Monday, November 22, 2010

What a Day!


The day started like almost every day of this whole month. Someone had a fever. This time it was Andrew and Lucy. No problem. Fevers I can handle. I was making breakfast and I noticed that Andrew had what looked like a spider bite on his neck. I asked him if it was itchy and he said no. It looked kinda suspicious so I unzipped the front of his footie pajamas only to discover his entire chest and back covered in what I would later discover were hives. On and off all day long Andrew would get hives and then they would recede. They looked terrible. The pictures really do not do them justice at all. 4:15 that afternoon I took Andrew into the doctor. She told me the spots were hives and probably just a reaction the virus that was giving him the fever. Once again, not too big of a deal. Andrew and I got home and ate some dinner. He was pretty knocked out due to the Benadryl he was given at the doctors office. We hung out after dinner and then got the kiddos ready for bed. At this point Andrew told us that he needed to use the bathroom. He had been having diarrhea on and off all day so I didn't think much of it. He is 7 and totally takes care of himself and kinda seems to take his time, if you know what I mean. So after awhile I asked Eric if Andrew had just gone to bed and we had missed it. All the rest of the kiddos were already asleep. Eric went to check on him and then he called down to me. My first thought was that he must have fallen asleep on the potty because he had been so sleepy all night. But unfortunately that was not the case. What we discovered was that Andrew's rectum had prolapsed at some point and was stuck. What followed was a trip to the ER in an ambulance, lots of tests, IV's and the eventual correction of the prolapse. No surgery was needed, they were able to manually fix it. The whole thing was not ideal but Andrew was the biggest trooper EVER. He was a champ through the blood draw and IV stick. He didn't fuss at all. I am so thankful that he is feeling MUCH better today and the fever and hives are both gone. This was an experience I hope we never, EVER have to repeat!

3 comments:

Kelly and Jason said...

That was a wild day! I am so glad that you have health coverage for the kids! Can you imagine what all that must have cost? I feel so sorry for Andrew, it must have been embarrassing to have all those people dealing with his butt. I hope everyone recovers soon and everyone is healthy for a long time!

Stacy Dowling said...

Hope you guys are all better soon!!!

Eric said...

Add my mom having a stroke and being in the hospital to the days events as well.