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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Weekend in the Hospital Part 3


Sunday...
We wake up in our new room -- ready for the doctor visit - feeling hopeful that today may bring us good news. News of discharge from the hospital that is. Its just a matter of waiting for whenever the doctor shows up!

Jason & I eat some breakfast, and he spends some snuggling time with Paige while I sit back and relax (as much as a hospital allows for relaxing).


The pediatrician actually arrived fairly early for a Sunday (around 10 a.m.) -- he listens to her chest, checks her Pulse Ox and has a brief discussion with our nurse (Rita - the same nurse that checked us in on Friday!). The conclusion?! Paige can go home! Yay!!!!

So, of course, the discharge process takes a while by the time they hunt down a nebulizer for us to bring home, they have to remove her IV and have the paperwork completed. It was approx 12 noon when Rita came in with paperwork in hand -ready for us to leave...

Jason was downstairs bringing the car around to the front of the hospital.

As Rita is checking over the paperwork with me - and doing all "last minute things" Paige started coughing. Really coughing. Turning red, not able to catch her breath quick enough. The nurse was very concerned - as she was basically choking on her mucous. She had what they call a "mucous plug" - it blocked her airway - and she was unable to clear it on her own sometimes medical intervention (suctioning/oxygen) may be necessary. Due to the potential severity of the situation (if not cleared in time baby could stop breathing...) the nurse would not continue with the discharge and requested we wait a few hours -- I called Jason's phone immediately and told him to get upstairs because Paige was having a hard time and we weren't going home.
I was freaking out. So scared. The nurse was still with me, she had Paige on the hospital bed suctioning her nose and mouth out a bit. By the time Jason got back she started coughing up the mucous plug - but still having trouble getting it all out.
Now, he was freaked out too.
Luckily, Rita was awesome - tried to reassure us its fairly common but just better to keep her where she was so that if it happened again they could get to her ASAP.

We thought we just had to wait a few hours before going home but, after a call from the doctor, he suggested one more night because now Paige was getting more congested and even vomiting up mucous with her formula. (A totally normal occurrence - as babies can't clear the mucous on their own -- but now she wasn't keeping her formula down as well.)
To help Paige out we started mixing 50% formula with 50% pedialite to make it a thinner consistency.
So...one more night together in the hospital...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Weekend in the Hospital Part 2


Saturday....
Paige's IV was eventually hooked up to the fluids in the early morning hours because she wasn't eating more than a half ounce at a time (pre-sickness she was eating up to 4 oz per feeding). So, now my poor little peanut had wiring from her foot (the monitor) and the tubing from her arm...



it made it so much harder to snuggle her, but I did my best!



Paige's pulse ox remained strong through the night and into Saturday so she never needed oxygen. She continued with her round the clock nebulizer treatments and the introduction of Chest PT (the cupped hand method).

At this point she had been diagnosed with Bronchiolitis - but tested negative for RSV

Throughout the day on Saturday I received many texts, phone calls and visits from friends and family to express their concern and love for Paige. It is truly appreciated -- it helps when you have people that care - even if its just a simple text asking how things were going.

Paige even got a cute little stuffed elephant from her buddies Parker & James - it spent the rest of Saturday - Monday in the bed with her.



I suppose in the hospital its always a good thing when your days go by fairly uneventful (as the patient that is...) so Saturday rolled on with the "support care" as the nursing staff called it (just enough attention to keep her comfortable, but no immediate action of medicines or major treatments needed).

We did switch rooms Saturday evening (that's another story --) but it was to leave a room where the patient (another baby) had their ENTIRE family there all day (the entire family included 3 siblings all under 10 yrs of age...) luckily I got a solo room to sleep in that night...

--and that was Saturday

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Weekend in the Hospital

I owe a long blog about Paige's weekend in the hospital. It will probably be a multi-part blog as it was a long ordeal but the most important part is that she is home and definitely feeling better.

The story begins...last week....
Paige had a slight runny nose Tuesday but I assumed it was a natural reaction from her 2 month old shots that she got on Monday... Tuesday night the congestion increased and by Wednesday she was starting to cough so I thought it was a cold rather than reaction from the shots...still, nothing of much concern. Nothing other than thinking how much it stinks that my little girl has a cold.

