Thursday, June 11, 2009

It's No Fun To Be Sick

It all started Sunday evening when I couldn't get Landon to eat ANYTHING. Even his favorite maple and brown sugar oatmeal was refused. That night Landon woke up three times. I usually wait to see if he will put himself back to sleep, which he did each time. In the morning I awoke to find that he had thrown up three times in the night. I felt awful. I had no idea. He was so tired he must have slept in it because it was caked on everywhere.

He continued to throw up anything I gave him that day, including water and Pedialyte. By the evening he was completely lethargic and not responding to us at all. We decided to take him in to Primary Children's Hospital in case he needed an IV. Sure enough, after spending about 2 hours in the waiting room they told us he needed an IV. After getting his blood work back they decided to keep him overnight. Needless to say, it was quite a long night.

By next afternoon, Landon was able to keep down a few ounces of Gatorade and a cracker which apparently qualified us to go home. I was overjoyed until I got home and found that the vomiting continued. I took him to see his pediatrician the next day and she said that he should not have been released and that we needed to go back. Not wanting to put the poor little guy through the trauma again I asked if we could hammer the fluids for a few hours and see if he could keep it down. She reluctantly agreed.

Of course by the time we got home Landon was back to refusing everything we offered. We even took him to the store so he could pick out his own drink. He was actually really excited at first, but of course refused it in the end. So back we went. After another IV we were convinced that he would be fine through the night and opted out of another hospital stay. We dragged ourselves home around 3:00am, utterly exhausted. After a final trip to the pediatrician's office this morning to follow up on Landon's progress, we are satisfied that he is starting to turn the corner. We still have to push the fluids, but he is eating a few solid foods and is getting the color back in his cheeks. PHEW!