Thursday, March 5, 2009

 My old adage: a day with out brain surgery is a good day

Hi, my name is Wendi and I just overdosed my child to the point where I could barely wake him up, thought his symptoms were shunt malfunction, and spent 18 hours in the hospital with him. What new and crazy adventures have you had lately? All of your prayers and kind words meant so much to me. Thank you. Also, a big thanks to Rachel for updating my blog today when I didn't have access to the internet. I didn't want to leave you all hanging. I am extremely thankful that K's shunt was found to be functioning perfectly and with out any problems. Shunt issues are not fun and easy to deal with. Although I am not pleased that K had to go through what he did, adjusting medication is about the best case scenario when you are expecting a possible brain surgery. I am thrilled to report that after alot of fluids, and temporarily discontinuing his medication, K is back to his wonderful, energetic, giggly self. He is doing great. It is a huge relief after the fear I faced last night. I am not stretching the truth when I say that waking him up was extremely difficult for most of the afternoon and all night. To do so I had to put my hands under his arms and pick him up right. I would then say his name loudly. I would finally get an eye flutter when I would do that. The nurses and doctors noticed his lethargy in the waiting room and {probably made a few people pretty mad} brought us back to see the doctor before the 4 other people who had been waiting much longer than us. Most of the doctors who saw K were of the same mind that I was; suspecting shunt problems. They even began some pre-op stuff. Fortunately the CT scan, ultra sound, and x-ray were done pretty quickly and we were able to rule out the shunt. Of course at that point I felt so bad for dragging poor K to the hospital making him wait, get even more tired, get poked, and prodded. I felt like my mother's intuition had left me for the night. I usually just know when we can stay home and wait it out and when we need to get to the hospital. Half way through our stay I was beginning to think that I had been really off. That is a disconcerting feeling as a mother. But even through all of those discouraging emotions that strong feeling that "I know my K, and my K is not right!" would not leave me alone. Fortunately the medical staff were equally concerned. They had tried to rouse him a few times as well and had been slightly alarmed at their own inability to do so. I was searching my brain for any other clues as to what could be going on when the neurosurgeon finally asked a question, about any medical changes K may have recently gone through, which seemed to flip a switch in my mind. The increased dose of his medicine! We looked up the side effects of that particular medication and it was right there in black and white. Every single symptom we had observed. The decision was then made to admit us to a room and observe K through the night and morning. I was so tired I could barely move after 8 hours in the ER. We didn't get a whole lot more sleep during our 9 hours in the pediatric unit, and I must say home and my bed have never looked so wonderful! Tomorrow I will take K to his pediatrician for some follow up observations. Dave was able to take the day off and hang out with Noe and Jay. He did the dishes and all of my shopping with a 2 and 4 year old. Be still my beating heart. :) Thanks again for caring and loving our family.
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26 comments:

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Oh, Wendi - don't you feel bad for one second that you did what you had to do. With him not waking up, it would be impossible to know for sure what was going on, and you made the right call. I am SO relieved that it was just an adjustment in the meds and not something much more serious. You've been on my mind all last evening and today, and so now I'm praying that you get a chance to catch up on some much needed rest.

Heather of the EO said...

You know I'm really feeling for you right now. Being able to help your child with a shunt is a really good thing, without them...well, let's not go there....BUT, it's such a scary road too because you just can never be sure what's happening. There's never a time where you need to ask yourself if you're doing too much or putting him through too much. You can't be too careful. And you needed to find out what was happening. Medication stuff can be so tricky because it's supposed to help and so side effects aren't the first thing to come to mind-the shunt is the first thing to come to mind, as it should. You're an amazing, strong and loving mother. Even when exhausted :) Love and prayers,
Heather

Heather of the EO said...

I just realized the first part of that comment could be totally misunderstood. I meant without the shunt it would be really really bad...they help a problem...but they're a scary thing to deal with too. There, I think I'm more clear now. sheesh.

Kristy said...

I am so glad that everything is alright. Give him a big hug from us.

