Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bodily Fluids

This morning the doctors decided to order a sample of Averi's poop to be tested for C. difficile, a bacteria that lives in the intestines and can cause stinky diarrhea.  It is a nasty bug that is highly contagious so until the test results come back Averi has been put on restrictions that she cannot leave the room and everyone who comes in must wear a gown and gloves.

I kindly informed them that since they now wanted her to poop she wasn't going to.  And I was right...for a little while.

Ever since she started throwing up last week we have slowly been increasing Averi's feeds.  She has been tolerating them quite nicely and today was her first time back on full volume feeds.  She did wonderfully all morning.

After putting her down for a nap I went to get lunch and returned to find her sitting up in her bed.  Annoyed that she was awake after such a late night last night, I walked closer to find that she was covered in vomit and diarrhea.  I instantly changed from annoyed to panicked.

The good news is that we were able to get her stool sample.  The bad news is that we have to cut back on her feeds again.

As the day progressed, Averi continued to get more irritable and fussy.  She would be perfectly fine and then start crying out in agony, unable to be consoled.  The doctor came in to look at her and said that irritable bowels can contract at uncoordinated times causing sudden spurts of cramping.  She ordered some IBS medication for Averi and surprisingly some Tylenol.

Then to top it off, right after the doctor left Kaili threw up all over the floor in the bathroom.  Yes, there was germy puke all over my immunodeficient daughter's room with no way to open windows or doors to air it out.  I have literally cleaned up smelly bodily fluids all day long!  (and you guys ask why I don't want to be a nurse when this is all said and done)  Dan wasn't feeling well either so I sent them all home and put Averi to bed as soon as the Tylenol kicked in.

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