Monday, July 13, 2009

ER visit

Saturday we decided to take the girls to the Science Center. Eh...I'll post that another day (it wasn't as good as I thought it would be). We had been giving Hailey Tylenol/Motrin for what seems like forever now because she's had this fever that just won't give up. Yeah I know...we're horrible parents for bringing her out. Take it to the press cuz right about now I don't give a shit what people say anymore. My kids = my ways. When we got home from the Science Center she had a fever of 102.2 so we gave her some Tylenol. Yet her fever continued to climb. This was new...usually Tylenol takes it right down and she's back to normal. It didn't take Pete and I long to decide that she should just go to the ER to make sure she doesn't have an ear infection or something else going on. I'd have brought her to the doctor but it was late Saturday afternoon and they were closed. So off we go (with Lucy, Alex and Brianna in tow!).

We arrive at the ER and they get us right in. Didn't even sit down. The nurse weighs Hailey, takes her temp (at this point it's 101.5) and says 'Is she up to date on all her vaccines?' Huh? Wasn't prepared for that one but I answer 'No. She hasn't had her MMR.' The nurse says 'why?' to which I reply 'we've decided to postpone.' Luckily that was it...I didn't have it in me to carry on a whole conversation about it. Hailey is screaming - I mean really screaming to the point that 2 nurses and 1 doctor came around to see what all the noise was about. I give the kid credit...this is one quality I'll admire in her one days that's for sure. They take her vitals and get us down to a room. A nurse comes in and gets a brief history...then the doctor comes in a few minutes later. Yup...I love that about this hospital - they don't even ask for insurance information until AFTER you've seen the doctor 1st.

The doctor says she thinks it's just a virus but she'll check with the attending and we should be on our way. It hasn't even been an hour yet...this is great! They come to check Hailey's vital signs again. Her temp is now up to 103.5. The attending comes in and says he wants a chest xray and then a urine test. I know that a urine test is simple for those that can pee in a cup...but they'll have to stick a cath in her and that's not going to be fun. But if says it's necessary - ok.
Chest xray is done and normal. The nurse comes in (with back up) and is going to get urine from Hailey now. I am holding Hailey's arms down a nurse is holding her legs and another nurse is sticking the catheter in her. It's taking longer than it should (I know because I do these myself at work). She then says 'Oh! That's why! I took the wrong size!' my immediate unfiltered response was 'You're fucking kidding right?'. I can handle most things but incompetence isn't one of them.

Here's how the rest of the conversation went:
Nurse: I need to go get another size.
Me: You need to get another nurse.
Nurse: Excuse me? We don't just change staff here. I'll be right back.
Me: No you won't - you'll find someone else that will take care of Hailey now...thanks. (I was polite and I was calm).

She leaves and has the nuts to come back with another catheter. My fight is gone...I really just want to know what the hell is going on with Hailey so I cave. I give the nurse the 'go ahead and fuck it up this time and see what happens' speech and move on. She gets urine this time (lucky for her).

Now we wait...oh we wouldn't have had to wait but her urine dip showed blood (there's a flipping shock huh?). So they send it to the lab and we wait. Of course every single time someone walks in the room Hailey flips out completely. I'm talking she put every kid to shame in that ER. She was letting everyone know she was not happy at all. And for that...I'm proud of her!
Urine comes back normal. Back to square 1. The doctor says 'assuming nothing worse - it looks like just a virus...although I'm a bit baffled by how long it has been.' Ugh...couldn't he have left that last part out? I wish he would have! But he says we're good to go.

Just as he walks out of the room I hear 'Ok - I'm gonna do vitals on Rm 13' (we were in Rm 13). And then I hear the nurse say 'good luck getting that mom to let you do anything'. Really? The door is wide open! I say 'if there's someone competent that would like to come in...feel free!' But I didn't think he'd really come in and he did. He thinks he needs to take vitals again. So I kindly tell him no because we're ready to go and it's not necessary to get her all worked up again. He says 'well her heart rate was really high so I need to check her vitals again'. shit her heart rate was high! So again I say 'thanks but no'. And then our nurse comes in. Lord give me patience. She tries to explain away the need. I say no. Another nurse comes in. Finally I say 'Ok...if the doctor would like her vitals and her heart rate checked - he's more than welcome to come and check them himself. We'll be right here waiting.' Yeah...ironically enough they came back with our paperwork and said we were free to go.

And I would love nothing more than to walk out but I have to ask to have my parking ticket validated because in my hurry to leave the house I left the money Pete gave me on the table. Lol..."Umm...can you validate this ticket for me please?" Ah...motherhood. And she's still not feeling well today so Pete is home and taking her to the doctor. Probably just a virus but it's time to move on already! We have places to go and people to see!!!!!!


  1. I would/have done the same thing. You have every right to say/act the way you did. I give you credit for standing your ground with the nurse! Hope she feels better soon!

  2. I hope she is feeling better. Just so you know, we had Anna at the ER on Sat as well. Same thing - low grade fever with no other symptoms. Urine came back fine. Very odd... there must be something going around.

  3. I hope she's back to feeling like herself!

  4. UGH! I can not stand incompetent people and I had the same thing happen to me with a nurse at our Pedi's discussing me within earshot! that nurse is not allowed near my kids anymore when we go to the dr :o) I hope your girlie is feeling better today!

  5. Oh I am so sorry, I hope she feels better soon. How in the hell id the nurse grab the wrong size catheter. poor baby, that makes me cringe just thinking about it.