Sunday, October 14, 2007

We're Exhausted

Lily had been sick since Tuesday afternoon with a temperature, so on Friday morning I made an appointment with a pediatrician. That morning she seemed worse than ever, more clingy, more sad, saying "owie Tummy." She didn't eat or drink much.

We got to the pediatrician's office Friday afternoon and were seen right away. The doctor did the normal sick kid check - ears, throat, lungs, etc. Everything seemed fine, except she clung to me and just whimpered. When he got to the pushing on the stomach part, Lily came unglued. She screamed bloody murder. The doctor ordered a CBC (blood test) and urine test. They had to do a catheter because she is so little (horrible experience that I hope to never have to go through again!) The blood test went slightly better, but not much. The urine came back negative for a urinary tract infection. Her white blood count was a little high.

The pediatrician decided that Lily was too sick to send home - he thought she might be having an apendicitis. Although it's rare in small children, it does happen. He told me to take her over to the attached hospital and get her admitted. She would need to be sedated and have a CT scan.

When we got to the hospital we were seen by a very nice nurse, Vicky, and a resident. Lily was again prodded on her stomach. He asked me to poke her stomach. Later a hospitalist also came in to check on us. She poked and prodded Lily's stomach and checked her ears and throat. They asked if she had been exposed to anything at daycare. The only thing she had been exposed to was strep. They were concerned about her being dehydrated so they ordered an IV and a blood test to test her electrolytes. I asked if we could just try getting her to drink fluids first. Lily drank about 4 oz of formula and some ice chips. She was happiest with the ice. Finally they ordered Tylenol for her.

By this time, Adam had found someone who could watch Addie so he came to the hospital. Mom and Dad were on their way up from Boyceville. We ended up getting a meal for Lily (of which she ate little) and Adam got me some food because it was getting late. The doctors ordered a strep test which came back positive. They ordered a shot of amoxicillin and canceled the blood test. They told us we could go home that night.

By the time we left, it was 10:00 pm. Lily fell asleep that night at midnight. The poor thing was exhausted by all she had been through.

Last night she had a hard time falling asleep. She didn't go to bed until about 11:00. Lily woke up at 2:30 screaming that her tummy hurt. I am completely exhausted, just drained.

6 comments:

Darla Quinn Medicine Woman said...

Geez! I hope Lily is feeling better...I can definitely sympathize with her in the horrible catheter experience....

Even though her strep came back positive, it sounds like she is still sick. I'm not sure of you are planning on taking her back, but check to see if her hands or feet are swollen, or of her mouth is sore, or she has a rash. If they are, take her right back to the ER and make them rule out Kawasaki's disease. My little cousin had that once, and no one had really heard about it...even the doctor's at Marshfield.

I'm worried about that little string bean...

dbeltt said...

I hope Lily feels better soon. It makes me sad that she's sick... especially for this long. :(

Syren said...

I hope Lily has a good day back at day care today! I'm going to see Kendra's baby right after work...I'm so excited...the day is crawling by!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

What a horrible experience for your little one. It breaks my heart to see them so sick. I'm glad they found the strep, but that doesn't explain the bad tummy. I sure hope that Lily is feeling better!!

Jess P. said...

C&J's Mom - actually stomach pain is one of the symptoms of strep. Weird huh? What's really strange to me is that she didn't have a sore throat.

Darla- She does not have Kawasaki's disease. She doesn't have ANY of the symptoms. :)

Darla said...

I am here to think outside the box...

I hope you are feeling better than you were on Friday! You have to be the mom to the girls and your husband, but who "moms" the mom?

I for one am concerned....If I was there, I would mom you!