I feel sheepish even posting these, because it seems beyond bizarre to take photos of your child in the middle of a health crisis. BUT (she defensively says), while waiting and waiting in our ER exam room, I discovered that we had a camera in the diaper bag, and since there were two parents available for Xander and nothing to do but wait, documenting the occasion seemed acceptable. Due to all of our illness, it took me another four days to get the pics off the camera.
So here's Xander last Wednesday night, looking sick and tired and scared, with his parents, who were only slightly less sick, tired, and scared than he was.
The gown says "tired little tiger" and has sleepy tigers all over it. As if your heart weren't being tugged on enough.
After gowning up they had to do some bloodwork, which required swaddling him with one arm out. One nurse held him on the bed while another got blood samples. I had expected Xander to freak out, tantrum, cry...instead he looked terrified and called "ma-MA! ma-MA! over and over again, for the entire time (5 minutes? 30 minutes? eternity?) that it took. He only stopped once, to switch to "da-DA! da-DA!" and then back to my name. I tried to soothe him the whole time. I would really, really like never to have to repeat this experience ever again.
Afterward I held him and we both cried. I don't remember Dan taking these photos. Guess I can no longer complain that there are no pics of me with the kids. :P
Xander seemed so much older just in the span of an hour.
Sarah asked how they get a baby to keep an IV line in. Here's how: they put a hep-lock in as soon as they're done taking blood, and then they use a mile of tape to cover it up and bind his arm to a splint. He seemed briefly annoyed by it, then pointed to the hep-lock and asked "that?" Then he seemed to forget it.
Ages later, they finally hooked him up to the IV for 30 minutes of antibiotics. Ok, it wouldn't have been so long, except that they wanted to start the drip before actually checking the labs and x-ray. Sorry, no. If we're going to give my baby IV meds, we're making sure he has nasty bacteria in there, ok? He does? Fire away. We nixxed the IV fluids. Kiddo had been drinking tons all day and his labs showed that he was hydrated just fine,thankyouverymuch.
Hep-lock, IV pump, and sleeping Xander after the meds.
No more sick babies, please. He was a trooper but I never want another child to have to go through this.