Monday, August 18, 2008
A not-so-relaxing weekend
This pic is of my lovely little Baby Bear all ready for bed! She has to sleep upright in her car seat due to her reflux and tracheomalacia.
On Friday, I finally got the referral for Brooklyn to see the pediatric gastroenterologist. The I called the gastroenterology office at Children's Medical Center and was told that Brooklyn could see a nurse practitioner on September 8, a doctor on September 18, or the doctor that her pulmonologist actually wanted her to see in late October.
"But she's supposed to see Dr. R. And she's a baby...and she's not gaining weight. She can't wait 2 months."
"Then you need to get her doctor to call and say that he needs her worked in sooner."
Unfortunately, both Brooklyn's pediatrician and her pulmonologist were on vacation. Lovely. I am so tired of the way all this medical stuff works. I mean...you obviously have openings, you just won't take my word that Brooklyn needs to be seen sooner. Ugh. Frustrating.
Saturday, my mom, Brooklyn, and I were going to go shopping. Tax-free weekend, woohoo! I laid Brooklyn down to change her diaper when we were about to leave. She vomited and ended up aspirating. It went up her nose and she also inhaled some of it. Her breathing turned all rattly and she was making these weird groaning noises. I called a nurse and was told to keep her upright for a couple of hours until she could clear it out. She was fine after less than an hour, but we ended up just staying at home.
Then, about midnight, Brooklyn started screaming and crying inconsolably. I had never heard her screams sound that way...it sounded like she was gargling. She was also coughing a lot. I started panicking and called my hubby. He told me to call our pediatrician's 24-hour nurse line. While I waited for them to call me back, Brooklyn finally calmed down. I laid her across my lap, face down, and rubbed her back in case she needed to spit anything up/out. She kept making this pitiful sad noise. The nurse called me after about 10 minutes. She said that when she heard Brooklyn on my message, she was going to tell me to take her to the emergency room, but since Brooklyn wasn't screaming and making the gargling noise anymore, she told me to stay at home and keep an eye on her.
Brooklyn was making the same groaning noise and coughing last night. She also spit up a lot. So I don't know what's going on. Needless to say, I didn't sleep a whole lot this weekend.
I just got off the phone with Dr. A's nurse and we are taking her to see him at 4:15 today. Hopefully they will be able to tell me what's wrong!