It was a late night/very early morning drive six weeks ago that allowed me to hold this precious jewel in my arms.
And it was a late night/very early morning drive to the same hospital that gave me a sincere appreciation for her delicate life. Its amazing to me the difference about those trips, but both of them were drives that made because I cared a lot about my daughter. And both were really trips that required me to be at my best!
EK was having a rough day and it turned into a difficult night. Our entire family was feeling unwell, but she was the worst. She was not her usual calm self when we visited her paternal grandparents' home, but I thought it was due to overstimulation and the heat. When we got home, I attributed that she was warm to the touch because we didn't have the air conditioner turned on yet. However, when at 2:30 AM she was fussy and still so hot, I took her temperature and called the pediatrician's after hours line.
My daughter had a high fever (for an infant) and the policy for babies younger than two months is hospitalization if temperature exceeds 100.2 F. EK's was 101.4 when we arrived at the hospital!
We arrived at 3:30 AM and were checked in moments later. They gave her a hospital gown (too large) and a full work up. We spent the next six hours in the same ER room. Because there was no obvious cause to her malady, she was tested and tested.
Blood draws from the tops of her tiny hands (wails).
IV line in her hand.
Tiny cathedar in her bladder to collect urinary analysis.
Chest x rays.
Nasal swab for RSV.
The good news was that she was clearly not a toxic baby - she was highly reactive to these tests! She hated them. She had a lot of fight in her during that ER trip, and I think that is one reason why she wasn't required to stay 48 hours, per the policy, for observation.
That and the UA was negative, as was the RSV test and x ray.
And because they said, "You are a good, thoughtful mother. We can tell that you will be very attentive to her needs and take action if she becomes less healthy."
This was a really stressful experience for Elsa, and she rested most of yesterday and today. We had a follow up visit at the pediatrician's office, where she did not show any signs of a serious illness. She just has a baby cold. She's nursing fairly well, coughing and sneezing, and generally doing as good as a person who doesn't feel so well can do.
I am thankful for her help and also the fantastic treatment/care she received! I am more thankful that the hospitalization was unneccesary. I am further still more thankful that we didn't have to go back to the ER last night and that I didn't have to watch any medical procedures done on my daughter today!
Kinda cruddy writing, I know. I switched tenses and voices throughout. However, I haven't made up for that totally sleepless night and am feeling exhausted still. I've been a bit overwhelmed by how many things I could write about and share photos about to actually start doing it! I have also been so distracted by my children to really devote brain power into mentally composing posts when not online. And another excuse... during the day, my son adores using the laptop to watch Disney's children's site, so he kind of claims the computer if its out when he's awake. This gives me time to do other thinks like mop and think... but less time to invest in this blog and my personal reflections.