Home Away from Home

Well, George has had a bad week. Yesterday (Friday) we came in for IV fluids. Unfortunately, George was making his Mama nervous. He kept falling asleep. By noon, he had taken three naps, and by the time we were in Aberdeen getting fluids, he was on nap number seven.

Now, I know that after the week he’s had (tonsils and adenoids out, tubes in ears, staying in the hospital for three days, etc.), he deserved some rest…but for a 2-year-old, well, we were dwelling in a dangerous area.

George’s OTC has “episodes,” which are periods of seizures, brain swelling, high ammonia levels, etc. These are medical emergencies and need to be treated with IV therapy ASAP. In fact, I carry a letter from Mayo and a letter from his pediatrician, instructing any ER we may end up visiting that if George comes in with fever, lethargy, or other unexplainable symptoms, he needs to be treated immediately. No waiting for triage, no waiting for doctors orders, blood draw and IV first, questions second.

So, my question when we came in Friday afternoon was, “Is his lethargy caused from regular post-op blahs? Or are we dealing with something else?” Doc couldn’t answer that, so we drew some blood. And quickly received our answer. George was dehydrated.

Now, I received a thorough grilling from our pediatrician. You see, he was behind in information. He knew that George had surgery on Tuesday, but he didn’t realize that he wasn’t taking anything orally and had only been released the night before with the saline-lock in his hand, with orders to come back each day for fluids until he was drinking 20-30 ounces per day. So we had gone a little over 12 hours without fluid, and George’s stats weren’t good.

The doc explained it to me like this: George’s body thought it was starving. So, it started the process of breaking down it’s own tissue to get enough protein, etc. that it needed. He called it acidosis.

So, we are back in the hospital. We have learned a valuable lesson. George can’t go very long without fluids. He dehydrates in RECORD time…and I mean fast! And although he was producing tears, had a runny nose, moist mouth (all signs that he’s hydrated enough), the blood work showed a way different story.

And now we know.

It is Sunday…and I will give thanks to God for allowing us to have the technology and the means to be able to figure these things out, and correct the deficiencies that are there. I will thank Him for the wisdom of the doctors, the compassion of the nurses and the love and care of all our friends and family. I will thank Him for mother’s intuition.

But most of all, I will thank Him for George.

4 thoughts on “Home Away from Home

  1. Just started reading your blog the other day on my facebook page when George was hospitalized and giggled over the great imagery you put into your writing describing your farmer hubby coming with the other kids to get you at the hospital. Telling my daughter (Katie on the Banks of Squaw Creek) this afternoon that I had read you and thought your writing was so fantastic and she said George wasn’t doing too well and needed our prayers. SO GLAD he is better this evening…all those prayers must have worked!! It is remarkable how a “mothers intuition” is usually right. I have always been able to tell when my children aren’t “quite right” or “getting sick” just by the look in their eyes…don’t ever feel that you are worrying too much…or being a hypochondriac. Momma’s just know when their children aren’t up to par and you are doing a great job!! My mom (89 yrs old) still knows when I’m not “up to snuff” and there are 10 kids in my family. Trust your feelings!! Hugs and Prayers from the Grandma down the road from Squaw Creek

  2. So he is expected to recover fully now? I was at my mom’s yesterday and she was telling me all about your last post, and how she laughed so hard at the imagery of your boys, and when I told her about George, she was heartbroken. I’m so glad to hear he’s doing better. We have been thinking about you!

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