You guys… the last couple of weeks were freaking hell. Seriously they were the worst two weeks of my life. Don’t believe me? Let me tell you a little story.
Friday night I had my kids and my friend’s two kids because it was the Dartball tournament that Dave and my friends play in. I agreed to stay home with the kids because none of us had a babysitter. We had a great time playing tons of games. We then decided to eat some snacks and watch a movie. About 10 pm Paige started coughing and vomiting. I figured that maybe she just had to much junk food. It happens. Man, was I wrong.
Saturday we all woke up and I got ready for dance class. Paige didn’t really seem to be herself. She was exhausted and had an upset stomach. I was still hoping it was due to the junk food the night before but it was becoming clear that was not the case.
As the day went on Paige could not keep ANYTHING down. I felt so bad for her. We snuggled and she slept as much as possible. I started to get very worried. My little nugget never acts sick unless it is really bad. This kid has had double ear infections and we had no idea!
Sunday I had enough of her being so sick. I sent a plea out on Facebook and Twitter as to what to give her to help her stomach. My nurse friend suggested calling the doctor’s office and asking for Zofran from the doctor on call. I had no idea that you could do that. I remember Zofran. I took it when I was pregnant because I was so ill.
Thankfully we were able to get the proscription, but that wasn’t enough. Her hear rate was high and I knew that was a sign of dehydration. We made the decision to take her to the hospital. By the time we got to the hospital the Zofran started working and she was able to keep down a popsicle and some Sprite so they sent her home. I wasn’t happy. Something wasn’t right.
Monday I decided to stay home from work and monitor her fever and her fluid intake. We took a lot of naps. About 2 pm she woke up out of a dead sleep screaming that her stomach hurt. I picked her up and rushed her to the toilet. I have never seen her in so much pain. I even started crying because I didn’t know what to do. I called Dave and told him I was taking her back to the hospital. This was not right.
Dave flew home from work and ran us to the hospital. It was the right decision. They apologized for not admitting her the night before. She was dehydrated and needed to be monitored. Unfortunately the hospital that we took her to did not admit pediatrics. Boo! So my little nugget had her first ambulance ride.
We snuggled in her hospital bed together. She needed me and I needed to be with her.
She had her first IV too so I had to wheel her around whenever she had to go to the bathroom. I even had to wipe her butt. I was up to my freaking elbows in diarrhea. I was done and she was done feeling miserable. I also started to feel sick. Not good.
And then all of the sudden she snapped out of it and started feeling better. She actually had an appetite!
The doctors and nurses were so happy to see her perking up. The color returned in her face and she start getting her spunk back. That is when I took a turn for the worse. They finally decided to send her home on Wednesday afternoon. It couldn’t come fast enough. Paige was going stir crazy.
And I was really sick. I ended up picking up Influenza Type A somewhere between the first ER trip and the hospital. It was gross. It was ugly. I was sick for 10 freaking days! I don’t ever remember being that sick. Ever. The doctor yelled at me for not getting my flu shot. I will never make that mistake again. We will all get flu shots next year.
And what was Paige’s diagnosis you ask? Stomach virus. That’s it. Unbelievable.
Now we are all finally healthy and we can get back to our normal lives. FINALLY!
I also wanted to take the time to thank all of you! The texts, facebook comments, tweets, and e-mails during all of this meant so much to me and my family. This community is amazing. It is so hard to go through something like this but having all of the kids words and prayers from all of you meant so much to us. THANK YOU!