KayTar and I spent the day in the hospital. Yes, after not a SINGLE visit to the pediatrician since the summer, today we knocked out a pediatrician's appointment and a brief hospital stay. Overachievement is in our nature.
She was sick a couple of weeks ago, minor respiratory crud that we didn't even see the pediatrician for. She missed a week of school, but got over it on her own. She was healthy for a week and then on Saturday, she started sounding pretty rough again and by nightfall she had vomited and spiked a fever. In the night, she started wheezing and although the albuterol helped, she needed it every 2-3 hours to keep the wheezing under control. Sunday she was pretty sick, but we managed to stay out of the ER. In the evening, though, she threw up her bolus feeding and her meds. Before her pediatrician's visit this morning, she threw up her entire feed and then threw up again. And again. AND AGAIN. andagainandagainandagain. The pediatrician listened to her and she didn't sound too bad, but she wanted a chest x-ray because she was satting at 93% and a chemistry panel to check her for dehydration since she hadn't urinated since 6 the prior evening. We went to the hospital and though her chest x-ray was clear, she was wheezing a bit and her glucose level was circling the drain at 39. She was dizzy and lethargic and just NOT her chatty self. Over several hours, they gave her zofran, solumedrol, and glucose...as well as maintenance fluids. Once her numbers came back up and she perked up, she kept down 1/2 a popsicle and a few sips of Sprite...and we were on our way home! It was a long day, but I'm so glad we didn't have to stay overnight. She has to take 4 days of steroids, and I think the IV fluids and zofran will give us plenty of space to keep her hydrated and she should be doing much better soon. Fingers crossed!