1 Week Shy

2 Apr

We nearly made it the entire year without a single hospital admission. Insert fireworks and triumphant music here. There were several close calls but up until last week Ladybugs health had been fairly consistent minus the ear infections.

This past Thursday Ladybug was admitted for an upper respiratory infection and dehydration as she was spitting up feed every time she coughed.

Yesterday things were improving – fever had been gone for a few days, she was tolerating feeds at a very low continuous rate and was beginning to smile again.
This morning she is very lethargic, fever is back and she is vomiting again.

Despite my extreme frustration with the jr. residents inability to listen to what I’m trying to say without being interrupted with a “Ya, ya, ya” (I foresee a lovely little post regarding this in the near future) I’m hopeful it’s just a stomach bug she’s picked up and we’ll be out soon.

All in all things are fairly under control – she’s in isolation so we’re unable to go for walks around the ward. Cabin fever has begun to set in and I’ve organized everything from my purse to her book and toy bag to the diaper and cloth stack at the end of her crib.

Finally broke down and bought a mindless fashion mag. Nothing like reading about the 742 spring must-haves to take my mind off things.

7 Responses to “1 Week Shy”

  1. Julie C. April 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    I hope she feels better soon! You must be so sick of hospitals…..but wow – almost a whole year….amazing!

    • Little Ladybug Hugs April 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

      Thank you Julie. She is slowly on the mend as her smiles are becoming more frequent. And yes I am very sick of hospitals, this past stay was a nightmare so I really hope we don’t have to go back for a very long time.

  2. Baby Aria April 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Aww lady bug you can do this! Stay strong mom you can do this too..I just started reading your blogs less than a week ago. What was funny I looked up your page earlier today to see if anything new was going on..didnt see anything so went to lunch and came back and Voilà! I was notified! 🙂

    My GB – Im a very young Grandma;) truthfully! Well as I was saying she (Baby Aria)was diagnosed with Epilepsy, she’ll be 3 months tomorrow. The last two weeks have been a emotional rollercoaster ride. As I was trying to do some research regarding her illness I came across you page and Melissa you are one amazing person! Im not sure if you realize how much hope you’re spreading! I will keep you in my prayers ❤

    • Little Ladybug Hugs April 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

      Baby Aria’s Grandma,
      Firstly thank you so much for your kind words of inspiration. I have moments where I question continuing this blog and then I receive such heartfelt feedback from people like you. It is so humbling to know that I am making a difference.
      If you have any questions regarding Baby Aria’s epilepsy I will do my best to help. We’ve tried quite a few meds so please don’t hesitate to send me a private message littleladybughugs@gmail.com
      I wish you and your family all the best. I know it’s hard when you receive the initial diagnosis but it does get easier and never stop researching.

  3. Kim April 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Oh Melissa I am sorry your little wee one has been sick! I think that getting to 51 weeks hospital free is quite an acomplishment so you should definately all the fireworks and triumphant music you guys deserve!

    I totally understand your frustration with the residents at Mac. I don’t find the ones at sick kids to be AS bad for whatever reason. I feel your pain! I hate that feeling when someone isn’t listening to me about MY child! If need be, don’t be nice anymore…be bitchy 😀 Feels good AND often gets the point needed to be made across.

    Thinking of you guys!!


    • Little Ladybug Hugs April 9, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

      51 weeks is pretty darn good! I’m confident we will break that record next year. I’ve been going back and forth on writing a post on our most recent hospital experience – I’ve come to the conclusion that if I don’t speak up and write about it then nothing will ever change.

      • Kim April 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

        Hi Melissa!
        I think that you should write something about your hospital stay. Not only that I would find out who the ombudsman of the hospital is and give him/her a copy.
        Not quite the same but Christmas 2010 my grandmother fell and broke her ankle. She was 3 months in hospital. To make a long story short, one of the nurses, while in a rush dropped my grandmother when lifting her (she was not allowed to weighbare for almost 8 weeks). We wrote a letter and she was given a very quick apology and was treated much better after that. Then again during the stay a dr insisted that my grandmother was NOT suffering from a bladder infection…and she was. Another letter was written to let them know. Not sure what happened.

        My long point is, if we had NOT said anything then no one would have been the wiser. Parents know their children best and us parents of these special little miracles know our kids EVEN better, both medically and emotionally. Doctors need to be reminded of that fact…and sometimes the only way to do that is to write those letters and be the squeaky wheel.

        Hope that your little princess is on the mend and feeling back to her old self!

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