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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Home!

Forgive me for not posting earlier; I was napping and then catching up on email and such.

They discharged us at around dawn today after Hallie was given via syringe and later bottle about 5 ounces (5-10 ml every 5-10 minutes) of pedialyte. They wanted us to keep giving this to her all night, but rascal that she is, Hallie decided to fall asleep (out of sheer exhaustion) at about 2:30am. One of the less helpful docs thought we should keep waking her up until she took 8 ounces. He was the same one who suggested at discharge that we give her crackers this evening--never mind that we had repeatedly stated that our kid eats only purees, but she was also wearing a big allergy bracelet that had wheat and barley listed on it; I guess we can give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he meant rice crackers, but still.... A nurse nixed that idea and so, when we'd been there around 7 hours without further vomiting, they let us go.

Hallie's had a few more ounces of pedialyte this morning/afternoon, and as per her pediatrician's advice, has had her morning dose of prilosec in apple sauce and a half pedialyte/half goat milk bottle. All of that has stayed down, so we hope that the worst has passed.

Once this thing has run its course, we'll explore the other issues related to allergies and GI stuff. Our GI wants us to taper Hallie's prilosec dose, but this has us a bit concerned since the reflux is under control, but only just. More promising might be trying something other than reglan. But he also hinted that we'd probably need further testing, and I am not sure how either of us feels right now about subjecting Hallie to that --- she has been through a lot recently and it is getting harder and harder to get her to submit cheerfully to anything (including taking her blood pressure, which had one of the nurses this morning really ornery. We told her that Hallie's blood pressure was fine and that no one tries to take it anymore (which is true; they often get vomited on when they do so they learn pretty quickly). The ornery nurse was none too amused and it was she who decided that it was essential to boot us out of there by turning on all the lights and banging around loudly this morning. But it's a good thing that Hallie did not decide to respond to her rather rough touch by vomiting on her (as much as we'd have enjoyed this on some level) because that would have bought us another few hours in the ER at the very least, and could've gotten Hallie a less-than-gentle IV stick, to boot. Good thing our girl takes after her moms and most of the time knows when to pick her fights!

3 comments:

23wktwinsmommy said...

Glad your home...as you read S&E had/have a stomach bug that is nearing day 7. I hope Hallie's was a 24 hour one.
As for the adoptive papers...I'm outraged!!! Edwin and I aren't married and I bet any amount of money he could bring them anywhere with an insurance card. That is so unfair and I'm sorry you had to deal with that. You are just as much Hallie's Mommy as Sharon is. I hope that never happens again!

Sara Cohen said...

Glad you are home. I am so sorry you had such an ordeal in the ER. Give her hugs from her friend Charlie whom she's yet to meet! Sara

Aidan's mom said...

So glad you are home but sorry you went through such a mess in the ER. Glad Hallie is on the mend!