The fever was probably caused by a viral infection which caused a temporary suppression of his bone marrow and subsequently his white blood count. This low white blood count was then unable to fight off any infection or bacteria in his body.
At the same time, he had a minor ear infection which made his fever worse.
Its not clear where the virus came from but the doctors say it was pretty severe.
So, there we have it. A bone marrow attacking super virus.
My mom says crap like this only happens to people who are strong enough to handle it. I would like to believe that we were strong and we got through this because we are super awesome at life. In all actuality we got through this because people surrounded us with love and good thoughts. We have such wonderful people in our life and we would have been lost without the support.
Hopefully something like this never happens again and hopefully Joey makes it to adulthood without so much as a scrape on his finger. Something tells me, though, that this is only the beginning of a wild ride with Joey. .