Wednesday

long day's journey into night. and day. and night...

dylan vomited again on monday after lunch. when her stomach wouldn't settle after two hours of near-constant vomiting, we took her to the hospital. this episode had the same patterns of the previous seven bouts of incessant vomiting, but this time she has a temperature and diarrhea.

they gave dylan an IV to rehydrate her and took more x-rays, which again showed that everything appeared ok. after several hours, she calmed down and began to smile and talk. i nursed her, she seemed ok, and they were preparing to send us home when she got sick again and instead they sent us in an ambulance to children's hospital in pittsburgh. (the local hospital we were at no longer admits children, and they wanted her to see specialists.)

we got there at 11:30 pm and were ushered into their ER, where they took still more x-rays, and a few hours later she was admitted into a room. i nursed her and prepared to put her to bed when she got sick again. around 3:30 am we all tried to sleep a few hours, but one can only sleep so well in hospital chairs holding an infant attached to an IV.

the next day we saw allergists and other doctors and nurses. they are certain her vomiting was not caused by allergies because the types of food are so varied and they only sometimes triggered sickness. while it is good to know what is not making her sick (they also ruled out stress or anything i'm eating), we still have no idea what is wrong.

we need to see a doctor who specialized in gastrointestinal medicine, but inexplicably, they did not get us a consult, even though i started requesting one yesterday morning and several doctors and nurses promised to set it up. everyone that we dealt with at the hospital was really great--the nurses, the ER doctors and techs, the night doctor, the pediatrician, the allergists--everyone except the young day doctor who unfortunately was the one who held all the cards for dylan's care. she was most concerned about dylan's fever and was not at all concerned about what we were--getting to bottom of what caused the past six weeks of violent, inexplicable vomiting.

dylan's fever had broken, she was hydrated, but they wanted to keep us for another sleepless night so we could get a GI consult sometime today--but they couldn't promise when.

we were all exhausted. dylan had barely slept, we were wearing the same clothes that dylan had gotten sick on the night before, i still was wearing my contact lenses, and the idea of spending another whole day in that room waiting for a conversation with the GI doctors that they would not set up ahead of time didn't seem wise, when our little girl needed rest most of all.

so reluctantly and without answers, we left the hosptial last night at 10:30 pm, a day an a half after dylan started getting sick. we drove the hour and half back home and were all in bed by midnight. she got up twice to nurse, but otherwise we all slept until eleven this morning, and dylan (and jim) are having a nice long nap now.

we are thankful that she is sleeping and recovering. we are thankful to be home and showered. we are thankful for everyone who prayed for dylan and us. please continue to keep us in your prayers. we want our little girl to be healthy!

8 comments:

Christie said...

Sweet family, my heart aches for you. I appreciate you keeping us updated as to how you all are. We will continue to pray for peace and healing for little dylan's body, and rest for you and Jim. And most of all we will pray for answers and wisdom for the doctors to help you.
Know that we love you and wish we could be there for you.

TAMI said...

Thanks for stopping by my blogs ~ leaving comments even!! Love that! I'll be back to check your life out (via blogging) some more, but for now I just want you to be blessed in the sleepless nights of care for your precious little one.

Amy from Occupation: Mommy said...

Suzannah, I am so sorry that Dylan has been sick again. I will be praying that you can see a specialist soon who can figure out what is going on with her.

Octamom said...

So so sorry you had such a rough time--you are in my prayers for a speedy recovery for Dylan and peace and rest for you.

Blessings!

annie said...

I'm so sorry to learn of your sweet babe's troubles! I am praying everything is resolved quickly and easily and she is on the road to health soon. I'm praying for you and your husband, too....it's stressful and heart-wrenching and just all around awful. Thank you for sharing and letting us have the privilege of praying for you.

suzannah said...

thank you, thank you, thank you all for your prayers for our family. it means so much, and we know God is at work and pouring out his grace.

Octamom said...

Hey Girl!

I was going to come over and give you the link to your award, but wanted to give you some recovery time after Dylan's tummy bug--but you beat me to it! Hope she is feeling much much better!
Blessings!

debojo said...

Suz! I am so sorry - - I hope she is getting more sleep and rest and you guys too! PLEASE if it ever happens again that you are in Pittsburgh and don't/can't go home COME TO OUR HOUSE!!!!!!!!! We are only 15 - 20 min from Children's and have all the baby stuff you would need and a spare room! :) The offer is there, and I am serious! I will definitely be praying for you guys, and for someone to figure out what is going on! love. djm

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