Saturday, January 1, 2011

Our CT Adventure

On Thursday, I fed Kinsley Anne at 2:00am because she woke up to eat. I woke her up again at 4:45am to eat once more before her NPO (nothing by mouth) status set in at 5am. She then slept until 7:45 & when she woke up, I fed her an unflavored Pedialyte bottle. She actually seemed to enjoy it. We packed up & left for the hospital around 8:30am & Kyle's mom joined me on the adventure. We got to the hospital, signed our pre-registered paperwork at the business office, & headed to the radiology waiting room. We sat down & Kinsley Anne eventually drifted off to sleep. After what seemed like forever (and it probably was at least 30-45min), a lady came out & handed me a questionnaire regarding Kinsley's health. She said that she would be back in a few minutes to get it. I filled it out quickly & waited...and waited. After about 30+ minutes, I decided that I had better take it up to the window to make sure that they hadn't forgotten us. The woman said "oh! The radiologist is on the phone with the pulmonologist now." I asked if there was a problem. Evidently, the radiologist didn't want her to have contrast but the pulmonologist wanted contrast. In the end, the pulmonologist won (after all, he is the one that ordered the test & know what she needs!). We got taken back to a recovery room by the pediatric radiology sedation nurse. She asked some questions about Kinsley Anne's history & health concerns. When she heard that she was born at 35weeks, she said that she needed to do some calculating. She came back explaining that according to the hospital policy, we would need to be admitted if Kinsley Anne required sedation. She needed to be >52 weeks post-conception and my sweet girl was only 45. My stomach sunk. I explained that we needed to have this done today (Thursday)...it was December 30th, after all. One of the PICU attendings came by & we talked. He understood the year-end deal & the importance of getting it done. He called the peds floor & luckily there was a bed available if we needed it. He said that we would make a good attempt at no sedation first, however. The nurse then said that we would get an IV started and see if she calmed down or not afterwards. She first tried Kinsley Anne's left arm...and the vein blew. Then came the right arm...same thing. Then another nurse decided to try her foot..and she got it. Thank God. Poor Kinsley Anne screamed & cried the entire time despite our attempts to calm her with her paci & sweet-ease (sugar water). She had exhausted herself entirely. This worked out to our advantage because once the IV was in, I rocked her in the rocking chair & she went out like a light. We took her to the CT scanner & she slept through the entire process. NO SEDATION! Thank you, God! The nurse had said that there was a child with Pertussis on the floor & I really was not excited about the need to admit her.

Now, we wait. Because of the holidays, the pulmonology office was closed Friday. Hopefully, I'll be able to stop over to see him on Monday & get to see the images & discuss them. I will be sure to update on this situation when I know something.

Also, please pray for Kinsley Anne's general health. There are lots of bugs going around and I really want her to stay well. She starts daycare this coming week, too, which of course has me nervous.

Now, for a little new year survey about the happenings of 2010. I borrowed this from Jessica, over at Love from Texas....

1. What did you do in 2010 that you had never done before?
Make bows & survived pregnancy!

2. Did you keep your New Year's Resolutions and will you make more for next year?
One of them was to stop cursing & I made significant progress although recently I've started to backslide. I blame it on exhaustion. My mouth has now been cleansed again though & I will make them disappear this year! Also, I want to continue crafting & gain self confidence this year!!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, there have been lots of new babies this year! Aside from my own that is!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Yes. Nate will always be remembered as an angel on earth & now he is an angel in heaven.

5. What places have you visited?
I went to DE, the lake, the beach, Raleigh, & Charleston this summer

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
I'm not sure I've lacked much of anything! I would LOVE to spend even more time with my family this year!

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched in your memory and why?
October 18th - Kinsley Anne's birth
October 23rd - Kinsley Anne's homecoming

8. What was your biggest achievement this year?
Becoming a mommy

9. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing major. Just the regular sinus infections & viruses.

10. What was the best thing you bought?
Kyle bought me the Nikon D3100 & I LOVE it so far!

11. Where did most of your money go?
Kinsley Anne's "stuff" probably. Also, we bought a new lawn mower & backpack blower that were pricey.

12. What song will always remind you of 2010?
Brad Paisley's "Anything Like Me"
Selah's "I Will Carry You"
Carrie Underwood's "Mama's Song"

13. What do you wish you would have done more of?
Thanked God for my many blessings

14. What do you wish you would have done less of?
Wishing my pregnancy would go faster. I miss parts of it now that it's over!

15. What was your favorite TV program?
The Sing Off
The Bachelorette

16. What was the best book you read this year?
I haven't read many books this year. I liked Crazy Love.

17. What was your favorite film of the year?
Toy Story 3

18. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I turned 25 & we went out to eat (2 nights in a row) & went with family/friends to Frankie's Fun Park to celebrate!

19. What political issue stirred you the most?
Talks of healthcare reform. It needs change but I'm not excited about what Obama's wanting to do.

20. Who was the best new person you met?
KINSLEY ANNE!!!

Happy New Year Everyone! Here's to a very happy & healthy one for all of us!

Until Next Time..
Love, Jen

1 comment:

Megan said...

I absolutely love the name Kinsley Anne! So unique and precious! I'm so glad that she didn't need sedation!! What a blessing!