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.