"I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life;
to put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived." ~Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Lauren's Infirmities

The last few days have been very busy with Lauren. On Friday she made her first trip to the ER. Right before we about to put kids in bed, Lauren climbed up on the kitchen table and fell off. She landed flat on her forehead and only let out a whimper when she hit the ground. I grabbed her and held her in my lap and her eyes started rolling back in her head and she became almost unresponsive. That freaked Cody and me out, so I took her straight to the ER.

ER trips are always long, boring, and tiresome. But it wasn't so bad this time because they got her right back into a room. She and I cuddled on the bed together and watched TV while we waited FOREVER for the doctor to come in. The whole time she seemed very lethargic and didn't want to drink anything. I was pretty worried and they said they would probably do a CT scan.

About 10 minutes before the doctor finally came in, Lauren perked right up, drank a whole cup of water, and wanted down from the bed to explore. She started pulling things out of cabinets left and right and being so noisy. When the doc examined her, he decided she would be fine and that her brain had likely "reset itself". But that night I had to wake her up every hour to make sure she was wakable. So between that and two other kids coughing all night, I barely slept!

On Sunday we were sitting in Sacrament Meeting but Lauren only wanted to lay down on the bench. Very unlike her because she's such a busy body. About 45 minutes into it she crawled up in my lap and laid her head on my chest and she was boiling hot and was breathing funny! So Cody took her home and she slept forever.

That evening as I was finishing up dinner she was lying on the couch and when I checked on her, her fever was likely 103-104 degrees. She was having trouble breathing so I packed her up and off we went to Instacare. I gave her Tylenol right before we left, so by the time she got back into Triage and they took her vitals, her temp was down to 101. And that was WITH a Tylenol! The doctor examined her and decided she had some sort of respiratory infection and he said left untreated it would have easily turned in pneumonia. Poor baby! So she got on an antibiotic and albuterol and within 24 hours she made a HUGE improvement. Thank goodness for modern medicine!


Julie said...

How scary. I hope your precious little girl is feeling better today.


Ev said...

Besides the falling on her head bit, I completely understand the fever and breathing funny. When AF gets even a simple cold, I have to stay on it with her nebulizer and keeping all that crap as dried up as possible. Otherwise, it will turn into pneumonia, also. That child will miss more days of school for a cold than anyone ever should. She can't breathe if she doesn't get a breathing treatment every 3-4 hours.

Joey and Nettifer said...

Oh holy sweet baby! What a weekend for her! My gosh and for mama too! I hope she is doing better. Thanks for the thumbs up yesterday. Madelyn DOES not like primary - it makes me sad to make her go when she cries, but she will get use to it.