Monday, April 23, 2012

Averi's 1st Hospital Stay

Well, as the title of this post states, our sweet baby girl was admitted to Dell Children's Medical Center on Wednesday. If you remember me writing about how sick she was last week, and the severe abdominal pain she was having then you are pretty much up to date. Only the doctor we saw on Monday did not diagnose her properly (for the third time).On Wednesday, my grandmother (who watches Averi during the days while David and I work) called me at work and told me Ave was continuing to have the stomach pain and was just not herself still. It was then that I called the Seton nurse hotline and spoke with an RN over the phone. She said that Averi needed to be seen in the ER immediately. She gave me two conditions to ask the doctor about and told me I may have to be forceful when making sure they checked for them (since it was obvious that none of the other doctors in our 3 emergency room trips had felt it necessary to check for them). Appendicitis and intussusception were the two I was supposed to ask about. After waiting over four hours yet again, we finally got in to a room and saw a doctor. I must have terrible luck with doctors because the emergency doctor we saw was a witch. She told me that in her 20 years of being a doctor that she had only once seen a baby with appendicitis and that if Averi were to have had an intussusception that she would more than likely be dead already. Very calming to a first time parent, right? Not. Needless to say, she did a urine test, an x-ray, and then finally decided to do an ultrasound on Averi, for everyone's "peace of mind". And it was a good thing, because imagine that, the ultrasound showed that Averi did in fact have an intussusception. For those of you wondering, what in the world is that...? Not to fear, here is a definition: 

"An intussusception, also known as 'telescopic botty', is a medical condition in which a part of the intestine has invaginated into another section of intestine, similar to the way in which the parts of a collapsible telescope slide into one another.[1] This can often result in an obstruction."

The doctor immediately had the nurse start an IV on Ave and shortly after we were taken down to the radiology unit and into the operating area. She had to be strapped down to a little board in a cold room where they had to run a tube through her anal canal to push air through her intestines. It was absolutely heartbreaking to see her so scared and in discomfort. The whole procedure didn't last more than five minutes but felt like it took forever. As soon as it was over and she was able to be picked up, she calmed down within seconds and was smiling and waving at everyone. 10 months old, and she was the one who was calming me down! The procedure was done around midnight, and we had been admitted into the hospital so that she could be monitored for the next 24 hours, which is the time frame that, although not common but possible, the intussusception would reoccur. 

It just so happened that Averi would be in the 5-10% of babies that have the condition reoccur. Thursday afternoon she had another ultrasound done which confirmed the upsetting news and that evening she had the procedure done again. I couldn't stay in the room the second time around, I felt too fatigued and emotionally drained (not to worry, David was in the room with her). I felt as if my legs were going to give out on me and my head had started to spin, so I stepped out. The process was even shorter this time and was over in a matter of minutes, but again, felt like an eternity, this time waiting outside the door. 

The second procedure seemed to have worked and although we had to stay in the hospital until Saturday for her to be monitored, the important part is that we indeed did get to go home.

I am blessed to have a fiance, and father to my child who was there with Averi and I every step of the way. Who was able to hold his composure and be strong for me (and Ave) when I just couldn't. While this was a very trying time for us, it has proven that we can overcome the most difficult of situations as a little bitty family. I am also so very thankful for my family, without them, the past five days would have been a lot more difficult. My mom and dad who were supposed to be going on vacation to LA (wed-sun), drove back as soon as they knew Ave was going to be admitted, to be with us and help us in whatever way possible (and that they sure did). My Nana who waited in the waiting room for over four hours, and stayed with us at the hospital all night on Wednesday. Everyone who lifted our sweet angel up in prayer, and sent kind messages to us offering to bring us whatever we needed, you all are appreciated. And just as importantly, to all of our friends and family who took time out of their busy lives to come and visit Averi while she was in the hospital. Not only did you make Averi happy, you made us feel very loved and supported. You find out who really cares during hard times, some you expect, some you don't. 
Some pictures of Ave during her hospital stay, in her itty bitty hospital gown:

(she just LOVED being pulled around the hospital in the wagon)

So that is the latest! We are back home as of Saturday around 4pm, and so far, so good. While poor Ave is working out some constipation issues from all the procedures and diet changes, we seem to have our always happy, absolutely perfect little girl back. Please continue to lift her in your prayers for a complete recovery, and pray that the condition does not return. Thanks a ton! And hopefully from here on out, I can get to posting about the fun things that have been going on prior to our hospital stay! 


