Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Have you ever been to an ER? I don't know what it's been like for you but I'll tell you the one thing I've learned in the last two wait A LOT! Why were we in the ER?? Shawn has some GI stuff going on that has caused some severe pain. He's had 2 ultrasound and a CT scan. After two days I can tell you what it is NOT. It is NOT a gallbladder problem. It is NOT appendicitis. It is NOT the pancreas. It is NOT the liver. At this point they have no answers but a referral to a GI specialist, who will hopefully give us more answers. What I do know is this: you read a lot when you wait at an ER, you witness some pretty nasty things, you give (freely) your barf bucket to another patient when in an emergency they use it, 21 month-olds do not like to be stuck waiting despite mom packing toys, food, books, movies and other distractions (really, I knew this already), 21 month-olds will not fall asleep in the ER, 2 days of vending foods don't give you lots of energy or good nutrition but LOTS of calories, chairs in the waiting rooms & patient rooms will re-inflame your old tailbone fracture, staying up till midnight or past and getting up early will cause fatigue, abdominal ultrasounds take FOREVER, I never want a contrast CT of the abdomen (don't ask), when they call you back (for the first time) don't get too excited, they're just taking your temperature, BP and asking a few won't get to see a real doctor for a long time, and despite all their technologies, education, and expertise medical doctors don't know everything (knew this one too). I hope you've had a healthier last few days. I'll let you know if we find out anything;o)

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