Sometimes your kiddos just take you for a trip. When I mean take you for a trip, I mean a trip to the ER. It started off with a rough week the Monday after my son’s seventh birthday celebration. We went to a fun community wide event called STEM held at the university that was supposed to enlighten our youth and help them understand the worlds of science, technology, engineering and math. Jaydon begged to go but I was not too kean on going as it was during our dinner hour and it most likely would mean grabbing some fast food. But how could I refuse letting him go to something educational like this?
We learned about this magnetic goop. Now tell me what kid wouldn’t love magnetic goop?
JJ blew up this balloon with the contents of this water bottle.
Braidy learning about the formation of tornados.
So we went and he had a blast of a time, but he was acting a bit funny on his way home especially when I mentioned we were picking up McDonalds. What kid is just so so with McDonalds? My kids jump for joy as if they’ve won the lottery. He said he didn’t want anything and that his stomach felt funny and I thought it was because he had just chugged some gaterade.
We got home and he still complained of a stomach ache and that he didn’t want to eat. So I had him lay down on the couch for a bit. After a few minutes he stood up on the couch and a fountain of vomit cascaded from his face. It was not pretty and I was worried for my couch and carpet.
We worked on cleaning him up and everything else. It was an entirely way too long night of trips to the bathroom vomiting until about 3:20 Tuesday morning. Needless to say, he stayed home from school and I tried to separate the kiddos by a baby gate and made JJ a comfortable spot in the playroom on his bench seat where he had a TV to entertain him. He spent the day with a low grade fever, but no repeat episodes….until Friday morning! Weird right? I mean what kind of illness skips days?
I kept him home Wednesday as a buffer just to make sure he didn’t spread anything to anyone else, then Thursday he went back to school, but Thursday night at bedtime he was complaining of an ear ache. I decided to take him to the doctor to get his ear checked out. We were at the doctor’s office when JJ started complaining that his stomach hurt and the focus changed from his ear to his stomach. Right there in the doctor’s office he throws up. I tell the doctor about how he had been sick on Monday and Tuesday and she starts checking out his stomach and thinks he looked a bit dehydrated. She asks him to sip on some Pedilite. He takes exactly 2 sips of Pedilite and throws up right there in the room. This is when the doctor says she suspected appendicitis and that we should take him to the ER.
I thought appendicitis was a big leap, but she says illnesses don’t usually return like this and that often appendicitis starts with a stomach bug then turns into appendicitis. So she warned us that our Spring Break plans might be thwarted if we ignored it. Not that I would ignore my son’s illness, but she insisted the ER was the best approach at this point considering my son’s pale green state and the fact that he couldn’t keep liquids down.
So thankfully the pediatrician’s office was connected to the hospital, so we got a nurse to push JJ over in a wheel chair and Scott met us right there at the ER entrance. They took his vitals then gave him some Zofran to stop the nausea.
This was the first time my son had been admitted to the hospital. I think once in his seven years of life is pretty good right?
We got him admitted. He had a couple of more bouts with the bathroom and then he was ready to sleep.
As the nurse was trying to ready his arm for a blood draw, he just laid there quietly and didn’t fuss much until the actual prick. He difinitely didn’t like it at all, but he quickly went back to sleep for a little while and then someone else came in to set up his IV.
He did a bit better for the IV, but didn’t like knowing there was something in his vein.
One of my dearest friends came to the hospital with a little bunny for JJ and was so sweet to take Braidy off my hands for a little while so I didn’t have to worry about his running around. I love that she was so thoughtful. Not many people are, but she has been a light in my life here in Flagstaff AZ for quite some time.
We were hoping he would be released from the ER the same day because we had a big trip planned to go out to Colorado. Thankfully within a few hours his color returned, the IV helped hydrate him and he was released. The doctor was sure to subscribe us some Zofran for our trip incase the nausea returned.
We had a great trip to and from Colorado without any more illness! Thank God!
Have your little ones ever surprised you with a trip to the ER? Thankfully neither one of my rough and tumble boys have had broken bones yet, which surprises me. (Knock on wood)
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