This is the ending to the story.........
Austin continued to get better each day. He started taking some of his medicine by mouth instead of IV but he had to continue his antibiotics through the IV to finish out his 14 day dose.
He got very bored in the hospital. I brought him some toys but he just wanted to go places. On Sunday night the 12th of June, he got his last dose of antibiotics. WHOOO HOOO!
We were released on Monday morning to go home. That was so wonderful to leave the hospital with him. Although he was still on oxygen, the kids were so excited to have him home.
The day before we left the hospital I found a tooth in his mouth. All he had been through and he got a tooth also. What a deal. Two for the price of one. Ha Ha!
Two days later we took him back for a check up. He was perfect! He got off of his oxygen and he is completely back to hiself, rolling, sitting up, eating everything in sight, and sleeping through the night. Yeah, no nurses to wake him up every 4 hours! The only thing that he needs to continue is his 2 anti-seizure medications twice a day. He will be on these for at least six months and then we will return to phoenix for an appointment with the neurologist to see if he can discontinue the medications.
Austin has been home now for a couple of weeks. He is doing great! He acts like nothing happened. That is such a miracle!
The Lord truly has blessed our family in the last couple of weeks. I feel like it's a miracle that he doesn't have any permanent damage. I have someone tell me nearly daily about someone that they know who had meningitis and they have some sort of lasting effects. We are so blessed for all of your prayers and faith in our behalf. Thank you!!!