Monday, November 8, 2010

One more TINY excuse

Life is never dull around here, I'll tell you that much.

I returned home from market last monday. On Wednesday morning I took my sweet little girl in for a tonsilectomy. She was home recovering just fine until Friday evening when she showed me some tiny red dots on her feet. A couple calls to the surgeon and we assumed it was an allergic reaction. (I wasn't completely sold on this idea because with massive tonsils she'd been on antibiotics several times before and never had a problem.)
Saturday morning we wake to a very sad little girl. Her feet were worse and bruised- she could hardly walk. Also, her tummy was hurting her really bad (I assumed she was a bit constipated from not eating and drinking a ton since her surgery.) The surgeon told us that if anything got worse to take her to the ER where they would give her IV steroids for the allergic reaction. SO we hopped in the car and drove to the ER.

First thing the Dr. told us- NOT an allergic reaction. He could tell us several things it WASN'T but didn't quite know what it was. We waited for a while until the Pediatric Hospitalist came to see her. He walked into the room, took one look at her feet and said "She has HSP"

Um...What!? Never even heard of it. Apparently it's not extremely rare- but uncommon enough that we had all kinds of Dr's, Nurses, and students coming into the room to see.

Then the bad news- the pain is so intense that we often have to give morphine. HUH!? To my little 5 year old? So she was admitted and given morphine and tylenol for pain. It's too long to explain what HSP is- but it's not fun. There is no cure- they can only treat symptoms. If you search the web and read about it there is one thing you should know: although it can be quite serious, my daughter has a mild case of it. She was released from the hospital last night when they decided that she no longer needed morphine for the pain and would do ok at home with other pain meds.

We're home now- but she's not better. It could be a week or so before the pain is gone completely.

I'm delaying my week long party of new patterns and goodies until next week. I hope you'll understand.

26 comments:

Shannon said...

I feel sad right now. Is there anything I can do. Wow, what a pain for Paris and yourself. I'll talk to you soon.

Ruthie said...

I'm sorry she has to go through this. I have to tell you a story though....when I was 17 (in 1971), I had pink eye and was given penicillin. I developed a rash on my feet and sore ankles. I don't know if I had stomach pain or not. The doctor said it was an allergic reaction and to this day, I tell a new physician that I'm allergic to penicillin. Your blog post now has me wondering.

Michele said...

Sending some quick healing vibes your way.

Laurie said...

Oh dear! I'm so sorry about your baby - it must have been pretty scary :( Sending a big cyber hug for ((((((((both of you))))))))

Linda said...

That's not an excuse, it's a darn good REASON! Poor baby. And it sounds like she's being brave, too. I'm waving my magic wand like crazy to make it feel better---it used to work when my kids were little. It must be awful for you, too, knowing that there's not too much more you can do. Thank God it's a mild case! xoxo Linda

luv2quilt2 said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dughter's problem. Saying a little prayer for her.

Rapier Family said...

Emily- i'm so sorry, if there is anything you guys need please call. Poor thing. I hope the pain ends quick for her.

ZanBryDesigns said...

Oh I hope that she feels better soon. That also scares me because my 5 year old little boy is going in for a t&a next week.

jlk said...

Oh no! I hope she has a speedy recovery.

Karen said...

So sorry to hear that your little girl has been ill following her T&A. Hope she has quick recovery and that this never happens again!

Blessings to you and your family!

Karen

Manda said...

I hope she is feeling better soon.

Barb said...

My thoughts and prayers are going your way. I'm so sorry to hear she has had such severe pain. I hope her recovery is quick and that there are no recurrences.

Lee Ann said...

What an awful thing for a 5 year old to go through. And, you too! To me, this isn't tiny, it's a major valid excuse. Here's to hoping it disappears quickly and never reappears!

Christine M. said...

I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. My son was also diagnosed with HSP in February, 2009. Initially it was thought he had leukemia, but thank goodness it was HSP. I also had never heard of the disease. He had a rash on his legs, his joints were swollen and he was very tired. He was given a short course of steriods to help with the abdominal pain and joint swelling. The rash disappeared within a couple of weeks and he has been fine ever since. I was told it was caused by a virus and there is no cure, they just treat the symptons. I hope all is well with your daughter and wish her a full and speedy recovery. Warm wishes for the upcoming holiday season.

Beth said...

Oh no! I hope you are both better really soon. Big hug toyou. Tiny hug that will not hurt to the poor little one.

Amy said...

How awful! Sending many prayers your way for healing.

Loraine said...

How scary! So sorry for you, and your poor sweet daughter. I really hope she gets better soon. What a stressful time for you too! Love your new patterns. Just darling.

Joan and Kevin said...

I hope your little girl gets better really quick.

Yvonne said...

That must have been very scary for you and for your family, not to speak for the little girl herself!
Hope she will be getting well soon!

52knit4 said...

Remember to take care of yourself while caring for your daughter........I hope she feels better soon

Deb C. said...

Oh, I truly can feel for you and what you're going through. My daughter had pneumonia when she was 5 and we had to take her to the hospital every day for a week so she could receive medicine through a port they inserted into her arm. I'm glad you didn't ignore the symptoms and she is on her way to recovery sooner than without your quick actions. Hopefully she can enjoy her mommy time and remember how well you took care of her when she gets older.

Esther said...

Sorry to hear you are going thru this. Sending her a quick recovery vibes.

Pokey said...

So sorry! I hope the pain is gone soon, we hate to see our loved ones suffering!

eamylove said...

How scary for all of you - wishing her well again, and very soon! Too bad you had so much explaining to do about the patterns. Life happens, so we can all understand perfectly!

SilkLover said...

Oh my! I do hope she feels better soon. So sorry she has to go through this.

ytsmom said...

Poor baby! Glad to hear she has perked up.