Wednesday we were going to go on a little outing to my mom’s school. We were going to join her for lunch. Lil’Miss had been sick since Saturday night and so I was hoping getting out of the house might be good for us all. She was showing signs of improvement but still on the mend.
I got her dressed up in a non-stained shirt and pants (which are hard to come across these days). And we packed up Lil’Bean and headed out the door. I needed to make a couple of stops so we left about 45 minutes early.
After I pulled into the parking space of our first stop I turned and glanced at Lil’Miss in her car seat, there she was sitting with a sad face. She had thrown up and it was on everything. I debated whether or not I should even go in the pharmacy. I knew if I didn’t go then I might not make it back for a while. I cleaned her up (thank goodness for the roll of paper towels and wipes in the car) and wrapped her in her blanket.
The poor girl had a terrible case of diarrhea and now throwing up. She refused to drink or eat for several days and that morning I finally got her to drink some, so I thought it might be okay to get out for a bit. I guess not. I knew she was going on reserves since she had just tossed all that was left in her.
Plan B: I called my mom and left a message canceling on lunch and headed home to clean her up. Then I called her doctor to see if we could get in. Something just didn’t seem right, she wasn’t getting better and that is not like her. Thank goodness they had an opening an hour or so from the time I called.
My in-laws were in the neighborhood and were able to take Lil’Bean. That was a huge blessing not to have to tote him to the doc as well.
The doctor examined her and said she couldn’t find anything particularly wrong, but she was concerned that she was dehydrated and wanted me to take her to the ER immediately. She even called ahead and told them we were coming.
So off we went, my snuggly girl and me. Lil’Miss is an active girl and I rarely get snuggle time. She is ALWAYS on the go and Does Not Sit Still! This whole week she has been climbing up on my lap and just wants to be held and has fallen asleep several times in my arms. I have been enjoying my snuggle time but want her to get better.
Back to the ER…. When we arrived the waiting room was empty so they were able to get us checked in right away. Her exam by the ER nurses and doctor didn’t go as well as the last doctor visit. She was fidgety and didn’t want to be there. The doctor took a look in her ears and right away determined she has a double ear infection. This was not surprising to me due to her behavior over the past few days and having a fever off and on. The puzzling part was that her doctor had just looked in her ears and didn’t even notice. The hubs and I are finding that a little disturbing. Something as simple as an ear infection is usually easily detected.
The ER staff was going to administer an IV for dehydration as well as her first dose of antibiotics for the ear infection. They also took some blood to do some lab work.
Getting the IV in was quite the ordeal. They had her on the gurney wrapped up in a sheet to keep her from wiggling away. One nurse held her body, as another nurse tried to prep her with numbing solution as I held her head and tried to comfort her.
I have seen Lil’Miss throw a lot of tantrums in her day. This experience was beyond tantrum. She kicked and screamed, cried bloody murder. It defiantly was not a fun thing for a mom to go through. At this point she hadn’t even been poked. They put numbing solution in four locations: both hands and both insides of her elbow in hopes that one area would have a vein they could use for the IV.
After putting on the numbing solution they let me hold her for a while to calm her down before they attempted to poke her. Then we bundled her up again and the nurse attempted to place the IV. He tried all four spots poking at least six times. The poor girl had every one on high alert in the ER letting them know that she was definitely not okay. Again, not fun at all! Due to her dehydration and chubby little arms and hands the nurse was having terrible luck. He called on another nurse to come in and give it a try. He could only see one more possible vein before we were out of places to try on her arms.
By this time Lil’Miss was exhausted! She had screamed for so long she was just plain pooped! I held her again and the next nurse had a new approach. He tried placing the IV as I sat in a chair holding her. He wasn’t having much luck either so we went to the last resort: her foot. It worked! She was so worn out that she fell asleep by the time we actually got the IV in. At that point we had been working at this for two hours.
My blood sugar has been bothering me and I have been having dizzy spells and usually needles don’t bother me, but I was getting woozy. I guess if you are going to pass out, the ER is the best place. They had me lay on the gurney with her on my lap so we both would stay put.
Towards the end of her IV they gave her a popsicle. Thankfully she began eating it. Never mind her unstained shirt we were just happy she was beginning to take some liquids.
Over all we spent five hours in the ER. What an adventure. Lil’Miss had a rough time, but over all she was a great trooper!
On our way home she threw up again, poor girl! So much for the unstained shirt. Purple popsicles have their way of coloring the world.
I have had my fair share cleaning up bodily fluids this week. Cleaned the bathtub, multiple times! Rinsing clothing and blankets and sanitizing the floor and car seat. Oh the joys of being a mom!
Today she is feeling much better. She is still not eating a whole lot and only will drink when she wants to. We are hoping that she continues to get well soon because we have a big road trip coming up in a couple of days!