Monday, October 10, 2011

My Sickie

I always had a hunch that my adventurous children would wind up in the emergency room sooner rather than later but when it happened, and not due to any daring behavior I still found it caught me off guard.

It happened just over a week ago now but each day that passes I'm thankful that I don't have to spend 5 1/2 hours in the ER. It's not a very exciting story. Basically Miss A woke me up to tell me she'd thrown up in her bed. Not the nicest way for either of us to wake up but, it happens. Peter called in to take the day off work and I planned to take Miss B to her sitter and go to work leaving Peter and Miss A to have a lounge on the couch watching movies day. That is not how things went down.

Miss A just kept getting sick, it wasn't long before her stomach was completely empty and yet, she still continued to vomit. I tried to get her to sip water but she barely took any. What happened next seemed to happen quickly. She seemed to suddenly become really lethargic and her vomit began to look bloody and was looking more so each time she was sick.

I was on the phone with Health Links by this time. They told me we should go to the ER so that is where we headed.

Peter held her in his arms in the back seat as we drove and Bella chirped at them about how they didn't have their seat belts on. When we arrived at the ER they weighed Miss A on the baby scale because she couldn't stand. Thinking it would be a while, I zipped Miss B over to her babysitters. When I got back to the hospital Miss A was in a bed, had her blood taken and they'd put in an IV. This was the part where I started to cry, I didn't want to upset her so I got myself under control pretty quickly.

Within 20 minutes she seemed completely better. They'd given her both an anti-nauseate and medication to reduce the acid in her stomach through IV. Then we waited. And waited. And waited some more. The pediatrician came to see her. He told us he suspected it was simply a virus that hit her very hard for some reason.

We waited for the test results to come back. They didn't show anything unusual and she kept some liquid down so we were cleared to go. They wanted to leave the IV attachment in overnight in case it started up again. This was a drag. They were confident that I could take it out the next day but instead I took her to a walk in doctor to have it removed. She would never have let me do it.

It took her a while to start eating more normally again. But she seems better now. I'm not convinced that it was a virus. I suspect her chronic constipation, actually but when I suggested it to our regular physician he seemed skeptical. So now we wait and see what happens. Hopefully no more ER trips in the near future.

Here she is with her IV under a bandage.


bonrhe said...

UHG! Hate having to take children to hospitals! As much as I am grateful for hospitals.... I hate HOSPITALS! Glad everything turned out OK, of course as a parent it takes another couple of weeks to decompress from scares like that. So you might not actually be all the way back to OK just yet! Breathe in and breathe out some more.... maybe a pedicure.

By the by... my word verification word is UNIPWORN. Is now my Word Of The Day, just not sure how to use it in a sentence. "You should never have UNIPWORN on the outside of you clothing, is considered immodest." or maybe "UNIPWORN out from breastfeeding you child till he was three and a half."

bon said...

Phooey... that last comment was me!

elizasmom said...

Bon - haaaaaa. I lolled for real.

Mama D - poor you and poor A. That sounds traumatic all-around. I would've been right there with you - kids remind me of baby birds when they get sick like that - so fragile-seeming and sorrowful. I'm so glad everyone is OK.

Anonymous said...

Poor, poor A and poor, poor parents. It sounds entirely nightmarish, especially the blood in the vomit. I am not sure how I would have handled that. I hope you are all more or less over by now. Lucky that little B did not catch anything.