Friday, February 17, 2012

It happened so fast

I just sat here for 20 minutes trying to come up with a title for this post. I'm not even sure what to say in the body of this post. I guess I'll start at the beginning. That's a good place.

February 13
I spent the day preparing for Valentine's Day. Jordan had a preschool party this day and I had the crazy dumb idea of making all of his Valentines for his class. It took me all day and I had to stop at Walmart before preschool to buy some ribbon to tie on the little bags of gummy bears that went with his Valentines (because I'm crazy). Hannah was a little fussy, but I thought she was maybe picking up on my crazy stress I was forcing upon myself. It wasn't anything out of the ordinary though.

I even took these pictures of her during the day, she smiled and cooed at me while I took them. This first pictures is one of my favorites I've taken of her...that look on her face is great.

She ate dinner at about 10:00 while I watched TV and then I put her down for the night. At about 11:00 when I was on my way to bed Hannah started crying, I thought she just wanted a little more to eat, so I picked her up. That is when she vomited about 6 times all over me and the floor. I took her temperature, which was at about 100, and then gave her Tylenol and put her back to bed.
 I just assumed she had a stomach bug.

February 14
Hannah slept through the night and didn't want to eat in the morning. I just thought her tummy hurt and didn't think too much of it. At about 10:00 in the morning I started feeling a little worried and called her pediatrician to see if he had an opening for me to bring her in. They didn't have any openings that day, but told me she was probably just fine, but to call back if she didn't eat in a few hours.

Meanwhile, I was having fun celebrating Valentine's day with Jordan and Sam. We started out the morning with red waffles and heart shaped fruit for breakfast.

Oh yeah, and strawberry milk!

 The boys helped me make some delicious (and beautiful (and easy)) Valentine's treats. Can you add parenthesis within parenthesis? I sure did.

For lunch we made heart shaped peanut butter and jelly, heart shaped cheese, and red fruit.


The boys made Valentine crowns and then I turned on a movie because I needed them to be quiet since Hannah wasn't feeling well.

So, back to Hannah. She ate at about noon, so I decided not to call her pediatrician back, but then started to worry a little after I took this picture of her.
The picture made me gasp when I first saw it. She looks awful.

 Fast forward a little bit to 3:00 in the afternoon. I was about to take some treats to our neighbors and was expecting Benji home from work within the hour. I went to check on Hannah and my heart skipped a beat, she was breathing a little funny. It was short, shallow breaths and she was grunting as she exhaled. I thought she was breathing like that because her tummy hurt, but I knew it wasn't right. I immediately put her in her car seat, gathered up the boys and put them in the truck. I called my neighbor on my way to her house, dropped the boys off and started driving to her pediatrician. I called on the way and told them I was coming. They checked her out and didn't like where her heart rate was or how she was breathing, but didn't know what was wrong, so they sent me to the emergency room. 
I started freaking out at this point because I thought she had the stomach flu. So now I'm thinking it's something worse like RSV.
I get to the ER and they start running tests for RSV. They immediately ruled that out and then started trying to give her an IV because she was dehydrated and her blood pressure was really really low. I'm not exactly sure what happened after that because I had to wander the halls to keep myself from losing it. Lets be honest, I was already losing it, but I needed to do something else. So when I got back to her room and they mention something about a helicopter ride to Primary Children's hospital I almost fainted. Seriously, how did we go from stomach bug to helicopter!!?

Benji and I immediately got in our car and started driving to Salt Lake City so we could get there to be with our baby. We were expecting them to beat us by almost an hour, but we beat the helicopter. Apparently, the crew didn't want to take off with her until they got an IV put in her. They were having a very difficult time finding a vein because she was so dehydrated. They eventually got an IV in her head and started giving her fluids. As soon as they made it to the emergency room they put her on oxygen, gave her a spinal tap to test her spinal fluid, and took blood and urine for testing as well.

(I will add more to this story's late and I'm tired. check back.)