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post #81 of 93
Also wondering how you both are.
post #82 of 93
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Thanks for checking on us! Sorry I haven't updated. I've been up to my eyeballs in, um, POOOOOOOP.

The fever gave way to the most intense diarrhea I've ever seen. In the last 36 hours or so, we've gone through 48 diapers and almost as many sheet changes. I'm pretty sure that it's the abx, but they sent it out for culturing to rule out anything else. Swine flu, perhaps (j/k).

She continued to sleep pretty much non-stop until this morning around 9, at which point she woke up and starting laughing and telling her version of jokes. It's so wonderful to have her back!!!! I've been "introducing" her to the nurses, who haven't seen this VeeGee in a looooong time (like, a year!). It's pretty much like the scenario you mentioned 2boyzmama, in that she's back to herself pretty suddenly.

One of her doctors came in around six this morning and told us that we were going to get to go home today. I was beyond thrilled, of course, and called dh to get packed up to come get us.

And then . . . . Dr. Kelly came in and expressed concern about the diarrhea and decided to keep us one more night. Ugh : But, at least I won't, hopefully, be having to change her every ten minutes on the side of the road for the 200+ miles between here and home. Why not make it an even ten days in the hospital - my mommy capital increases when I get to double digits, right?

I'm pretty slap-happy (can you tell). But VeeGee seems to be really feeling well. I'm SO SO SO happy. She's also starting to get a hang of drinking water without having it squirt out her nose. All in all, I'm pretty grateful and satisfied with all of this. Sure, we've been here a full three days past the "worst case" scenario, but I really respect and appreciate the doctor's carefulness, particularly since "running back" to the hospital would take three hours unless we went to the local hospital and take the docs through the learning curve. I know she's going to do even better recovering at home, but I'm trying to have the glass half full perspective.

She doesn't seem to be in any pain at all. Her last pain med was at 4am (it's almost noon now) and she doesn't seem to be in any discomfort whatsoever. I may ask for a dose in about an hour, just to assist her in sleeping without pain, but I'm not sure if I'm going to yet. Any thoughts on that?

Janice, how long was Megan on meds?
post #83 of 93
Was wondering how things were going, glad to see your sense of humor is still intact Can VeeGee have acidopholus or yogurt supplements to help get her back in balance? I will spare you the details of what happened when I had a week of IV Levaquin but it helped a lot.

She really sounds like she is making great progress despite being sick. How are you holding up, Mama? You have to be just exhausted by now.
post #84 of 93
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Was wondering how things were going, glad to see your sense of humor is still intact Can VeeGee have acidopholus or yogurt supplements to help get her back in balance? I will spare you the details of what happened when I had a week of IV Levaquin but it helped a lot.

She really sounds like she is making great progress despite being sick. How are you holding up, Mama? You have to be just exhausted by now.
Another reason to look forward to being home: probiotics. Yeah, we're planning on pumping her full as soon as we get home. It's something we do regularly, they just don't in hospital, for some reason.

She really is. I'm proud of her.

I'm tired, mostly tired of being here more than physically. Even though the night was poop-filled it was better (as was the previous one) because the monitors were off. It's much easier to sleep when you're not being beeped at every time she coughs.
post #85 of 93
Hang in there...just one more night! Have the poop tests come back yet? I know some are quick (Connor's rota virus test was only a few hours).

Yeah, your hubby owes you BIG time for this Not only does he get all the diaper duty, but you are now entitled to several naps, some good take out, and a nice massage or two
post #86 of 93
I would wait for the culture test but to be honest the fever followed by the pooping sounds like when Megan ended up with C-diff at the end of her recovery. Right down to the normal behaivior. If it comes back positive I would ask for Oral Vancomycin (it is more effective then Flagly to treat C-diff) and get her on Florastore and Culturell right away. After we started the Oral vanco and the probiotics with Megan the pooping had cleared up in about 4 days(much less after 2 days) and she had a clear culture 4 weeks later. Continue with the probiotics for at least a month after - and we give them to her any time her system is stressed or she gets a virus so we don't get a re-occurance.

As far as pain Meds - Megan was on round the clock tylonal/motrin for 10 days and then at night for another week or so. Durring the day she wasn't too bad - she would let me know if it hurt. It may hurt for some time after if she picks up a cold or throut virus as that area will still be very tender. Megan still needs some pain meds for a minor cold as she says her mouth hurts. As much as a hate meds, I redaly give them to her if she is in pain because pain equals reluctance to eat or drink or do anything oral.

Best of luck, this sucks but in the end it will be better. Thankfully she is still young and hopefully wont remeber to much of it
post #87 of 93
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Ah crap . . . I had a really fun post all typed up and then it went away.










Cultures came back . . . . :



NO C-DIFF!!!!!!!!!


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DH is on his way to get us!
post #88 of 93
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Super news!!!!
post #89 of 93
Thats fantastic news!!! Best of luck when you get home, pump her full of probiotics and hopefully the poopies will go away!
post #90 of 93
Yay! I'm glad you guys are going home!
post #91 of 93
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We're hooooommmmmme!!!!! I just couldn't be happier! We both got to sleep in our own beds and are just so glad to be with Daddy/DH and our dogs Sadie and Sula.

On the way home, VeeGee woke up from a deeeeep nap (btw, the snore is totally not as bad as I thought it would be, as I was prepared for) and just bawled and bawled because we hadn't brought "her" tool set from the hospital. She had gone down to Child Life Playroom and they allow the kiddos to bring any toy they want to their rooms - VeeGee picked a tool set (you go GIRL!!!!!!! - I was rather proud!). Anyhow, she was so inconsolable that we considered stopping at the next town's Wal-Mart to see if they had tool sets, but I decided to wait til we got back in Memphis to go to our locally owned (very cool) toy store. They had one left and I asked them to hold it for us. She's in the den "fixing" things right now. Cute!

Now our challenge is to help her remember that she's back in panties!

Thanks everybody for following this thread and for your encouragement. I'll update elsewhere along the way with her progress relative to the surgery. I'd love to hear about Megan's progress too!!!

To other Vandy mama's, we'll be back in town in the next couple of weeks (can't remember the date) - if anyone wants to meet up for a picnic or something, that would be fun!
post #92 of 93
Good news!
post #93 of 93
I'm so glad you're home and things are going well.
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