Lisa said...

so glad to hear from you - I have been checking in all day, waiting for some good news!!!

now, sweet girl get some sleep and hold that cute boy tight!!!

with love.....

Sara@i.Sass said...

I let out a big sigh.
I am so glad to here that K is fine. Meds are such a scary thing. I often tell Rob everything I have taken before I go to bed if I am sick because in case something happens he'll know what is in my system. (not that he'd really remember...but at least I told him right?)
I can't imagine the night you had. I've only been to ER once when Nina had strep and stopped eating and we didn't know she had strep. We were there for HOURS! and with every passing minute it just gets worse. I'm so sorry you had to go through that last night...
I agree it is good to be home.
I hope you are able to rest and K's meds get figured out and there are no more reactions or scares.
Hugs to you!

Sarah M. said...

Glad K is doing well. Hope you can catch up on your sleep this weekend.

Stacey said...

Wow Scary! Glad you are home and doing better!

Arlona Mc said...

It was so good to hear K's voice on the phone tonight. I am glad that you remembered about the change in medication and that his shunt is working well. You are a great mother. I am proud of you. I hope that you get a great night of rest. See you in the morning. Love, Mom Mc

jennifer said...

oh I'm so glad. I've been thinking and praying for you and K since I first read that he was having problems.

God is so good!

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Rachel @ Unexpected Blessings said...

So glad you are home. Your old adage makes me smile just as much today as it did the first time I heard you say it. You bring silly troubles of life into perspective with one simple sentence. I totally can relate to the mommy intuition and doubting yourself ect. So glad you followed your God given feeling. I seem to remember another time that happened. That & the color blue. God is so faithful.

Love you so much. Thanks for allowing me to update for you. It was a privilege. Sleep long & hard tonight. :)

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

Praise God! So glad you're home and everything went well. That boy is one tough cookie.

creative gal said...

Glad everything is ok!!

BaronessBlack said...

Hallelujah!
It's so much easier to be rational about these things when it's not YOUR child going through it. I know just what you mean about going through every possible change in last few weeks, from diet to the phase of the moon!
Glad to have you both back!

Noah and Ryders Mommy said...

Caring and Loving you and your family, Wendi is so hard NOT to do and I am just so thankful that K is okay!!! Praise God, my friend!

So thankful that it wasn't anything serious!

Loves and hugs and lots of rest!!

LuAnn said...

Thanks be to God!!! Glad you both are home.

Sarah said...

Praise the Lord! He is so good! You had a moment where you had to trust God with your child, yet again and you did...and God, as always, I'm sure, came through - ever Faithful - ever Loving - ever God. :) Thanks for sharing...
Sarah

Lois Lane II said...

Thank goodness it was just the meds! Be glad you took him to the hospital, because you know your kids better than anyone else. Praying for you and your fam!!

dani said...

it's always better to be safe than sorry, wendi; always go with your gut!!! and as far as getting to go back before others in the waiting room??? it's called triage, and it must have been quite obvious to those making the decision that k needed attention quickly.
i'm so happy for you all that he didn't need surgery.
rest up; and i will keep you in my prayers:)
love,
dani xxxxx

Julie said...

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I'm certain you are probably already aware of this family and their sweet baby, Jonah. But I am daily getting a prompting to tell you about them, I can't ignore it anymore.

Be blessed.

Kari Dawson said...

I'm sharing releif with you and glad you are both back home safe and healthy!

Debbie said...

Now you were just being a good mommy and trying to take care of him. Do NOT blame yourself for this. Just celebrate that no surgery is needed. What a great relief!

Anonymous said...

Wendi- so glad that K is doing better and that it isn't more serious than adjusting meds. Was thinking and praying lots since I read your post the other day. Take care and good luck catching up on lost sleep with your hands so full. Sarah Adolphs

Mrs. Naz of All That Naz & Becoming Me said...

Oh Wendi, You are such a wonderful and loving mother.

Elizabeth said...

so glad to hear that K's doing better...so sorry that it was so stressful...but you handled it like a champ as I am praising God for.