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Email sent in to an Everest Family on June 1, 2010: "I typed kids get sick at oak mountain and your post came up. My son also became ill after a friday morning trip to the beach at oak mountain, High fever, diarrhea, fatigue. We found out today that he has strep throat and his doctor said that a few other families that had gone at the latter end of last week came in today reporting problems. I reported this to officials at Oak mountain and my son's Dr says they will be reporting all incidents of sickness they see to the Department of Health. Hopefully Oak Mountain will take this more seriously with families not related to the other group coming forward!
Email sent to Everest Academy on May 31, 2010:
Hi, My name is Rachel. I am one of the other parents, whose kids got sick, that was not with your group. I had blogged on al.com and was asked to contact you. I was told by ADPH that it was Noro Virus. (edited to exclude personal contact info)
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Lisa - We were there on Monday... 3 days before the party and waded and swam for 30 minutes... we had an awful stomach upset.. we did not know it was from the water... I guess we know now !!!
Sometime this past Sunday, a week later, Ellen (the oldest daughter, ~9yo) began developing small red "bumps" under the skin on her legs, which soon began turning purple/blue like bruising. They took her to the ER and--here's the scariest part--the Dr' thought she had leukemia. They did all kinds of test, including a bone marrow test, and thankfully found no cancer. It was discovered that this was a reaction to the virus she had gotten at Oak Mtn. She had developed ITP* which is a blood disease causing the blood to not clot. The Dr's think this was triggered due to complications from the virus--her immune system confused the virus with her own blood platelets and began attacking and destroying them. She received anti-body treatment and was released from the hospital yesterday--under strict orders to avoid any activities that could possibly cause an injury. The worst part for Ellen is that she feels fine but can't even go out and ride a bike. :-(
Julie said they will revisit the hematologist in Chattanooga on Friday and hope to be released to return home. Once home they will have to follow up with a hematologist in the B'ham area, and it may take 6 mos to 1 year before everything is completely back to normal!
So, here we go with the first reports of residual problems from this issue with Oak Mtn that--in their opinion--was no big deal. Julie is not sure if they had the norovirus or the Aeromonas hydrophila (or possibly even something else) since they didn't go to the hospital until after they were over the Oak Mtn "ick". They are obviously thrilled that it was not leukemia but are still very irritated that Oak Mtn did not take this more seriously, since this proves that there can be complications for someone who was a perfectly healthy person before the incident.
Please keep the Potter family in your thoughts and prayers for an uncomplicated and quick recovery from this ordeal!
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