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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Back to the hospital

So as I posted yesterday, Gabriella was diagnosed with Pnemonia. I also mentioned her eating issues and severe weight loss. These last 2 days have proven to us that she is not going to improve. Today she has not eaten more than a half piece of sausage and has thrown up any other attempts at eating we could convince her to eat. She looks at food with sheer disgust, and is now not even drinking much. I can't even get her antibiotic in for her pnemonia. She has been so lethargic today we decided it couldn't last much longer this way at home.

We spoke with her Ped and cardiologists and decided the quicker we could get her treated the better. Not eating and drinking is going to hurt her tenfold what it would a healthy child. And not treating this pnemonia could be detrimental to her condition. Since her Ped has no priviledges at PCH to directly admit her, we had to decide to either wait in the ER for PCH or go to another hospital. Of course PCH was ideal because they have her history, but because of the need to keep her out of cootie zones, we decided Cardon Childrens was best for this trip.

We are sitting now in her room at a 9 day old hospital. (Later I can rave about how this place is like a resort.) Just to make me look like a hypocondriac, Gabriella managed to walk down to the galley, grab snacks, eat a bow of cereal and drink some milk. Go figure. The doctor came in and we went over Gabriellas history. They will start IV fluids for hydration, swab her for flu, do another Xray and start IV antibiotics to fight this pnemonia. I'm praying a NG tube is not part of the plan, but if we can't get her to keep down food I see it being a strong and quick possibility acutely.

So basically, we are here because she is dehydrated, malnourished and has pnemonia. I'm hoping we can get her to a better spot physically and be home by the weekend. Poor kid needs a break, and I am hopeful it will happen soon.


Strawberry said...

I am glad she is eating some! I am thinking of Gabriella. Please keep us updated. OX

Angies Support Team said...

You guys are way down right now, just remember you have no where to go but up now. God will be with you! :]

g-ma-vicki said...

Enough is enough already! Praying extra hard for her to gain strength,for her doctors to continue to be proactive, and for Gabriella tohave the desire in her heart to fight through this! Must be nicer to have the new hospital in the East valley. Thinking and praying daily..Love to you.
Owen's Gamma

Sara said...

Feel better Gabriella! Find your favorite food and demand it all you want girlie. I'm sure your mom would be happy if you ate oreos all day if you wanted.

That's pretty funny how she managed to do all that as soon as you get her admitted and a good sign for her!

cici said...

I sure hope she feels better soon and gets her appetite back.
Sounds like she is like my son who likes little packaged snacks and treats. Funny what can bring an appetite back.
I sure hope this is a quick stay and Gabriella gets her spirits lifted.

Kristi, my prayers are with you as I know how hard it is on a loving Mom.
Wish I were there to have a cup of coffee (or glass of wine;) with you and lend support and a hug.
Please keep us posted.

Corey~living and loving said...

sending lots of healing prayers.