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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

More Doctor Drama......

My youngest daughter has once again picked up whatever heinous bug it is that's terrorizing parents everywhere, if there's a nasty germ out there ready to pounce Ash will find it. This is much the same as she had earlier in the year, a high fever, vomiting, dehydration..... and she's lost six lbs already!!!!!!

Instead of waiting to see how it goes this time I called the docs office, followed their instructions on the clear liquids and the nausea suppository and still she seemed to go down hill. So late yesterday afternoon I bundled little Peanut into the truck and drove her to our local Urgent Care (figuring that due to the late hour the doctors office wouldn't start an IV). The PA took a look at her, we managed to get the tiniest of urine samples from her, then they called in a real doc and they talked about the level of dehydration and that she needed fluids. Apparently though, and this is verbatum, they don't like to do fluids by IV in that office, and the hospital won't waste a bed giving her fluids!!!!!!!!!!!!  So they went on to explain it was down to me to force her to take a teaspoon of Gatorade every five minutes and that she would continue to vomit and it would be really bad but I could just get on with it. So they left me in the room feeding her teaspoon by teaspoon of ice chips and Gatorade, until she puked. By this time I was pissed, I could be doing this at home and not have to worry about the extortionate bill they would land me with.  When she threw up all that I had given her I walked out into the hallway to let them know and the doc just looked at me like "so??".   A nurse came in and cleaned up and I was outta there..... I told her in no uncertain terms that I did not appreciate their manners and that I would take her to a real doctor in the morning. I love the town I live in but quite honestly I have never in my life seen such shitty medical care!!!!!!!!!!

So no sleep last night, Ash wanted me with her all night and we tossed and turned, she sipped on a little gatorade and some water and that was how it continued. I called my family doc and they told me to bring her in at 10:15, so hopefully they will do their magic with the IV and she'll be home resting this afternoon. She's a freakin' trooper that one!!!! She understands that she can only have a sip at a time every five minutes, she understands that she's  missing school and won't get  her perfect attendance for November, she understands that she's going to get a needle in her arm and most of all understands that I am here for her, caring for her the best I can.

It's so depressing to care for a loved one who is sick, it doesn't matter if it's a child, a parent or some other relative.... it's downright depressing!  Please take a moment in your day to find someone who's caring for a sick person and just hug them!!!! Show them some love and support they need it more than you can imagine!!

I'll post later and update on how my little trooper is holding up.

UPDATE!!!!  She's on the mend... she's drinking and keeping it down, and has even tried some eggs. She's such a strong girl... they decided that she probably didn't need the IV this morning because she had not thrown up since last night. Relief!!!!! I slept a little this afternoon but still feel like crap.... there is a light at the end of the tunnel though. Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!


spudballoo said...

oh poor both of you :( we've had a lot of sickness round here too. I'm sick at the moment, but i'd rather it were me than my boys any day.

Hope she's on the mend soon. x

rxBambi said...

Aww, poor peanut! I'm glad she didn't have to have the IV. I hope she's feeling better soon.
And yeah, about that medical "care" I think I'd be screaming at someone over that. Sheesh.

Barb said...

I'm sending you hugs!

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Six pounds is a lot on a little one. How scary! Glad she's on the mend. Maybe she can eat 6 lbs. of turkey and trimmings on Thursday!!

otin said...

I was glad to see the update at the end. It really has been a bad season for sickness!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

McGillicutty said...

Aww thank you all for your comments, and if she eats six lbs of turkey and trimmings I'll be dancing around. She looks so little and frail.
She was exhausted tonight and so I'm hoping she'll sleep well... I'm praying she will!!!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to you all my good bloggy buddies!!! Hugs.. oh ok and kisses!!!!