Sunday, June 27, 2010
Hospital Hopping...and a question...
This weekend was our church camping weekend. We had a great time...they are my family, and we love to spend time together....I stayed over on Friday night with Faith and Pete came home with the other 3 girls for some Saturday plans we already had made.
Then on Saturday evening Pete and the girls headed out to the campground. We had our talent show, which is like no other...we are a unique bunch of people:-)
After the show we were enjoying sundaes when Faith was brought to me in the kitchen. She was having a focal seizure. So we just laid her on the counter and watched her, her breathing, her colour, the seizure activity. I stayed calm!! I called for Pete to come over with her ativan, because we were approaching 5 minutes...and we gave her 1 (.5mg) and waited. She still would not come out of the seizure, so we decided we would head to the hospital in the little town we were in.
We left the kitchen and then went back in to ask for prayer first. We were surrounded!! Faith finally came out of the seizure after about 10 minutes altogether, and we headed out to the hospital anyways.
We were almost there when she vomited all over herself and the car seat, and I did my best to clean her up...when we got there, I stripped her down and brought her in without her shirt on...she was so tired...we were pushed through other people in triage and registration, then headed to the waiting room.
We were talking with the other people in the area (because in a small town everyone talks to everyone) and then Faith sat up and started vomiting again...I, being the awesome mom I am, cupped my hand, so not to get it on the floor...yuck!!
I held Faith over the garbage pail and just let her keep going...they gave us a kidney basin, but let me tell you...projectile would never have made it in at all!!
That is when they decided to get us into a room right away:-) (if you are looking for quick rooms in a hospital...bodily fluids are a great way to speed it up!!)
She was pretty cranky and then finally zonked out...and we waited.
We have learned that hospitals can be a great source of entertainment. While waiting to be seen, we heard all the new cases coming in...a college guy with paper towel on his eye and in his nose...apparently the deck still looks ok, drinking? Obviously...
The guy who comes in and says "I was here last night, and the doc gave me a prescription but they never filled it. I need a new one". And when questioned started cussing and left the hospital...but stayed outside the door...security was involved to escort him off the property.
Then there was the ambulance call that came in...The man was obviously drunk, and when asked in triage why he was there, loudly stated that he had no idea!! They continued questioning him and he had some very interesting responses...but the most memorable response was "Are you on any medication right now" He replies "Beer", then they said "anything other then beer?" he responded "Vodka". They also asked him how long he had been drinking (meaning that day) and he said "about 8 years"...we were killing ourselves laughing!!
Anyhow, they finally came in and asked about Faiths protocols and was it necessary that we go to the hospital. I think that while we are trying to figure out what is going on with her, any seizure that lasts 10 minutes and takes that long to respond to the PRN should be documented somehow...I wanted the bloodwork done to help determine potential reasons for the seizure...it is like we are putting together the puzzle of her brain and we need to find all the trigger factors...
They used this numbing cream, Emla, on her arms and let it sit to take effect. Then they came and drew her blood and the results came back that she was showing very mild signs of dehydration. Her creatinine levels, and something else were low, and her sodium level was at 138 (which is the lowest it should be)...these apparently show the dehydration. But it was minor and we just bought some gatorade on the way back to the campsite to help bring her levels back up.
Anyways, all is well, she was cranky and not really herself today. I guess that is the recovery from the ativan. We are still learning to deal with this, and are getting better at handling it all:-)
Now, to my question...it is a hard one and I want honest, hit me, answers...I don't care what side you are on, I just want to make the right decision...
We are planning a family vacation. 1 week of camping, and we were thinking maybe at Algonquin or Temagami, not sure yet where. After this weekend, and the hospital trip (which was 4 hours btw) we are feeling like our other kids are getting the raw end of the deal...this was more eye opening then anything.
We are so thankful to have had friends there to watch our other 3 kids, they enjoyed the fire and marshmallows, they enjoyed playing with their friends, the friends helped get our kids into bed (oh, and the dog) and gave up their time for us.
It is nice to have that peace of mind, but it is bittersweet...we didn't get to enjoy the fire and marshmallows with them, we didn't get to watch them enjoying their friend time, we didn't get to get them ready for bed...or deal with our dog...we missed it all. Our kids missed that too.
And Cutie Pie has some anxiety issues that she needs to learn to work with, and was very concerned, kept talking about it and then was quiet as well.
I know this is part of their life, and they are going to just need to learn to live through it together. However, I really want to be able to take a "normal" (for lack of a better word) vacation for them...where they are not worrying about if Faith will be ok, or if our plans will change. Will both of us be at the site with them or will we lose one parent along with Faith to the hospital?
I am really struggling with this decision...On one hand, she is part of our family, and what memories are we making without her? and on the other hand, the other 4 kids are having to give up their time more often then desired...I don't want to miss them and lose them in the process either....?
So, what is your opinion, anyone who deals with this kind of issue I would love an opinion...to help me work through what would work right for us, our kids and Faith...