Thanks for the recommended solution. That did solve the problem.
I have been monitoring the child processes and database connections as we used the application today. Looks like this was a house keeping solution. I still see database connections drop off after periods of idleness, but now the application is reconnected as the next user logs in.
My boss is jumping up and down with the performance increase LiteSpeed is providing us over Mongrel. Looks like it will now be easy to get dollars from him to upgrade to your enterprise version.
You guys have a great product. Keep up the good work!