Yesterday Olivia got into deadly nightshade, a poisonous berry that is obviously growing near our home, though I hadn't noticed it before. My 1:30 pm she was vomitting every 20 minutes. She couldn't keep anything, literally anything down. I even tried just 1/2 teaspoon of pedialite and she vomitted that up. Even when there was nothing in her tummy her stomach was just convulsing and she was heaving. It was so horrible! We took her to the ER and they said that there was nothing they could do because it had been to long since she'd ingested them (her symptoms didn't start until later) so they just sent us home (I hate that specific hospital by the way). By 7 pm she still had not peed or been able to keep any fluid down and she was completely lethargic. She was just laying there, she couldn't even more. We went to the ER at the other hospital close to us and she was admitted for dehydration. She was put on IV (which took them awhile, it was so horrible) and they did bloodwork. She was just so still. She didn't talk at all for 6 hours. The first thing she said was I like the water (when I finally gave her a sip that she kept down). They let us go home at 11 pm but she still has the shunts in her hand and foot (if she keeps stuff down today they can come out tonight. She slept with me (we don't normally co-sleep) and threw up a few times. We gave her a gravol suppository and she slept from 4:30 am-9:15 am. She is still really sick. She has only thrown up once today which is great but she is still really sleepy and looks drugged. She keeps laying in the middle of the living room floor (hard wood, guess she likes the cold). She has been napping now since 12:40 pm. Hopefully she takes a long nap. I can't believe how sick she was/is. I feel so guilty for not noticing she was eating the berries. My husband went out today and cut down all the bushes. She is such a little trooper. When she started feeling better we lay on the stretcher together and looked through a parenting magazine. She is so funny, every time she saw a formula ad she said yucky!
The nurses were so stupid about breastfeeding. They kept telling me I shouldn't let her nurse because its milk. I told them it is considered a clear fluid and she was even puking up water so what difference did it make. They told me I shouldn't nurse her for a few days. They said it would be hard on me to give it up but she wouldn't even notice. How stupid can you be??? Of course I nursed her anyways. Anyways I am glad she is feeling better. It was a horrible day!
Shawna, married to Michael, mommy to Elijah 1/18/01, Olivia 11/9/02, and Eliana 1/22/06