We ended up at the emergency room a week after a (neglectful) visit to the (stupid) Doctor that was supposed to take care of my child. Alex had spilled some of her medicine and the (dumb) lady said that she had taken enough. The.bottle.says.take.for.10.days! She made us really upset when she did not take blood or order a new chest x-ray. She just said "I am not the one who diagnosed her with pneumonia" and "I never said she had pneumonia"! UGH! How frustrating! Well, do I need to tell you what our next move was?? We walked! I took all four of my children's care to another Pediatrician (closer to my house)! We loved her right from the start! She ordered a chest x-ray without us having to ask and was very kind and caring....Hello? Isn't that how a Pediatrician should be? Well, Alex ended up getting very sick again and off we went to the new Dr. Khalid! She drew blood and tested for flu and various other things and came up with an elevated White Blood Cell Count, twice the normal number! She sent us to Egleston Children's Healthcare of Atlanta ER. We spent the whole day (7.5 hours to be exact) and ended up with pneumonia...again.
I had Aunt Cindy and Derek with me all day while watching Alex deal with so much to find out what was wrong. She had an IV inserted into her arm which the (very nice) nurses said was going to give her arm a drink. A few minutes later, and after she calmed down from fighting all of us, she said "But my arm wasn't even thirsty!" When they started talking about Surgeons possibly having to visit, I really started to worry! It wasn't until Cindy and I took a walk to the gift shop in the hospital that I realized how much worse it could be. We saw little children with no hair pushing IV poles, one was even getting sick in a trash can! That walk with my precious Aunt Cindy really put things into perspective for us! It was so sad! I am always one to say "It could always be worse", but for some reason and in all of my panic, I forgot my own words!!..until then.
After many hours of waiting, x-rays (which included her first ride in a "rolling chair"), blood tests, breathing treatment, fluids and medicine in her IV, we went HOME, which is something some of those children will never do!
My handsome Husband carried his little angel to the car and off we went. I was so glad to have his and Cindy's support all day. I was truly scared! It is the not knowing that was bothering me! I wanted nothing to be wrong in the first place, but wanted them to find something so they could treat it because I knew something was there!
Through all of this, my Mom has not been mentioned because she was at home watching Avery for us and Anna, Madison and Maybree were with her too! It killed her that she couldn't be there, but sometimes you just go where you are needed. That is what she says. We know we had hers and Anna's prayers, though. That meant so much!
So, to all of you who have prayed for our little Alex over the past two weeks, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts! We truly appreciate it. While you are praying every night, will you please say a special prayer for all of those children who did not get to go home?
Love and good health to all!
Until next time....