Emily has been a real trooper. She has had the best attitude. She is all smiles and laughs. And I am so thankful to God that I have all these wonderful moments. I try not to think about what might of happened if we hadn’t come to Children’s on Sunday. God’s hand has been in this the whole time. He is truly amazing. And I definitely believe in the power of prayer and I am able to take such great comfort in knowing that I have this amazing support system of friends on the internet that are thinking and praying for us. I am in tears now. I don’t mean to sound sappy but each of you mean so much to me. You are my rock through this. I can’t even begin to thank you all.
Emily has a great spirit and its so easy to forget that she is as sick as she is. Since her surgery, she has ran no fever, complained of no pain, and has began to regain her appetite. But she has an infection raging in her body that is going to take weeks to recover from. Kids are just so tough. The doctor came in last night and said they drained the abscess but the pouch is still there and there is a 20-30% chance it will refill before the surgery in 6 weeks. We are waiting on the cultures to come back today to learn more. I still can’t believe my baby went 10 days with a ruptured appendix and I didn’t know! (Oh here comes the waterworks again.) It just baffles me because when you think appendicitis, you think severe abdominal pain and her pain wasn’t severe. I took her to the doctor twice and they missed it (yeah I am changing doctors, already found a new one). I am just thankful the Lord lead us here on Sunday. And would you believe when we arrived the ER had nobody in it?? It was empty. That hardly EVER happens!
Children’s Hospital is amazing. The staff is so friendly and they are eager to get you whatever you need. They have a pantry on the floor with drinks and snacks for the patient and family. They are constantly asking us if we need anything to make our stay more comfortable. There is a nice TV with a built in DVD player. The room could stand to be a bit bigger and this chair bed is not that comfortable but they got me an egg crate mattress which helps.
There is an activity room on our floor for kids 5-11. They have games, toys, dvds, arts and crafts, etc. Emily will be allowed to go there today. Last night I went and checked her out 2 Scooby Doo DVDs and a board game. How neat is that?? They also have this huge, amazing center called The Children’s Harbor. It is huge and has tons of amenities like game rooms, basketball courts, arts and craft centers, etc. She is also free to go there today. They have a painting class I think she will really like. They also have these wagons that you can pull your child around the hospital in to get them a change of scenery. I took Emily to see the big Disney figurine display and she loved that!
It’s heartbreaking seeing all the sick kids though. But I say a prayer for each one and thank God they have a nice hospital like this one to come to. I can’t say enough great things about this hospital. I am truly blown away.
I am doing as good as a mother can be in this situation. My husband actually was under the impression that I could leave yesterday. I had to burst his bubble. There is no way that I am leaving her side. It would literally rip my heart in two. The hospital does have wifi and I brought my mini laptop with me and I am able to blog some. I don’t want to get too far behind or leave you guys hanging. But their free wifi is so slow. Pictures load like they did on the old dial up. It’s kind of amusing and takes me back to 15 years ago when internet was still in the stone age. I do have an amazing friend who is helping me with some of my posts. It’s awesome having her to help.
I am sleeping as good as I can and taking care of myself and baby #3. I am 13 weeks pregnant today! The baby seems to be behaving. It seems like they know that sissy is sick. Jacob has been staying with my mother in law. He came up yesterday for an hour to visit Emily and he was so sweet with her. Until he got tired of being here and then he was “fun”.
They are inserting a pict iv today. She will be on antibiotics for 2 weeks. They mentioned having a home health nurse come to administer the antibiotics, but I don’t know many details yet. They will sedate her to put it in and plan to do it this morning. So please keep her in your prayers. I will update you was soon as I know more.
For those of you that haven’t been following the story…. Emily had what I thought was a stomach bug followed by a UTI. This lasted for 9 days before I took her to the ER at Children’s Hospital. (She had already been to the doctor twice and was on antibiotics.) They found that her appendix had ruptured 10 days prior and she had a pus filled abscess the size of a softball in her abdomen. Monday they went in and drained the abscess. Now we are working on healing the infection and getting her better. In 5-6 weeks, we will return to have her appendix removed. Right now it’s just a wait and see game. All prayers and thoughts are appreciated!