Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Wait and see.
Sheena had to get a nasal-gastric tube put in today, as she's become worse with her Gastro. She was so sick, she had no energy to put up a fight when they put the tube in, but they had 'boxing glove' bandages on her anyway just in case. They loaded her up with 600mls of gastrolite, and I was expecting a bright and bubbly little girl by the end of it, but she was still very lethargic and listless. There is nothing they can do to treat Gastro, other than make sure the kids don't get too dehydrated, so once she was loaded up, we were sent home.
The Doctors and Nurses were annoying me by saying, 'oh, she's looking a lot better', after 300mls had gone down, while she was still wilting away in my lap barely able to lift her head off my chest. At first I went along with their positive talk (or at least tolerated it), which I am sure is a strategy to rush everyone home from hospital as soon as possible, but after the 600mls had gone down, and they tried it again, I said, that she was a long, long, long way from looking anywhere near ok. They fairly took a step back because it was so disingenuous anyway. She probably took her head off my chest for a total of 2 minutes for her whole 6 hours in hospital. The hard thing is that with gastro, you're meant to treat it as an emergency and get your kid seen to if they become listless. However, we were sent home with a very weak and listless girl. Very frustrating on one level, but at the same time, if there is no intervention they'll do anyway, everyone is much more comfy at home. They didn't want to overload her with fluids any more on account of her heart defect. So we shall see.
Anyway, in the big scheme of things, we're so lucky we're close to such a good children's hospital, where we get A1 treatment for free.