“There’s two of you Mom.”
When Julie Horst heard that from her 8-year-old son, Ethan, on a Saturday morning in mid-June, she knew it was time to make the drive from her Lehighton home to the Breidegam Family Children’s ER at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest as soon as possible.
“Ethan had episodes of nausea and headaches since right around the end of school in late May,” Julie Horst says of her then second grader at Lehighton Elementary Center. “The school nurse had called me following afternoon recess one day and said something wasn’t right with him. We had taken him to our family doctor and his initial tests looked normal. But Ethan was vomiting every few days and the headaches seemed to be getting worse. Our doctor told us to get him to the ER if this continued a few more days.”