Where did we go, you ask? Because just 10 hours ago I was sitting right here telling about my adventures in stupidity with the O2 compressor. Yes, well, we took a road trip. To the ER.
At about 8am we got the kids all up and Emma was not feelin great. Got her pain meds in her and her morning heart meds. With that she started gagging and spitting out marble-sized chunks of coagulated blood. (if that has you queezy stop reading now!). She also had a lot of fresh blood coming up and continued for a few minutes. We called Mike's parents (woke them up- thanks for coming so quickly this morning Peggy!!) and then the ped's office. We already knew we were headed to the ER but wanted to at least call her ped.
After sitting on hold for 7 minutes- which when your child is screaming and spitting up blood seems MUCH longer- I got a nurse and a page in to the dr. Got dressed, grabbed an overnight bag and stuffed it quickly then headed out the door when Mike's mom arrived. She'd continued to spit up coagulated blood another 3 or 4 times and had a constant drip of blood from her mouth. We rinsed it with water from a syringe, tossed her in the car and headed West.
In the car I called the ENT and we quickly got a call back that we could probably go to Orlando and didn't have to go to St. Pete for this. Of course if it does it again, we need to go to St. Pete for another visit to the OR for it to be fixed.
So... went to the ER at Arnold Palmer. Surprisingly they took us in immediately (the poor lady in front of me had to go sit and wait, I got an evil eye LOL), checked her out, her SATS were low but OK. They looked at her throat and said it's really irritated so is likely the cause of all the blood, but no active bleeds, which is good. Then we gave her some anti-nausea medication since she probably swallowed a lot of blood. They said to wait 20 min, feed her, and if she keeps it down we're ok to go. Within 90 minutes we were IN AND OUT of the ER! That's unheard of!
We stopped at Einstein Bagel Bros. for a quick bagel for breakfast... or was it now lunch? and headed back to the house. She's now resting somewhat peacefully with oxygen and a pulse ox and running a bit low sats but ok. Now I'M ready for a nap!
I think Emma just wants to make sure I never run out of writing material, though I'm sure you all would much rather hear about the new tricks the kids have learned than the next medical adventure.
Which reminds me, updates on all the kiddos are coming soon! Promise!