easy child spent two days in the hospital this past week - her DR thought she had viral meningitis. Scared the heck out of us. She had back pain, which we thought was due to a fall she took on our brick patio and her neck was stiff. She had a 203 fever, wicked bad chills, followed by sweating, was dizzy, had a debilitating headache and she puked...thus the suspicion of meningitis. I am glad they were cautious. Turns out her spinal fluid showed to be clear and free of any infections. Her urinalysis, however, showed trace amounts of bacteria. They had her on an IV drip of antibiotics, the first of which caused a horrible allergic reaction, but she's okay with that. She's now on Cipro and they sent her home. Her back is killing her on the right side between the bottom of her shoulder blade and the middle of her hip area. The headache is back - I think it's from the spinal tap; I had them after delivering difficult child (I had a spinal then). So, we're controlling the headache and pain with a heating pad on her back and tylenol and advil. She's drinking a lot of water and some diluted pure cranberry juice unsweetend, which if you've had it, you know how horrible it is. So, I am surprised they didn't do an ultrasound on her kidneys...and they also didn't tell her after the spinal that she should be lying flat and drinking lots of water - What is the protocol for such a serious kidney infection? I have had UTIs that required similar treatment, but this is way more serious in regards to pain and severity it seems. Anyone?