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

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Lovely Night In St. John's Pediatric ER

Oh joy of joys. This evening both twins spiked a fever. Alexandria was 102.6 and Isaiah was 103.6. Neither twin's fever was brought down by aTyelenol. Also, Isaiah developed a rash that spread by the minute from the bottom of his stomach all to under his neck, on his face...everywhere....Normally I'd have waited a day or two and seen what happened but since Brice is already at home with staph and cellulitis and because of the rash I decided to take them both into the ER. If the rash was something contagious like God forbid, chicken pox, I need to know so that I can try to do whatever I can to protect Brandon, for whom such a thing could be devestating.
So, off to St. John's Pediatric ER. When we got there, both twins were well over 103. Alexandria's lungs sounded "coarse" so both babies earned an X-ray. We go back to get the X-ray done, and of course I forgot I was pregnant but luckily, Albert remembered. He made a big deal about me standing way behind the lead wall. Then he made another big deal about Alexandria wearing a lead blanket to protect her baby ovaries! He then proceeded to make a third big deal about himself wearing a lead blanket to shield his sperm! The tech explained to him that yes, his sperm would be damaged...but only TODAY'S sperm....the sperm produced tomorrow and from then on out would be fine...anyhow....
Since Alexandria is a girl, she also was the luck recipient of a cath to collect urine. Isaiah got to skip out on this lovely proceedure since it's so rare that boys over 6 months have bladder infections. Albert left the room for the proceedure because he didn't want to see it and didn't want Alexandria to "blame him". I stayed because I didn't want her to feel abandoned. Maybe we're both crazy. Al was hanging right outside the room though becuase when the first attempt failed and the nurse had to leave to go get a bigger cath, Albert almost pounced on her asking if she were done. Sadly, she reported that she was not. After that, Albert went to the waiting room so he didn't have to hear Alex screaming....and screaming she was! When it was over, Albert swooped back into the room and took her out of my arms (like he'd just rescued her) and made a big deal of comforting her and pampering her. Poor Isaiah was traumatized just from watching.
So, as of now, we're still waiting for all the results. Isaiah's fever has come down due to Motrin. Alexandria's is lowered but is still there. Both are trying to settle in to sleep in the baby crib they are sharing. The dr. thinks the rash is either viral or due to some type of contact dermitis but isn't sure. He isn't very concerned though. He doesn't think its staph and says it definately isn't anything like chicken pox or strep rash. So...the waiting continues....


Jenn H said...

Poor babies, especially the catheter part. Hannah had to have one of those just before she turned 3 months when she was hospitalized for RSV, not fun!!

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