Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Tuesday, May 11, I came home from work to find Miles with a fever. I gave him Tylenol, but his fever would not break. At 6:00 it was 103.8. At 8:30 it was still 103.2. I called the night nurse and she advised that we take him to the ER because the fever was not responding to fever reducer. So, of course, I called my mother. The only thing worse than taking a 1 year old to the ER, is taking Michael to the ER with me. He is worse than any child. He has to push every button, open every drawer, and is extremely impatient. So, Michael stayed home with Matthew and mom went with me to the ER. The doctor was a little puzzled. Miles had no other symptoms, only a fever. She suspected an ear infection, but could not see his ear drum because he had a wax build up. She instructed the nurse to clean his ear out so she could get a better look. The nurse came in with a WATER PIK. You know the thing that you clean your teeth with? Apparently that is what they use. So, the nurse begins to clean his ear. Some wax comes out. They check his ear and say that there is more wax. The nurse starts to clean again. Miles is crying a little, then, all of a sudden he begins to SCREAM and blood start pouring from his ear. The nurse acts like it is no big deal. He turns Miles over and begins to look in his other ear. Meanwhile, the blood is still pouring out. After a few seconds I asked if that was normal. The nurse then says, "Ummm, I think I better get the doctor." I thought I was going to pass out. I literally had to sit with my head between my knees. It was a very strange feeling for me. I do not have a weak stomach, nothing like that ever bothers me. I guess it was blood coming from my baby. The thought still makes me light headed...Ughhh. Anyway, the doctor came in and said that Miles' ear drum had ruptured.
Well, because there was so much blood pouring out of his ear, the doctor STILL could not see his ear drum. Therefore she wanted to rule out every other infection to make sure his fever was because of an ear infection. In order to rule out every other infection they had to…well…TORTURE my baby. First they had to catheterize him. Yeah, that was fun. Then they had to draw blood, so they started an IV so they could also give him some antibiotics. By the time the night was over he screamed every time the doctor or a nurse opened the door. We had to stay at the ER until the bleeding slowed and his bag of antibiotics was empty. They gave us some antibiotic ear drops and then sent us home with instructions to see the pediatrician on Thursday morning and an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor on Friday. We got home from the ER at 6:00 a.m. I took a shower and went to work. Yeah...you read that right, I went to work. Michael had already taken off and I had two IEP meetings that day...so he stayed home and I went to work. Besides I would be taking Thursday and Friday off for doctors appointments. (Side Note: Michael and I were suppose to go to Dollywood on Friday. Due to our sudden change of plans, Michael took Kyle instead!) I was a wreck all day. Every time I talked about the experience I cried. I could not wait to get home and hold my baby. 

This is the picture Michael sent me at school to let me know that Miles was feeling better.  I have never been so happy to see him smile.
Miles' ear began to drain bad, so he got another antibiotic shot at the pediatrician. The ENT could not see the ear drum for the drainage. The ENT did say that most likely Miles had a really bad ear infection and the wax was keeping his ear drum from bursting on its own, so when they cleaned the wax away...it ruptured. That fact does not make the experience any less horrible, but anyway.

This is a picture of Miles' ear draining...Kinda gross.


The ENT said that 95% of the time ruptured ear drums heal on their own. So, we have to go back on the 7th to check how it is healing. He also said that Miles may need tubes so this does not happen again. (I would do anything for THAT to NEVER happen again!)
Please pray for good news on the 7th, because I want to keep my my baby smiling like this...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Brain Dead...

I know it has been a while since I posted last. I am totally brain dead right now. Between writing papers and writing IEP's, I have no brain cells left for writing blogs. Sorry. I promise to get back on the band wagon soon!