Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Davy's first ER visit

We knew sooner or later we'd have an ER visit with Davy, and in true Davy fashion, she made it extra exciting for us. Scott, Ollie, Davy and I were in on an airplane on our way to Seattle to see friends and go to a Yo Gabba live show. About 30 minutes before we land I hear Scott whisper-scream, RUUUUTH! I look over and I see this
This is Davy's Mic-key Button. That little marble looking thing is supposed to be inside her. We have been told that this would happen. So I was kinda expecting it, just not on an airplane. Our lame-O ex GI Doctor was supposed to teach us how to put it back in, but she did not. We made one attempt to put it back in and she started screaming, so we stopped.
So you basically have like a half an hour to put the button back in or it starts to close up. And if it closes up, that means it will be surgically placed in. We still had to land, get our bags and rent a car, then find a hospital. SO we were pretty muched screwed. I cried for like 5 minutes, then I just stopped, laughed and thought....only us. I don't know why we didn't think to ask if there was a Doctor on board, I think we were in shock. I kinda regret that, cuz how cool would that have been to yell, is there a Doctor on board!
We went to a children's hospital and they helped us right away. The started off by putting a really small tube in her to keep it from closing and then kinda stretched it out a bit. 5 hours later and we were done. I was so proud of Ollie for being such a good boy, he didn't complain once. He had all the nurses wrapped around his finger, giving him treats.
We had only one day in Seattle for sight seeing and it was spent in the Hospital...booooriiiing.

17 comments:

Nicole Braden said...

I am so, so glad that everything worked out okay! She is so precious! : )

Duh Despains said...

What a crazy day! I love the look on Scott's face in that last picture - it pretty much explains EVERYTHING! Glad you were able to act quickly and get things fixed.

Georgia said...

Wow....glad it all worked out ok.

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

I just posted about my feeding gift guide on my blog. I'm only telling you this because I wrote a long note to my readers about your feeding challenges with Davy. I have some readers who contact me because their children have cleft pallets or other feeding difficulties. I sure hope they read this post.

You amaze me.

Melany said...

oh my gosh i know it shouldn't be funny, but that look on scott's face is SO FUNNY. that sounds so stresful, i'm so sorry! i'm glad she didn't have to have surgery though, that's a relief. you guys are troopers, that's all i can say.

amber buhrley said...

holy cow! I didnt know it was that intense. I also didnt know that ollie went with you. Thats pretty cool! HE looks so cute in that picture. YOu gotta bring him with you. Eliza will just die. In fact if you decide I may keep it a surprise!

Nan said...

WHAT! Is Ruth coming to visit you?? (Amber) I got jealous just now.
Ruth, that is a cute picture of Ollie. I laughed when I imagined Scott's whisper scream...

Marianne said...

So glad everything worked out for you! Were you at Seattle Children's Hospital? They are a great facility. We lived up there for nine years. It was awfully cold for sight-seeing anyway, huh? So, we live in Utah now and got to see your cute husband on "Good Things Utah" with his Yo Gabba buddies. I sat there thinking, "Hey! I know him...sort of!"

Jay and JoAnn said...

Ruth,
I don't comment very often, but it is so fun to read your blog, your crazy life with 4 kids. Parents these days are MUCH busier (or it seems like) than I was. Yes, I was a soccer mom but I think having two families helped. The Lord knew I needed the space! Quick question: Do you still have a website for scripture totes? If so, could you please email. I need to get one for Christmas for my 23 year old son. He might like some of your styles. My email is joann.garlock@gmail.com. Looking forward to seeing everyone on New Years.

Becki D said...

Oh man. I would have been in freak out city - you're amazing to have been able to make yourself stop and laugh about it!

Soooo glad Davy girl didn't have to have surgery and all is well now!

Gopher Girl said...

Oh man. What day was this? We were in Seattle over the weekend and ended up in the ER at Seattle Children's on Friday with Charlie for a seizure. We love them, though... Charlie has had 2 surgeries there. We may have been there are the same time!

Maureen

PilatesMom said...

I'm so glad it worked out! We lost our first mic-key on I-80 in the middle of Western Nebraska. Even though I knew how to change it I had forgotten to pack sterile lubricant. Nothing like taking your six year old daughter into small town pharmacy and purchasing KY- Jelly. . .explaining it is for her baby brother just isn't going to make it better. : ) This life we lead, it's great comedy if nothing else.

Heather said...

Well, at least it doesn't sound like she had to have surgery, right? Since they were able to put a little one in. I'm glad everything went well for you guys. Sorry it had to happen on a plane. But I bet you now know how to put that little marble thing in, or are going to in the near future, right? Scary crazy things! And Scott's picture at the end... really funny... cause he's usually a really laid-back kinda guy. And I liked Ollie's thumbs up. At least HE was happy! Good job, guys!

Melinda said...

OH man! I live near Seattle and would have loved to see you, even just at the show in a creepy far off way! :) I do have kids so at least I could bring them along for show, but really I'd be there trying to come up with a way to talk to you! hahaha

pn3meow89 said...

What a crazy day! I love the look on Scott's face in that last picture - it pretty much explains EVERYTHING! Glad you were able to act quickly and get things fixed.



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Angie said...

Good grief! You are amazing. What a flipping year you have had. Of course it was on an airplane. I kind of want to send you a present. In fact, if you email me your mailing address I think I will. Seriously.

Nina said...

Just discovered your blog and I love it!

I had this happen way too many times when my daughter had her button (they said it was she was too small to keep it in). She had it for almost 2 years and I have to say that even with all the bigger issues we faced, it sometime seemed to be my toughest battle LOL. Over the years I came up with all sorts of ingenius ways of keeping it in...and from leaking all over the place. The GI and the dr/nurses said I should share them with the other parents...

My daughter surprised us when at birth she was born with VACTERL Association. She spent the first 3 1/2 months in the NICU. She has/had a lot of the same things as your Davy (vsd, pda, CoArch of Aorta,CHD,GERD)...and others (Tracheo Esophageal Fistula, Diaphramatic hernias, Kidney Reflux, tethered spinal cord--and those are just to name a few).

At 8 years old, she has had years of OT/PT, a dozen surgeries, numerous hospitalizations and countless er, dr and routine specialist visits.

I just wanna say I have been there...and although it's been tough, it's so worth it.

I wouldn't trade the journey or my "extra"ordinary child (i prefer that over special needs) for anything in the world!

Thanks for sharing your story. I wish you and your family well...and lots of peace and love on your journey :)