Thursday, April 2, 2009

Where have I been???

In the hospital, thats where. Here's the story.
Saturday morning, I noticed Cadens middle finger was super swollen and had tons of little blisters on it. Looked like a giant cold sore. So, I phone health links, and they suggest I take him in. Off to the ER we go. Doctor says its a skin infection, probably caused by a tiny cut on his finger getting infected. He prescribes ammoxicilan. Home we go.
Well, Monday morning, this little finger was so gross, and his hand was so swollen and red. Off to urgent care. Doctor takes a look, asks me what kinda meds he's. He then told me they were the wrong ones. They never would have helped, cause ammoxicilan isn't meant for skin infections. Thanks alot Dr. Jackson. Dr. Van Niekerk prescribes Cloxicilan. And drew a black line around the red on Cadens hand. Told me if it spread at all, to come right back in.
Tuesday morning, redness has spread. Back to urgent care where Dr. Basson sends us right to the ER for intravenous antibiotics. After waiting for an hour, they took Caden in (with me waiting in the waiting room) to put in his needle/iv. Then they called me back in to sit with him while he was hooked up to the drugs. Took about a half hour. They tell me I need to come back every 8 hours.
So, back at 6:30pm and again at 2:30am. The night nurse tells me I'm ridiculous for agreeing to bring my 2 year old in to the hospital in the middle of the night. That she has a 2 year old and there is no way she'd come in the middle of the night. She changes the schedule. Oh and I should mention that even though Caden was up for 2 hours in the middle of the night, he was still up at 6:50 in the morning ready for the day. Ahhhhh, I was so exhausted.
Wednesday in at 9:00am, 3:00pm and 11:00pm. Spent an hour waiting at the 3:00 one. Can't you have it ready for us??? You know we're coming. Then the treatment took an hour also. All with a tired, hungry, bored 2 year old.
Had a great nurse at 11. Sped things up. We were in and out in 45 minutes. The finger is getting better, although the growth is still pretty huge. I asked to see a doctor. Not once, until the 6th treatment had a nurse or doctor so much as looked at his finger to see the progress. Dr. Persson comes in. Suggests that we come at 8:00am and 3:00pm the next day and then have a doctor look at it again.
Oh and did I mention that on average, we are at the hospital for at least 1 1/2 hours. The treatment takes anywhere from 25minutes to 45 minutes, depending on how the nurse sets it.
This morning, in for treatment #7. Great nurse. Set it pretty quick again. In and out in an hour. Dropped Caden off at the sitters. I'm at work till 3:00 when I pick him up for what will hopefully be the last one. WOW AM I TIRED!!!! I've met almost all the nurses the ER can possibly have I think. After 7 treatments, not once have I had the same nurse, and sometimes 2 in one sitting. Crazy.
I'll post a pick of his hand soon.
Poor guy has the needle in his left hand, wrapped up in a splint. But wow has he been amazing. Plays, sleeps, eats all like normal. Anyway, any prayers for this little guy would be greatly appreciated. We're in the home stretch now (I hope).


~~Mel~~ said...

Oh wow what a week you've had! I am definitely saying some prayers for Caden.

Colleen said...

What a week for mom and Caden, hope he's getting better. Prayers!!

Jen said...

Caden is a trooper that's for sure! You too Jamy.
No wonder you never called, I hope he gets better. About the hospital my word isn't that crazy how they usually give the wrong med's the first time! grrr! Give Caden an extra cuddle for me! Brave little guy! Hope to see you two soon.

Andrea said...

Yikes! Poor 'lil guy, and poor you too! I hope all just continues to get better!!

Anonymous said...

That's quite an ordeal! Glad Caden's hand is getting better. Little ones are so resilient.
Congratulations, by the way!!