4:53 pm

Praying for him beating the odds and making a full recovery.

Big Country Expat · October 19, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Maaaaaaaaaan. Prayers for the lil Dude. NOT cool at all. How does one get infected/exposed to such nastiness?

BobF · October 19, 2022 at 5:13 pm

If only we could reserve the serious side of life to adults and leave the children to enjoy it. Was in hopes of reading more promising news. Best hope and thoughts to all.

Jen · October 19, 2022 at 5:14 pm

I’m so sorry! Thank you for the update, we’ll keep praying for a good outcome.

joe · October 19, 2022 at 5:20 pm

prayers DM…

CA · October 19, 2022 at 5:29 pm

Godspeed to you all

Chipmunk · October 19, 2022 at 5:35 pm

Continuing to pray for him, the family, and the medical team.

Anonymous · October 19, 2022 at 6:00 pm

Prayers…continuing prayers.

If you wouldn’t mind sharing his first name, I think many would lifting his name up.

mind4usa · October 19, 2022 at 6:13 pm

I shall pray for the little man and his family, may GOD give you, Him, his Mom and family his Strength.

Aesop · October 19, 2022 at 6:14 pm

Focus on important things.
Blogging under these circumstances can wait until Hell freezes over.
The internet’s not going anywhere.
May God be with your grandson and you family.

ScottTN · October 19, 2022 at 6:18 pm


Captain Obvious · October 19, 2022 at 7:15 pm

I wonder if having no border and never vaccinated people coming across will have any impact on public health?

dan · October 19, 2022 at 7:30 pm

I speak complete healing and restoration over your grandson. I speak against this evil invader in his body that it must go. I declare all of this in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Be healed now!

Barefoot Peckerwood · October 19, 2022 at 7:34 pm

Continued prayers your you and your family

    Anonymous · October 19, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    I join everyone in sending heartfelt prayers.

Mike Hendrix · October 19, 2022 at 7:42 pm

May the Lord watch over you all, DM.

Anonymous · October 19, 2022 at 8:27 pm

Prayers up.

Tim Smith · October 19, 2022 at 8:38 pm

Your grandson is blessed to have a grandpa who is a very competent medical practitioner. But go easy on yourself man…. You’re not a miracle worker. That’s HIs job, and His ways are past finding out.

Tom762 · October 19, 2022 at 9:11 pm

Very sad news, Divemedic. We are thinking of him and the family. Wow.


Ratus · October 20, 2022 at 4:11 am

Prayers for your grandson and the rest of the family.

I hope that he has a complete and quick recovery.

Elrod · October 20, 2022 at 5:39 am

More prayers and hope that between the Almighty and the best that medical science has under His guidance he’ll not just pull through but come fully back to prosper.

a · October 20, 2022 at 6:08 am

You might consider giving him ivermectin. It works against a number of viruses. Its safe and you may have little to lose. I wish you the best. Think outside the box for treatment.

FLCCC for Kung Flu dosages. https://covid19criticalcare.com/

a · October 20, 2022 at 6:23 am

Ran across this and thought of you/your grandson at Dr James Olsson’s site: https://nitter.net/DrJamesOlsson

Myasthenia Gravis (MG)

MG causes WEAKNESS in MUSCLES that control the eyes, face, neck, and limbs. Symptoms include partial paralysis of eye movements, double vision, droopy eyelids, also weakness and fatigue in the neck and jaw with problems chewing, swallowing, and holding up the head.

Many people with MG have THYMUS GLAND conditions that may bring on MG. THYMUS is a small organ in the UPPER CHEST that’s part of LYMPHATIC SYSTEM. It makes WBC’s that fight infections. 2/3 of young people w/MG have overactive THYMIC cells (Thymic HYPERPLASIA).

Cause of Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is unclear. Researchers suspect viruses or bacteria might trigger the AUTOIMMUNE response; the THYMUS gland also seems to sometimes play a role in the disease. About 10% to 15% of those with MG have an underlying THYMOMA, a Thymic Tumor.

DBM · October 20, 2022 at 6:47 am

Continuing to pray.

Bear Claw · October 20, 2022 at 7:31 am

Praying for a God’s healing touch miracle.

Toirdhealbheach Beucail · October 20, 2022 at 7:54 am

Prayers Up.

Jonesy · October 20, 2022 at 9:42 am

Continued prayers for a recovery

Old School Spook · October 20, 2022 at 11:50 am

Prayers for your grandson and your family.

Outlier · October 21, 2022 at 3:43 pm

If he was vaxxed you should try to get his parents to submit a report to the VAERs database. Spreading the knowledge can help prevent this type of thing from happening to other children.

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