Wednesday night her coughing was more frequent and we were noticing her nose was pretty stuffy - by Thursday night she was coughing almost non-stop so I slept with her on my chest on the couch downstairs because Jason & I couldn't sleep comfortably and we both checked on her continually.

Friday afternoon I took her to the doctor - her pulse ox was good (96) but the doctor felt that her breathing was too rapid - she was working too hard to breathe so she gave her a nebulizer treatment in the office and did a check on her afterwards. The doctor didn't see much of an improvement and felt the next step was to send us to the hospital. She felt that since it was a weekend we'd be better off there.

So...we arrive at Vassar Brothers Medical Center (the same hospital where the kids were born) around 6 p.m. and get admitted...shuffled up to the pediatric floor and shown our "room".

An emotional experience - a whirlwind feeling - holding my 2 month old looking around the surroundings seeing sick children and their families...

Paige was greeted by a nurse, Rita, who ended up being with us throughout the entire ordeal -- Rita tried to reassure us that Paige was in the right place and she tried to walk us through what was going to happen over night. Shortly thereafter, Paige was taken to the "treatment room" to get her IV needle set up (we were allowed to join her, but Jason and I felt that we shouldn't watch them insert it in her as we may want to attack the nurses for making her cry...)

The rest of Friday went by in a blur - nurses in and out, tech's in and out, the respiratory staff in and out every 4 hrs to give treatments....

Jason had to leave me to go home with Connor so I slept in the hospital with Paige -- well, slept is not really the word- I dozed off occasionally and was constantly calling and/or text messaging Jason with every update possible. Before he left he requested to be notified anytime someone walked in the room and even looked at her... since he couldn't be there he wanted a play by play of all activity involving Paige.... and that was our Friday.

<--Paige just returning from "treatment room" with IV set up
<--- Her IV, just hasn't been hooked up to her yet.
<--- Paige's monitor - to monitor her Pulse Ox and heart rate


< --- somehow managing to stay comfy

(To Be Continued....)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I need a break.

I need a break from
crying
bottles
sippy cups
stress
not sleeping properly
stress
bottles
pacifiers
animal cracker crumbs
burp cloths
crying
cats meowing
work
being a wife
being a mother

and I want to go somewhere that no one knows me, can reach me, or will bother me.
Even if for a day.
the problem is...even if my body got that break, my mind never would.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wish List Wednesday





This week's Wish comes not from me, but from Connor & Paige. Their wish isn't for any material item but for their Grandfajah (my dad) to feel better and have a speedy recovery from the operation he had on his back. The surgery was Monday - and he is home from the hospital now - but he's feeling pretty lousy. So, the kids want to wish for their grandpa to have a speedy recovery!






Tuesday, January 19, 2010

2 months + 1 day

Yesterday my beautiful peanut turned 2 months old. I took the pictures nice and early and was just waiting to have her doctor visit in order to post her stats. Well, in the meantime, I became VERY ill so I had to postpone the 2 month blog for today.

She is a full 10 lbs now! And 21 1/4 inches long. However, our pediatrician thinks she's chunky. Yup...my 10 pounder is apparently chunky - even though she doesn't have a single roll on her anywhere.
We have officially switched her off of cow's milk formula to soy formula. The doctor thinks that soy formula will be more gentle on her system. Cows milk has sugars in it that can be rough on her system to digest causing her to be so gassy and to have trouble going to the bathroom on a regular basis. I am hopeful that this switch will give her some comfort on a daily basis so that she isn't uncomfortable anymore.




Sunday, January 17, 2010

Napping

So clearly I'm exhausted. I complain about it nonstop but feel like I never have a chance to nap.

Well, I just came to realize that a big part of it is my fault.
Right now Jason is napping. Connor is napping. Paige is napping. Heck, even the cats are sleeping.

Me? I'm sitting on the stupid computer trying to be witty.
Forget that.
I am going to sleep.