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Missed a month!

My oh my! It's been exactly one month since my last post, and SO much has happened since then! You'd think with so much going on that I wouldn't have any trouble finding something to blog about. And that is correct, there has been lots to blog about, just not enough time in the day!

Since my last post, Averi has celebrated her first Easter, her first petting zoo, and her first bluebonnet experience. And unfortunately, in addition to all the fun firsts, she has also had the displeasure of experiencing her first illness and first trip(s) to the ER.
She came down with a virus exactly a week ago and we ended up in the emergency room twice on Tuesday. She couldn't keep anything down and was extremely lethargic. Not only that, but she was drawing her legs up and crying out in pain consistantly throughout the day. It was the most heartbreaking experience. The first trip to the emergency room, we ended up with a doctor that was about as helpful as a rock. For those of you familiar with Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, his name is Dr. Harold Schwabb. If you happen to end up in the ER with him as your doctor, you might as well head to another facility, otherwise, be sure you request to see someone else. He really left me with a bad taste in my mouth for the hospital. And i'll be the first to tell you, I had nothing short of a wonderful birthing experience there. I loved the place, until recently. It's very apparent they are just plain lazy in the emergency department. He didn't bother to feel Averi's stomach or be concerned about the pain she was in. Just said it was most likely a virus and that it would run its course. It really infuriates me just thinking about it. Needless to say, we ended up back at the hospital a few hours later because she couldn't even keep her meds down. We were able to see a different doctor who was seemingly more helpful, and at least took further steps to be sure it wasn't something more serious. Thankfully Ave was getting better day by day, but still was only have to have .2 ml of pedialyte or juice every couple hours. I felt horrible for her, I knew she was hungry but we weren't able to give her more than a syringe-ful of liquids at a time for fear of backpeddling and ending up at square one again.

Though she hasn't had a vommiting incident since last week, we ended up at Dell Children's Hospital last night. We got there at 9, didn't see a doctor until 1:30am, and didn't get home until 3am. Needless to say, it was a looooong night, and I am definitely feeling it today. We took her in because we had been concerned with the lack of nutrition she was getting over the past week, and the weight she had lost. Since she had been sick last week, she hasn't been able to drink more than an ounce of milk at a time without drawing her legs up in pain and crying hysterically. She then pushes her bottle away and won't drink anymore. The doctor last night told us that it was very likely that the virus had damaged the lining of her small intestine, therefore preventing her little body from being able to digest the proteins and sugars in the milk. Thankfully it should only be temporary and should heal up over some time. Until then she will get a formula with the proteins and sugars already broken down for her. The doctor told us her stomach should be able to tolerate that. We finally got discharged at around 2:30 and were home by 3. I must add though, that I have the most easy going and patient baby girl out there. Between her three hosptial trips, and all the waiting, you'd think it would be a mess. It totally wasn't. She was quiet, and didn't fuss at all when she had to have her vitals taken or her belly pushed on. And she took her x-ray like a pro. Just laid quietly, looking around. She loved waving to every single nurse that walked by, and she definitely had some fans by the time we left. She is such an angel.

Now that I have written a novel, I'll post some pictures! I plan on doing seperate posts for her Easter, petting zoo, and bluebonnet pictures. Here are some random pictures over the last week.

This is how she looked every day when she was sick last week. :-(
Being such a good girl on her hospital bed.
This is the day after her hospital trips last week. The bear she is holding was given to her by one of her fans (nurses).
Holding her own medicine. That smile was a light to see after her rough day.
Averi got this cute little chair from David's parents for Easter. She wasn't so sure about it at first, and now she just loves it! Thanks Grandma and Grandpa Moreno!
Snuggling with Dad after a rough few days.
Averi and Grandpa at dinner. Trying to take her mind off feeling lousy.
And last but not least, this was last night at about midnight at Dell, waiting to see the doctor.
Okay, that's all for this update. I'm hoping to keep it up and fill you in on the more fun firsts that I have missed out on blogging about. Stay tuned!