Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A second ER visit...

No picture today, sorry. Just a story.

Lola went to the emergency room for the second time in her short life last night (Tuesday). Ray called me at work about 3 p.m. and said Lola was screaming her head off and he couldn't seem to comfort her. But, she eventually went back to bed and was trying to sleep when I got home about 5 p.m.

When she woke up, Lola refused to eat either her bottle or her green peas (!) and we knew something was wrong. Gave her a bath and she felt OK, but not herself. Took her temperature and it was 101. After a call to the 24-hour nurse line, we packed her up and took her to the ER.

Temp at the doctor's office also was 101.

(Quick rant: triage note noted in her admittance note that us parents had her wrapped in two heavy blankets, so that could affect the temp reading. OK, in Bemidji this morning, it was -26 degrees. Without windchill. I can't imagine it was much warmer than that at 10 pm. last night. Had we brought the baby in without blankets, we probably would have been reported to Family Services for exposing our baby to a risk for hypothermia. Grr.)

Anyhow, after about 90 minutes of waiting and letting everyone else listen to Lola scream, we saw the ER doctor at about 10 p.m. At this point, Lola has not eaten more than 1 ounce since 4 p.m. and hasn't slept since 6 p.m. After checking her ears, throat, oxygen levels and gums (no teeth), they give her some Motrin and we head home.

All in all, it was an uneventful, and exhausting, evening. Lola was asleep in her car seat before we pulled out of the parking lot and fell asleep promptly in her crib once we got home. She woke up about midnight, downed 6 ounces of formula and slept through the night.

She woke up at about 8:30 a.m., ate another 5-6 ounces and played for about 10 minutes before going back to sleep. She does have a touch of a fever, but it's not high enough to cause alarm or concern at this point, just Tylenol.

So, we hope the worst is behind us.

Happy New Year everyone -- hopefully, our daughter enters the New Year with a regular temp and a full tummy!
- Bethany :)