Friday, January 26, 2007

Obstruction

Elijah and I are back at Children's. I took him into the ER early this morning after Eli spend an entire night of constant pain. His poor belly was bright right & modeled and he hadn't pooped in 13 hours. I know we prayed for his stooling to slow down, but I knew something was very wrong.
It is a pretty sad thing when a tiny baby screaming like he is in agonizing pain does not constitute a priority in the ER. We had to wait for 2 1/2 hours before we even got back to an exam room. I was so PO'ed, as I told the triage nurse Eli was high risk for infection and she insisted we wait in the waiting area w/ all the other sick kids.
The admittance wasn't any easier despite the fact we've now been to the same ER 3 times in the past 10 days. It took 3 tries to get an IV in Eli's scalp and they drew 8 viles this time in order to run every possible lab (nutrition, electrolytes, CBC, CRP, full liver function panel, the works). We made our grand journey down to x-ray and they took lots of pictures of Eli's swollen belly. Almost 5 hours after we first entered the ER the attending doc made her diagnosis, bowel obstruction.
I haven't actually seen Eli's GI doc yet, but I heard through the medical-telephone that his x-ray showed a complete fluid & air blockage. We got the "do not pass go" pass this time and they tucked us away in a teeny-tiny corner room. Seriously, you think you would be more accommodating to a mother w/ three young children. This room has enough space to walk-in, turn around- in the same spot, and walk out. It should be interesting when the girls get here. While I am on my rant about family accomidations, I have been now sitting in the hospital for 9 hours w/o anyone offering anything to drink or eat. I know, it's not about me.
So, we sit and wait. I hope to know more of a game plan when I actually talk to Eli's GI doc. Normal treatment for obstructions is NPO (nothing by mouth, we stopped Eli's GT feeds) and maintenance IV fluids. They will continue to monitor Eli's obstruction w/ x-rays and we just pray it will be able to repair itself w/o any intervention. Eli will probably need a NJ tube (tube from his nose to his jejunum) to help relieve the pressure in his belly. Hopefully something will work and Eli can be more comfortable. I don't know how long it will take to heal, but I have heard 24 hours to several days.
I will hold up camp at Children's until Eli can come home. I can't bear the thought of leaving my baby boy all alone. Grandma should be coming to our rescue soon w/ Eli's personal swing, so hopefully I can get our little guy to rest. I lucked out and got a laptop from the Family Resource Center, so I should be able to update the blog and keep all Eli's loved ones informed.
If everyone who reads Eli blog could please say a prayer for our little guy. He has had such a rough road and it just breaks my heart to see my baby boy in pain. Pray Eli's bowel heals and we can return home very soon.
ETA- I just got a call from Eli's GI doc. Apparently he sent a referral for the pediatric surgeons to come and talk to me. Please, please pray Eli doesn't need another bowel surgery. Eli is such a little fighter, but I just wish things didn't have to be this way for him.

4 comments:

Maggie said...

Oh Sarah!!! Eli is in my prayers!!!

kristi jagger (sin.kitten) said...

my heart is going out to eli and you. this is a trying time again. have faith he will pull through all of this. im not a religous person, but once was as a child, even though i am not anymore i still give it a shot enough to pray for eli when i read such news about him. please keep your blog updated as i check in on him often. lots of love to you both and positive thoughts.

btw- kaeden has the same blue puppy nightgown eli has in one of the current pics ;)

angela(kclmomof4) said...

Sarah, my family will keep Eli and your family in our prayers!! Eli is just a super little guy. Take Care of yourself and that cutie pie. (((HUGS)))

Anonymous said...

Our family wishes Eli the very best. We pray that the doctors that will be looking after him will do their jobs and keep him safe.

Our son was born at 24 weeks premature and we understand what you are going through.

Please stay strong - you are doing a great job!!!