Friday, July 25, 2008

Emergency room scare

Wednesday night I get a call from DJ saying that Ian is bleeding and he is taking him to the ER at Scottish Rite. He said I didn't have to come and that he can handle it. Of course I know he is very capable, but I also know I would have not gotten any school work done sitting around waiting to hear. First off, the bleeding is bad because he just had palate surgery. Secondly, he has hemophilia which makes clotting and healing difficult enough without any issues. Luckily, DJ was smart enough to think to give him Amicar, which is the medicine Ian gets after surgeries to help him heal like he should. The Amicar helped stop the bleeding by the time they got to the hospital. Once I finally get there(the drive seemed to take forever), I see my mom, DJ, and Ian all covered in blood. Talk about scary! They have already seen a nurse, who has taken his temperature (101.2) and given him some Tylenol. We wait around for a while for a plastic surgeon to get there. She attempts to look at his palate, but has little success with a hungry baby who's in pain. The ER doc looks at Ian's ears, which look "perfect". However, at this point we have little explanation for the bleeding. Dr. Williams, Ian's regular plastic surgeon, is out of town and would like us to come in for office hours tomorrow. So, we part ways. Ian's grandmothers take him to the plastic surgeon's office the next day. Dr. Williams is in Colorado, but was able to talk to them on the phone. He seemed to think that the packing had caused the spontaneous bleeding. The packing, made of corn starch, dissolves after a few days. When it dissolves, it leaves exposed gum and such and can cause bleeding. As far as the temperature goes, he wrote a prescription for an antibiotic to get only if Ian still had a temperature the next day. No need in giving medicines Ian didn't need if the only cause for the fever was dehydration.

Fast forward to today, Friday. Ian has eaten about 14-15 ounces since 8 am and 2 containers of baby food. Although this is not much at all, it is a big improvement from the previous days. I know the poor little guy is hungry. And "little" is to be taken literally. Ian was never a big baby to begin with, so not eating much for a week makes him look scary-little. Luckily, we're improving day by day. I cannot wait until he is eating like he was before surgery. I don't mind the restless night so much, but I do mind that he is having such a hard time eating.

7 comments:

Allison said...

Oh, you guys, that sounds so scary . . . I'm sorry Ian (and you) had to go through all that! Please know we're thinking of you and sending prayers for Ian's recovery and overall happiness!

Heather said...

Yikes - bleeding is always scary, especially when you don't know why! I hope he recovers quickly and starts eating like himself again soon.

The Dawkins said...

Hopefully he is feeling better. Dr Williams is our p/s surgeon also.

Tara said...

oh my gosh Mary! That sounds so terrible. I have no idea how you guys handle all you do. I am inspired by you that is for sure. I'll be keeping Ian in my thoughts and prayers and hope he is on the mend.

Jessica (I've survived a brain tumor!) said...

I hate hearing that Baby Ian is forced to endure even more than he already dealt with, but he's in good hands (God's, his parents, and all his family) and I know he's in many prayers. My love goes out to him and I hope he's feeling a lot better really soon!

John, Shannon, Broderick, Camden, and Adalynn said...

lots of prayers. I hope all is going well now and that he is eating better and better each day. Adalynn, too, ended up in the hospital this week, so I know your fears. Ours seemed like a breeze compared to yours, but anytime you are in the hospital it is scary

Jenson's said...

Ian continues to be in our prayers. What an awesome trooper to be able to handle what he has gone through. I am glad to hear is eating more though. Ian is truly blessed with a great set of parents.