What? didnt we just leave the place? it sure felt like that to me. Seems that we just cant enough of the paediatric ward. (a tad dramatic i know)
B and I both got food poisoning. It was the worst nausea I have ever experienced. It was the debilitating,cant lift your head, cant sleep, cant cry type of nausea. all from a bad batch of fruit in our smoothies!! sheesh, it was vile. I even had B watch jessie, so that i could try and nap while jack napped, that failed miserably as i felt so terrible. But there we both were being grateful that it was us and not the kids who were so ill.
WRONG!! Jack started throwing up on thursday night at 11:30. the first time, i was hoping that maybe he had been lting at a strange angle with his head too low. so after he had fed, i didnt expect anymore. 20 seconds later, his whole feed, landed all over him. I still held some hope that he’d be ok. By 3am, every feed had come back up. but praise God, he managed to stay asleep even while he threw up. I just turned him on his side when i heard it coming and let him get sick onto a towel. i missed a couple and landed up reeking of vomit. but the main thing was that he was getting much needed rest. He is such a CHAMP!! no crying, no screaming, just plain old amazing!
at 7am he finally kept a feed down, i was counting the minutes to see if he was getting better. I was on a high. at 7:41am i was not so happy, he threw up his feed and some bile for good measure. we all bathed and showered and he fed again. when he projectiled that one i made him a paed appointment.
The paediatrician checked him out, listened to the story and then said “im admitting him”. i had expected her to say that, but it still didnt do my poor heart any help. My poor boy was going to be given a drip!
We went to the ward and were admitted. Jack was so happy through out all this. he was smiling, laughing and flirting with everyone. some of the nurses thought it silly that he was being admitted. But doctors orders and all. Then they came for him. as they took him away to get his drip, my poor boy’s lip fell and he started sobbing. Parents aren’t allowed in the procedure room, so i had to walk away. my heart was being shredded inside of me. I physically had to block my ears, and try to ignore the fact that my baby was screaming in pain and there was nothing i could do. it was so hard not to run into that room and grab him away.
It took 2 nurses to hold him down so that the doctor could get the drip in. The stuck the drip in his foot, and said no breastfeeding for 6 hours and to try keeping him off of his foot. clearly they dont know about jack’s love of boob, or his busy-ness! they left us, jacke had boob and went to sleep. oops.
i was so hopeful that we would be home by friday night. then he threw-up. BANG went that hope. at 1ish the doc came and said that he could start feeding at 2. i had to tell her that he had already had 2 feeds. she said that we would stay the night and be discharged in the morning.
Through all this, jessie was with my mom. She had an awesome time and was good as gold. thanks the Lord that my mom runs the hospital. i do not know how b and i would get by without her. thanks mom!
B stayed for a while, but jessie did eventually get bored, so he took her off home for some play. jack and i played, he bounced around his cot, tried to rip off of his bandage, tried to eat through his IV, laughed, walked his cot… and never looked sick! in fact everything we werent supposed to do we did.
hospital is pretty darn boring, and its even more boring for a busy boy like jack who wasnt allowed to explore! he had another long sleep while i watched some TV.
(ok im getting bored of the blow-by-blow details so i’ll just be brief)
how any parent manages to sleep in a paediatric ward is beyond me! the drip beeps, kids scream (except mine), nurses are in and out, lights are on, the air-cons hum, husband is missing, other child is missing, its all so wrong. i must have had maybe 2 hours sleep. jack slept like a log and was awesome. he really is such a beautiful child!
we were discharged on saturday morning early. yay! i was so happy to be going home. b and jess were excited to have us coming back, and jack was thrilled to be able to explore again!
Thank-you Lord that our stay was short and that jack has recovered. Please help me not to take b, the kids or my own health for-granted. Good health is a blessing!