This all started with a throat infection that has still not been specifically identified, it's not mono, it's not strep so they are calling it tonsillitis at this point. The doc didn't want to prescribe antibiotics if it was a virus so he sent us for CBC to rule out mono (negative). However, when the results of the CBC came back I received 5 messages from the pediatrician, seriously urging me to take my daughter to the ER because she had very high white blood cell counts (41,300). So obviously I freaked out and immediately rushed her to the ER, they did more blood work and confirmed that her WBC was over 40,000 and that her heart rate was also elevated at 118 BPM. She had also lost 6 pounds in 3 days, but she had not been eating because her throat hurt so bad. The DR said that these counts can be caused by infections so they put her on Amoxicilian and a steroid called dexamethasone to relieve the inflammation in her throat (which caused severe anxiety and anger the next day). I took her back the following day (yesterday) and had her blood work again, this time her WBC count had dropped to 30,000. I am still very scared with counts this high and I am wondering if I should request further testing of her blood or bone marrow? Or should I just wait a couple of weeks until she feels better and take her in for another CBC? I am absolutely terrified that she may have something serious like leukemia. I feel like running around and demanding tests and screaming my head off. But I am trying to be logical and keep my cool in front of my very scared little girl. Even the ER doctors and nurses seemed alarmed and anyone I talk to asks if she is going to be tested for leukemia and if I research on the internet all I can see is the word leukemia.