I've had e-mails from several of you, so thought I ought to post a quick Nathan update.
Spoke to the nurse from our Dr.s office yesterday. Nathan's bloodwork for tick-related illnesses all came back negative! These tests are not 100 % accurate, but it is a good start. Unfortunately, his lymph nodes haven't changed, and he still has pea-sized knots running down the left side of his neck. Thankfully, he doesn't have any other symptoms of illness. After a consult with the Dr., I was offered a round of amoxicillin to have a stab at treating whatever it is that Nathan's body is trying to fight. But, for now, I have turned it down. We have absolutely no idea if what he has is viral or bacterial, so no way to know if the amoxicillin would be effective. And, antibiotics are a great thing, but I don't like to use them unless absolutely necessary. So, for now, we will continue to watch him closely and give him another couple of weeks to see if the lymph nodes resolve themselves. With some viral illnesses, it isn't uncommon for lymph nodes to remain swollen for 3-4 weeks. And, as he has no other symptoms, his body must be doing a good job of fighting off whatever it is.
If the swelling hasn't resolved within a couple of weeks(or if he develops other symptoms), then it will be back to the Dr.s office for more bloodwork. But, for now, I'll just keep an eye on him; which he will be absolutely unthankful for! He is definitely sick of Mommy palpating his neck every evening.