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Stalked by the Stork...a diary of raising twelve kids

Having twelve children is an amazing blessing and one heck of a crazy ride. Join us through all the joys, smiles, tribulations and trials as we navigate this fabulous journey!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Back to the Doctor With Syd...heart murmur still there

This afternoon we took Sydney back to the Doctor's office to get checked out again. Initially, our appointment wasn't until tomorrow at 2:00. In fact, the babies and I had other appointements and errands to run this morning but we had sort of a tough night last night and well...I'll explain.
Last night, we laid the twins down at around 8:30 to go to bed and about two hours later, Alexandria woke up screaming at the top of her lungs in her crib. Albert took a peek inside her room to make sure nothing was wrong and then he came back out saying "she's fine in there." So, we let her cry, assuming she'd probably go right back to sleep. But 45 minutes later, she was still at it, so we got her and brought her back to our bed. As soon as we brought her in bed with us, it was clear something was wrong. Apparently, her little tummy was bothering her because she kept screaming and grabbing her stomach. Her arms were trembling and she kept bouncing on her knees and drawing them up to her chest. An hour passed and she was still screaming almonst non stop. We would take turns rubbing her tummy which would make her quiet down for a couple of minutes and then she would start up screaming again. After about two and a half hours of screaming, we called our pediatrician's exchange (you think they are getting tired of us yet???) It took about another 30 minutes for the nurse to call us back and by that time Alexandria had settled down. The nurse I spoke with said I needed to call back right away if she had another screaming jag and I assured her I would, but added that it looked like she was settling down for the night. This was the point that Albert was finally able to get to sleep as well after staying up to help comfort Alex. No sooner did I hang the phone up she started screaming again. Another 20 minutes of screaming off and on and I picked up the phone to call back. As soon as I dialed the number, she fell asleep. She tossed and turned trying to get comfortable, whining and fussing until 2:00a.m. Then around 3:00 she woke up, apparently not in pain, but unable to sleep as she isn't used to sharing a bed and having so many pillows and blankets. So, I brought her back to her crib and she fell asleep instantly. I then went back to bed myself, only to be woken up by Sydney screaming at 4:00a.m. I dragged myself downstairs to make her a bottle and when I came back up and got her out of her bassinette to feed her, I noticed she was really hot. Crap. I went back downstairs for the thermometer which told me she was 101 again. Great. Then she couldn't eat because she was so congested so it was back downstairs agian for the nasal syringe. She had a hard time for about an hour and was breathing irregularly again, almost causing me to throw on some clothes and head out the door to the ER again. She cried, fussed and arched her back a lot and I was starting to get worried. Finally at around 5:15 she fell back asleep. Needless to say when Albert's alarm went off at 5:30a.m. I had some difficulty getting up. Albert got the boys up and dressed for school and I came downstairs at 7:15 in time to get coats on everyone and get them out to the bus stop.
Syd continued to do poorly for the remainder of the morning, crying a lot and continuing to have feeding problems. I cancelled our morning appointment and errands and decided we'd just stay in. (BTW Alex woke up feeling fine!)
By lunch time, it was clear that Syd was really not well and I put in several calls to her pediatrician speaking with the nurse a couple of times. Dr. Young said to bring her in and so I bathed her and got her all ready so we could leave when Drew and Manny got home. But, alas, no car keys could be found because Albert had accidently taken them to work. No, I am not kidding. I call and tell the office I won't make it afterall and they tell me to go to the ER when Al gets home. 5 minutes later, Al is home and we call back to see if they'll still take us at the office. They will.
We get there and Dr. Young listens to Sydney's lungs and says they sound clear- even better than last Friday. She observes her do the crying and breathing things she had been doing for me and Dr. Young says "Oh yeah, I wouldn't want to see a baby do that in my house either!" Then she tells us that it looks like Sydney has reflux now too! She says that her assesment of the way Syd cries suddenly and painfully tells her that there is probably some acid reflux comming up and that her breathing and gagging issues are related to all the mucus and sludge running down the back of her throat. We get a script for Zantac and one for albuteral incase of another serious coughing fit. Then she tells us that Syd does still have the heart murmur and that we'll need to have an Echo of her heart done to make sure it isn't anything serious. She says it could be anything from an innocent murmur to a hole in her heart but even if that's the case, it would likely close later on its own so not to worry. Not sure when the Echo will be scheduled for, I guess we'll find out in the next couple of days. Sooooo, that's been the drama of the day.
Oh,yeah, Alex felt warm when I changed her into her pajamas so I took her temp...99.3
I'm really hoping that it was just because it's night time and everyone's temp goes up at night and NOT because she's getting sick. Dear God, I will go crazy if I end up with another sick kid!
Thursday is Brandon's clinic appointment. I'm almost scared to take him in light of all the recent drama! I'm sure it'll be fine though. Hopefully it'll be the bright spot of the week!
We'll update then. Hopefully, all the sickness will go away and we'll have some fun things to blog about instead of all this illness!

6 comments:

Shannon said...

Oh Ang!!!! I am so sorry with everything that you are going through with the kids! I love that it seems you still have your sense of humor through all of it. I will be sending well wishes your way!!!

Randy, Tonya, Jayden, Marisol & Flynn said...

oh honey, I'm sorry you had such a rough night and day. Hope everyone is feeling better tomorrow. Sending big hugs your way and fairy dust so everyone sleeps tonight.

BoufMom9 said...

Poor Ang! I feel so bad for you!Wish i was there to give you a hug...but instead...TAG! Now you have to go to my blog to see what to do. PS Thank JK for this one!

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