Maybe.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Shea




In all of my posting I realized that I've never introduced, (or possibly even talked about) the other member of our family. Shea. Shea is our cat. We got Shea in October 2007, about a month before we got married. He was actually our first baby.
We adopted Shea from our local SPCA.
He has a wonderful temperment, loves to snuggle and be pet.
Since he's only about 2 1/2 years old he still enjoys running around and playing - which is great now that we have a toddler and a baby in the house! He is so good with Connor - doesn't get angry when Connor pets him, grabs him, tries to pick him up etc...
In fact, one of the words you most frequently hear Connor say is "kitty". He's even trying to say "Shea" now!!!

Align Center

The reason for suddenly highlighting our cat is that we've recently been homing an abandoned stray - in order to keep him/her?? safe from the freezing nights - We are going to bring him/her to the SPCA on Tuesday to be examined for health issues and depending on the results of the visit decide if this cat will be a new addition to the E family!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

National De-Lurking Week

National What?
National De-Lurking Week.
So, if you're a "Lurker" you browse this blog (or perhaps numerous blogs) and never make your presence known with a post.

So...it is National De-Lurking Week! All bloggers are calling on their Lurkers to De-Lurk!
Ask a question. Say Hello! Tell me something about yourself... all of the above.
Whatever you'd like -- you can do it anonymously or not -but if you won't do it for me, listen to Connor, please -- DE LURK!



Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Adventures of Colic.

My beautiful little girl is suffering from colic. Or rather, the whole family is suffering from colic. Colic affects the whole family because the episodes of screaming and crying last on and on (Sorry Mom and Dad, now I know what you went through!)....

Exhibit A:
video

Normally, after Jason & I have exhausted ALL options we break out the vacuum cleaner (or in a quick pinch I'll grab the dustbuster if I'm holding the baby and have only one free hand...it works until Jason can get the vacuum out)... and that tends to help soothe her. Its quite a sight though sitting on the computer or watching TV with a running vacuum next to you. But hey, if it works, it works!

Exhibit B:

video

Last night, however, NOTHING WORKED. We tried everything we could think of and nothing worked longer than 5 minutes or so - it was the worst episode she'd ever had. I was brought to tears because I really did not know what else to do.

We tried:
  • gripe water
  • the dustbuster
  • the vacuum cleaner
  • massaging her stomach
  • rotating her legs
  • walking/bouncing her
  • feeding her
  • a car ride
  • more clothes/less clothes
  • a small bottle of warm water to help move things through her system
Ugh...last night was a tough one...but hopefully it was the last of its kind...if not, they better prepare a bed for me at the asylum because its enough to drive anyone mad.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

A Mom-Friend and Paige's new BFF

One of the hardest parts of being a mom is not having many friends with children. My friends that don't yet have children are wonderful, absolutely wonderful, to my kids - they love them so much and spoil them! Connor and Paige are certainly gaining Aunts by the handful!!!

Of course it is nice to get together with a mom-friend every now and then to not feel bad when I'm yakking on and on about diapers, formula, teething etc... My not-yet-a-mom friends graciously listen, without interrupting me from boredom, yet - I know they'd rather not hear about Paige's colic for the umpeenth time or about Connor's newest tooth. But, when I'm with a mom-friend if I overtalk about burpcloths I know that its ok because she may soon over talk about some equally baby related topic!!!!!

This evening I got together with my newest mom-friend and her brand new baby Taylor! Taylor and Paige are only about 6 weeks apart and they will be best friends - it has already been decided for them.






So PROUD!!!



My beautiful little girl did not have any bouts of fussiness or colic last night! When she was awake she barely even made a peep! It was wonderful to see her so content to be awake, looking around and just being held. I was glad to know that she, for the first time in a long time, wasn't uncomfortable to the point of screaming and crying. I am so pleased that the formula switch (we've been using Nestle Good Start) has really helped her stomach issues calm down.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wish List Wednesday


My Wish is for NO STRESS.
I am constantly stressing over something. Anything. Everything. Even things that I really can't control and just have to take as they come I stress over... All THE time.
I would like to just let it all go.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Still Alive

So, it wasn't easy going back...
I cried.
But I survived.
Now the trouble is just going back tomorrow. And the day after. And the day after that....

I just miss my kids.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Doomsday

Tomorrow
Is
Doomsday.




(back to work. No more maternity leave.)
(yes, I'm crying).

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Welcome 2010!

Happy New Year!!
Love, Kendra, Connor & Paige!