Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nick's hospital experience!


Life has been easy for us of late, so perhaps we were due a shakeup! Mind you, I wasn't expecting Nick to throw us such a huge curve ball.

The order of events went something like this....

Thursday lunchtime: Hot face + cold feet = temperature
Friday lunchtime: Lots of gunk in his throat. Dr. describes him as chesty and gives him antibiotics.
Saturday: Can't get antibiotics into him as they come straight back up. By Saturday night, my uneasiness continues. We decide to take him to the emergency room at our local hospital. After an examination and x-ray we were floored when told that Nick had Pneumonia.

From there, it was a matter of finding a room that could accommodate him and me. By this time he had also been hooked up to an IV and was being pumped full of saline, antibiotics and pain killers. The following three days involved medication, nebulizing and Physio. Food wasn't an issue as he had completely lost his appetite and only managed a few apples and some cereal.

I really take my hat off to Nick. His whole world was turned upside down and he just went with the flow. The Nebulizer did cause a little bit of stress, however, we made a plan and added in some scaffolding when necessary. He was in hospital for three nights and I spent the majority of time with him, including the nights. That dodgy green Lazyboy was my bed!

I think that our saving grace was the fact that Nick was so calm, which in turn kept my feelings on an even keel (or perhaps it was the other way around). There was no rush or drama. We followed the lead of the hospital staff, and they in turn also took guidance from me.

Nick's resilience continues to amaze me.

Onward and upward!



14 comments:

  1. He did amazing! I hope he feels better soon. We have some planned hospital visits (overnight eeg's, ultrasound, heart check) coming up. I hope Sophie is as resilient as Nick was... Or at least half as resilient, lol

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  2. Hi there, Sophie's Trains. Thanks for stopping by. Good luck, although I am sure that Sophie will be fine, she seems pretty chilled. x

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  3. Good to hear that RDI helped with the hospital stay, but I wish you'd had something more comfortable to sleep on!!

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    1. I know.... that chair was not so comfortable! I am still trying to catch up on lost sleep! :-)

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  4. So glad that it was relatively "easy" as it could be!!!! And of course that he is now home!!!

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    1. You know, Kathy.... the ease in which Nick has adapted to traveling and curve balls gives us the confidence to take him on more trips away!! Might come and visit you one day! :P

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  5. Your poor, poor boy. I really felt for you all but so glad to hear he was so able to deal with it all. Hope he's continuing his recovery xxx

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    1. Hi Jazzy, Nick hasn't fully recovered as yet and he is a bag of bones! However, he is making progress every day. xx

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  6. Gosh your Nick sounds like a right trooper, I hope he is feeling much better now and you have at least had a good nights sleep. Mich x

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    1. Michelle, he really is. I was mighty glad to get home to my own bed, as was he! :)

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  7. WOW it sounds like he was amazing in the hospital. What a thing to go through. Ethan is really scared of doctors/hospitals, something like this is my biggest fear considering we sometimes have to pin him down just to take his temp! I hope he is feeling better and things start to go well for you again x

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  8. Hi Jane, yes he was amazing. It was quite an experience for all of us; and not one I would care to repeat in a hurry! Poor Ethan, Nick also battled when he was little.... it gets better with age. Thank you for your good wishes. x

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  9. Well handled! Glad to hear he's in the clear. x

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