Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Driving Down the Hallway

My hat's off to those parents out there who have had to spend lots of time in the hospital with their children. You are the unsung heroes of the world.

Last night was our first brush with the Pediatric Emergency Room and we hope it was our last. Although, with a certain someone's proclivity for wild abandon toward bat swinging it might not be. Let's just cross our fingers and toes and hope for the best from here on out.

It was a run of the mill Tuesday night here, I had left for work and was getting my groove on at work when my phone lit up with a call from the hubs. And, he never I mean never calls me at work. The nature of my job means that I can't usually answer a call and so it's just the way it goes. I sent him to voice-mail and thought maybe he was just calling to tell me something ridiculously cute that the Little Dude had done. He's big into intentionally C.U.T.E. these days.

Then he texted, "Call home as soon as you can. Buddy is not okay.". Whoa, this is not what I was expecting. Long story short due to a very gracious co-worker I drove home as fast as my little wheels could legally take me.

From the moment I walked in it was evident that neither one of us wanted to wait out the two hours it would take for the pediatrician to call back. We ate some dinner exceedingly quickly and made the scary journey to the ER. As we were searching for a spot, said pediatrican called back and said that's exactly where he was going to send us.

No firm answers as to what his global pain was caused by, but they incidentally found an ear infection and think it's possible it was intussusception, a condition whereby the bowels telescope in on themselves. This can be intermittent and we'll just have to keep an eye on things. The goal here is to get an ultrasound when it's happening, so getting him to a doctor ASAP if it happens again (hopefully it won't).

Speaking of ultrasounds, that woman had the magic touch he serendaded her with the ABC's and Jingle Bells and told her he'd work on Silent Night.  Maybe he was in such a good mood when we got to her because we got to "drive the bed" down the hallway to get to her.

By far, the highlight of his night!

(Thanking our lucky starts to have a happy healthy little boy at home!)


  1. YIKES!! Been there. We thought Natalie had intussusception several times -- our pediatrician was awesome and gave us his personal cell so he could call in the test right away, since, as you probably learned last night, the test is corrective, but it also has to be performed DURING the episode! We thankfully lived down the street from the children's hospital, but it was a lot of screaming & had to deal with a few condescending nurses who just chalked up her screaming to her "being 2" Grrr. Good for you for trusting your instincts. Hope it was just an ear infection. In the meantime, I'll be sending your family all the positive thoughts & prayers I can.

  2. @ Kelli: Thanks. I kept thinking of you all last night and how you thought it might be worth ruling out last fall when he was up screaming all night for several months. I hope it hasn't been going on that long.

    Thanks a bunch for the thoughts and prayers. We are lucky to live less than a mile from a brand new pediatric ER.

  3. wow scary poor little guy must be incredibly painful

  4. scary. glad things calmed down for you. we took our oldest to the er a couple times, called an ambulance another. they all turned out to be for nothing, but totally nerve wracking. hope all is well...

  5. That picture is adorable. Looks like he must have been fascinated with all the stuff in the room. Sorry you had to go through that scare! Glad everything turned out okay this time and hope there's no recurrence! Love, mom

  6. @ Bryan: An ambulance? That's intense. Glad everything turned out okay in the end.

    @ Jan: For most of the night he didn't want the TV on, but this was shortly before we were discharged and he was more than happy to check out all the fun cartoons on at 3am. :D

    So glad he is feeling like his old fun self again!

  7. Oh, my gosh! Poor little guy and poor mom and dad! I'm glad he's feeling better now--here's hoping that's your last trip to the ER for a long, long time.

  8. @ Jen: Thanks, us too! How is Dean's asthma these days?


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