Wednesday, February 13, 2013

More Testing

I have been dairy free for 3 weeks now and Collins pediatrician said if we weren't noticing any changes in 2-3 weeks, we needed to bring her back in. Well she was fussy over the weekend and then had more blood in her diaper on Sunday then we have ever seen before, so Monday morning I called and got us an appointment. Before we left for our appointment yesterday, she had blood in her diaper again. Usually it's only 1-2 a week but this was the 3rd time since Thursday.

After going over how shes been with the ped, she decided that she doesn't think it's a dairy allergy. She thinks her congestion she has had for 2 months is from reflux. They didn't refill our prescription before we left town Friday so we went without and she was a sleepless, fussy mess over the weekend. Our ped switched her reflux medicine and we will start that today and see if that helps the spitting up and congestion.

This is where it gets a little TMI... she looked at her bottom the last time we were there to see if there was a tear causing the blood but didn't see anything. Yesterday she decided to do an internal anal exam to make sure she didn't have a cyst or anything. Come to find out, Collins bottom is pretty tight so she thinks she is straining to poop causing the bleeding. Tight bottom+anal exam=Collins freaking out. Poor baby was not a fan of that exam. Who would be though?! Anyways, she sent us back to Children's Mercy for another blood test to rule out the dairy allergy and test her hemoglobin levels. If the test comes back that she doesn't have the dairy allergy, we will see a GI specialist in 2 months. Yes, it takes that long to get a GI appointment I guess. She said it could also be an inner hemorrhoid that babies get that are painless and that they outgrow.

So back to Children's we went after our appointment. As soon as we walk into the hospital there was a 1 year old riding in a wagon who had cancer. I almost lost it right there. I dreaded having Collins do blood work again but I kept saying how thankful we were that we were only there for blood work and not anything else. I can't even imagine how that tiny girl felt and how much she had been through.

I warned the guy before he started that she has tiny veins and it took them 3 tries, a heat pad and a vein light to find one the last time. Did he listen? Nope! Tried a vein in her arm and couldn't get blood from it. Surprisingly, she hardly cried. She was digging the sugar water we were giving her on her binky. So he calls in another nurse who searches for veins and can't find anything so she calls in another nurse to help her. After LOTS of screaming from Collins and them putting a heating pad on her arm, they finally got blood out of her hand. Collins was screaming before they did the draw because she was tired, hungry and they were not being very gentle looking for veins around her body. Once they put the needle in and were doing all sorts of things to get all the blood they needed, shit hit the fan. I have never heard or seen Collins cry the way she did. I was above her head and she kept looking up at my like wwwwhhhyyy?!? It was heart breaking. She turned bright red and her cry became silent she was crying so hard. I was sure she was going to pass out. Momma bear almost pushed the nurses away and picked up her baby but I didn't want them to have to redo it all so I just got down in her ear and told her I was sorry and it was almost over. Pretty sure my daughter hated me yesterday.

We should know the results within 48 hours so I am just waiting a call from the pediatrician. I'm anxious for the results and hopeful I might get to eat cheese soon :) I'll keep you all informed!

This was before the pediatrician violated her

1 comment:

  1. Oh lordy this made me cry poor baby! That's a rough day and you have a lot of strength because if I were in your shoes the nurse would of been knocked out! Keeping you and Collins in my prayers hun.