Friday, November 10, 2006

Just for fun!

Helayna decided to spend her 2 week birthday in the new Alberta Children's Hospital! What fun for Mommy and Daddy! ;)
Sigh, it has been a long week! Last Sunday evening Helayna just wasn't feeling her usual self and continued to get worse on Monday and Tuesday - not feeding well, really fussy, throwing up, and then she had this very hard distended belly. So I called the Early Start line (a hotline for parents with newborns) and they sent me to my family doctor who immediately sent us to the hospital. We spent Tuesday evening in the emergency department where Helayna was thoroughly poked and prodded and very unhappy. She had all sorts of tests done, blood drawn, x-rays taken, and they even attempted a lumbar puncture (a spinal tap to rule out meningitis) which was unsuccessful that night. Because some of the results were coming back a bit worrisome, she was admitted that night and we spent the next 3 days in the hospital waiting for test results. She was put on anti-biotics on Tuesday night via IV and then had even more tests done the next day. They also managed to do a successful lumbar puncture. It was SO hard to watch her go through everything. I had to leave the room every time they did something to her, I just couldn't watch.
The final test results came back last night after midnight and everything was negative so it looks like she had a virus and that is what caused the fever, vomiting and general discomfort. I'm so glad it wasn't anything more serious. I'm also very thankful that we had such amazing care. The hospital has only been open for 6 weeks and it is AMAZING! The staff was really good and even though there was a lot of waiting, we felt very confident in the care she received.

So thank you for your prayers and support. She is doing so much better and is back to her old self. We've learnt a lot about each other in the past few days and are continuing to grow together. I just hope we have a restful weekend - I thought I was tired before we went to the hospital! ;)

17 Comments:

Blogger patti said...

aw heather, I have tears in my eyes!! I can't imagine seeing your brand new baby there going through all those tests!! Answer to prayer that it was only a virus!! poor little baby!! and you two too!!!

6:41 PM  
Blogger Elaine said...

Glad to hear that everything is ok Heather. You both look great in that pic. I hope all stays well with you and the baby. Take care!

7:17 PM  
Blogger SmileyCarrie said...

Awww... I'm so glad to hear that she is doing well and that it was nothing serious. How scary for all of you. Thinking of you guys.. hope you get some well-needed (and deserved) rest this weekend!

7:19 PM  
Blogger Peama said...

Heather,
So glad to see you are back home and everything is well! Very good to hear Helayna is back to her OLD SELF......that is so cute!!!!

Even when you know they are going to be okay, it's SO HARD to see little ones sick/having tests done........you have already experienced some tough MOM stuff......hang in there!!!!

I am way behind here, and still need to pass on my CONGRATULATIONS on her arrival...........love all your photos and updates!

Take care........hopefully you can get some rest this weekend!

7:22 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

So happy to hear that it was nothing serious! Big hugs to you and Jonathan too, for having to witness her pain.
And big hugs to your mom, too...My mom always used to say that you ache twice as much when your grandbabies are hurt, because you have to see your grandbaby AND your child suffer.
Hugs all around!
Now it's time to relax and enjoy the very fast process of her growing up!

8:51 PM  
Anonymous elia said...

So happy and relieved to hear that Helayna is fine. I cannot even imagine how difficult it must have been for you and Jonathon to watch your little girl go through so much and not be able to do more for her. Hope you all get plenty of rest. Take care of each other.

10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad everything is ok - was so worried. **hugs**

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awwwe!

I'm so glad all is ok. (((Hugs)))
Thinking of everyone!!

11:04 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

Ah - it looks even more serious to see her with all that medical stuff! I'm glad she's okay - there were so many people praying for you. Have a quiet weekend! Love you all!

11:14 AM  
Blogger Tyler and Melinda said...

Yah, we're so glad you are home, and everyone's okay. We will continue to pray for your family. We miss you. See you in 32 days. Hugs.

3:18 PM  
Blogger Just Rhonda said...

Oh i have been there and it is so hard!!! I didn't know this had happend! How stressful and so emotional. If you need anything please please call me and I could come and help.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Carmen said...

Sooo good to hear that everything is fine!! Poor little peanut... HUGS to everyone!!

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad to hear that you are all back home and healthy again. I hope you can all catch up on your sleep now, although you look great in that picture!

6:00 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

to you. Not fun to go through when they are so little. I couldn't watch either. Glad everything turned out alright.

8:23 PM  
Anonymous melissa diekema said...

I am so glad that she is okay... and so sorry that you all had to go through all of that!!!

9:03 PM  
Blogger Cate said...

I'm glad all was good. I remember going through stuff with Colin as a newborn. He spent about the same amount of time his first four weeks of life in the hospital as at home.

3:12 PM  
Blogger JennD said...

I'm glad to hear she's doing well again. What a scary 3 days that must have been for you. Hugs!!!

11:03 AM  

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