Well I can thank this board for another heads up on what to be aware of...and I'm thanking Janet for her brave fight and post because I never really knew what the symptoms of meningitis were until we nearly lost her over it. Dude called last night complaining of throwing up, fever, major headache, muscle aches, muscle stiffness when he moved his head and said it felt like he was on fire. He said he tried to eat at noon but felt so weak and by six oclock was so miserable he had no idea what came over him. By nine he said he could hardly move. The foster family had gone to do a CHristian puppet show and locked him out of the house at 9:00 AM. SInce he didn't want to go - he was on his own. They wouldn't return until 1:00 AM. ??? We went and got him at 10:00 and he was sitting in a truck outside the house that didn't run. The neighbors were taking care of him. Hospital took blood ran tests, thought like we did - possible meningitis - started him on fluids and he was severely dehydrated. They gave him medicine for nausea, and something for the headache. Tests came back negative - whiteblood count normal - all looked good. Just severely dehydrated. Said his anxiety had a lot to do with it. Get some help - got a referral. I don't know if he'll make an appointment or not. (detach detach detach) He called the foster family at 1:00 to tell them he was at the ER and they said they were tired and were going to bed, locking the door. He asked if they would leave the door open - they said - Nope...going to bed. He told us that the lady who is over the foster care came to see him and took him out of the house and asked him about the police report that anonymously got mailed to her (crazy neighbor lady) apparently fosters did not report THAT - but DID report everything else in asmuch as Dude not coming home that night? Ya think? She said she was moving, and wants to get him out of that home. So there may be a place that has effeciency apartments in town with other kids like ours, that he likes and is going to try to move there. It's on the bus line - closer to jobs...so we'll see. Keep your fingers crossed. He said that this family won't stop the teasing - they took his dog and we're not sure what they did with Rudy - but he's gone. He fixed the pen up outside - fed and watered him - and this will be the 4th dog they have "gotten rid of" Pootie was one of them too. They tell him he can have a dog - and then they put his dogs in a car and get rid of them. The daughter who is well over 400 lbs is still silently threatening to hit him and choke him - she just does it when her parents are not looking - and her live in boy friend who is 38 years old and twice Dudes size still have not stopped with their wise cracks and antics messing with his stuff, and himand - Dude said he can't take any more. He said the entire family thinks its funny and now it's almost become a game to tease him about everything - HE comes home - his bedroom door is open, and his stuff is gone through - his room has no a/c and they refuse to fix the vent. And I'm trying very hard to stay out of it all and let him handle it. I also know that every story has 3 sides - but we have caught the fosters in just about as many 1/2 truths if not more than Dude. That's just sad. WE figure he's just a pay check and as long as he's not staying there? THey don't care - they still get their money no matter where he stays. I told DF this morning - that I think it would be nice the next time these people lock Dude out of the house and go to a Christian Puppet show - that Dude would get all his clothes, his stuff, and pack up - leave and let them figure out where they are going to try to get the next $1500.00+ paycheck from because - the foster care agency said they won't renew their contract after this. Dude said he's got a lot of stuff to tell DSS - about the day care - and me? I'm staying out of it all together. I think maybe I'll finally have something to contribute worthwhile to the archives after this...a new detachment for the list. I figure crazy neighbor lady is going to get the blame for it all.