Friday, July 24, 2009

Checking Back Into Hotel California

On Thursday I did call the pulmonologist about the desaturation that was keeping us up all night. As soon as the nurse called back (just as I had reached my office in Boston) and told me we should take Penny to be evaluated at the ER I just knew we'd end up checking back in to the hospital. I wish I had packed accordingly. Also going back to get Penny made it my third trip into Boston before noon.

The problem is she is desaturating and needs the "blow-by" oxygen even with the nasal cannula delivering oxygen. When pressed for a "how can we manage this at home so we can be released", I was told that they didn't know yet. Since today is Friday I pretty much have no hope that we'll get released until after the weekend. Penny has the adenovirus so we can't take her in the playroom*. In the plus column that means we got our own room (with an awesome view of the city). Since someone else had to deal with the pesky monitor and fixing the blow-by all night I actually got some rest. Husband comes to take over at 11 am because I figured I might go crazy trying to entertain an almost 11 month old in a bed all day.

This is our last weekend at home before we go to Martha's Vineyard (completely paid for) and I have a list a mile long. We are probably going to have my mother-in-law fly in so we can better manage caring for two kids in separate locations while trying to get organized for our trip. Let's not even talk about the work piling up in my office.

I know she'll be fine - we just have to get her over this virus/cold and if we can prove she does okay just on the nasal cannula they will let us go home.


*Husband just told me he got pink-eye from the virus she must have passed on - a common side effect. Penny tought it was the funniest thing in the world for her to touch all my teeth yesterday while we were in the ER. I wonder what I'm going to catch?

9 comments:

anitajd said...

OH NO! I'm reading this at 7am, and you write "this is my 3rd trip into Boston before noon." What a rough night! My thoughts are with you, Penny and your family!

Abby said...

ugh, I can't imagine how stressed you must be. hang in there. thinking of you and penny!!

Stacey said...

I hope this time they have some answers for you. Or is the focus just on the oxygen levels? One thing for sure. You will be taking that vacation come hell or high water! You and Aaron deserve a little time off. Glad to hear that Debby can come out to help. That must be nice!

ElizabethE (also of BigLaw) said...

Good luck.

Nicole S. said...

Martha's Vineyard is going to be so nice after all this. Hope you all feel better soon!

Goddess in Progress said...

Oh man. So sorry you had to go back into the hospital. Here's to hoping for a very short stay and a well-earned vacation.

Susan said...

Poor Penny and poor you. Exhausting. Here's to hoping she goes home earlier than expected and you get organized for work and vacation.

K @ ourboxofrain said...

Ugh. I guess that's why I didn't see you last night. I'm so sorry you're back there again :( I hope she comes home soon and that the Vineyard is a nice and well-earned break from it all.

jungletwins said...

Whoa, not again! Well this means that your Martha's Vineyard trip will be the greatest vacay ever. All your hard work and stress will be rewarded with gorgeous views, yummy food, and sandy beaches to play on.