Thursday, July 8, 2010

All Too Familiar

On July 7th Owen was re-admitted into Oakland Children's Hospital at 2am. He has has a bad cough for about two weeks. I had taken him to the pediatrician three times in the last two weeks and the ER in Sonora twice. He began to have fevers, diarrhea, and vomiting. He couldn't handle his formula so we put him on pedialite. He was on pedialite for 3 days and lost 1lb. So, our pediatrician called the GI doctors and they said that he needed to come to Oakland to be checked on.
Since in Oakland: They have checked to see if he has some sort of bacterial infection in his stomach. So far there are no signs in the tests that indicate he does have a bacterial infection. They believe he just has a virus that he has to fight off himself. So, as for the cough, there isn't much they can do. The goal for now is to get him back on his normal feeding rate. When he can tolerate his normal feeding rate while maintaining his weight, we can go home. They think it will take at least a week, maybe two.
It is definitely difficult to be here again, especially since we are not in the same area of the hospital as before. However, we did get a visit from his night primary nurse last night. It was so great to see her. She was so happy to see him (not in the hospital of course). Today we are expecting another one of his primary nurses to come and visit him. I have missed them all so much. I only wish they could follow him while we are here.

a picture of Owen sleeping in his crib in the hospital. That big thing on his arm is a diaper wrapped around his IV. He kept trying to hit it against things so they had to wrap it all up. We call it his boxing glove. When they first put it on he was so confused. Now he tries to eat it all the time :)

1 comment:

  1. KATHLEEN!!! Wow, I just finished reading all your posts. Thanks so much for sharing all that's been happening. You are an awesome blogger! I cannot believe all that you, Heath, and Owen have been through! What a miracle baby! I am so happy that things have come out well through all the storms & trials. I LOVED all the pics! You guys really are a beautiful family. That little Owen is one heck of a fighter! I've gotta see how far Sonora is from San Diego. I want to come visit you guys! I miss my Kathleen-smothering-hugs :) I know you have so much love to give and I am thankful that God has given you a beautiful family to share that love with. Oh my goodness... and your sis- also preggars! Is she back in the area too? I will be taking my oldest, Thomas, to OC in less than a month (can't believe it)so that will be my next big trip but I really do want to see you & the gang. Hang in there Mamas, sounds like you are doing great! Love you bunches, Laketa