October 28, 2010

Sick Baby Kace

On Monday of this week Kace started acting fussy, and not himself.  I text TJ that afternoon and told him he was acting funny.  Later that night I took his temperature and it was up to 99 ish.  I started to worry, even though it wasn't actually a true fever yet.  TJ was at rehearsal, so I put the big boys to bed, and just kept watching him carefully.  He was acting so lethargic, and crying like he was in a lot of pain, so at about 9:30 I decided to call the Dr.  He told me if his fever got up to 100.4 to take him to the ER.  He said with babies so young they worry about Meningitis. 

10 minutes after I talked to the doctor, I took his temp again and it was 100.4 exactly.  I of course started freaking out, and called TJ in a panic.  He ran home and got us and we went to the ER.  The doctor there said since his temp was so high, he wanted to do some test.  They put an IV in him (so sad), put a catheter in him for a urine sample (also very sad), did x-rays of his chest (not horrible), and then did a spinal tap (saddest ever).  I didn't stay during the spinal tap, I went out into the hall and cried instead.  It was so horrible watching my baby go through all of that.  He is just so little and helpless, and I felt like I had let him down by not keeping him healthy. 

After all the tests, they started him on some antibiotics for about an hour.  The doctor said we had to stay for 48 hours.  His temperature was up to 102 by the time we got done with the antibiotics.  He was so miserable.  If you moved him at all he would cry in pain.  He didn't want to eat, and he was super fussy. 

They checked us into our room, and our nurse came and game him Tylenol.  It helped him so much!  His fever started to go down, and you could tell it took away some of the pain.  It was now 3 am, and we were all exhausted.  We finally got to sleep, but were back awake to a sad baby in about 3 hours.  His fever had gone back up, so they gave him more meds.  

We had to wait about 24 hours to get all of the tests back.  Kace slowly started to feel better, and eat better.  TJ got sick the same day Kace did, and it hit him really hard.  He went home that morning to sleep, and didn't come back for the rest of our stay because we were worried about him being by Kace.  
Hooked up to all of his tubes.  You can't see his IV but it's in his right arm.
The next night I was so exhausted!  I hadn't slept for 2 nights, and lets be honest I hadn't really recovered from having the baby!  I said a prayer that night asking for help with my sweet baby, and myself.  I prayed that I would be able to make it through the night.  The times that I woke up, I felt fine.  I don't remember being tired.  I'm tired now though!  :)
This is pretty much where Kace slept.  I didn't want to put him down!  I look horrible, but don't judge, I was tired!
Our tests came back, and it wasn't Meningitis.  We were thrilled!  The viral tests showed that it was the Rhino virus.  Dr. McKenna said that he was hoping it would be that, and that he should be just fine.  By the way, I love our doctor!  Dr. McKenna is amazing, and if anyone is looking for a Pediatrician, look him up!  His business is called Treehouse Pediatrics. 

They were planning on sending us home at 9 pm Wed. night, but since his tests looked so good, we got to go home around 5 pm instead.  We were very happy about that!  It felt like we just got out of the hospital for his delivery, and we were right back in!  
Right before we went home.  He was feeling much better!
 Thanks to everyone who helped us through this!  Both our Mom's were so amazing.  Thanks for all your prayers for our sweet baby Kace.   

We love you KJ!  Don't scare Mommy and Daddy like that again!