Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Our ER Visit

When we started the Foundation, we did so with the intentions of helping other children and never really thought that one of our girls would need to receive a stuffed animal. Yesterday, Elly had to be taken to the ER for dehydration. She had been vomiting for 2 days, unable to keep anything down. She had been refusing liquids yesterday and had become limp. We could not get her fever to come down and she had only had 2 wet diapers all day. Finally after a phone call to a friend, we took her in to the ER. There they tried forcing fluids like we had been, only to have them come back up. At first when we were asked if Elly wanted a stuffed animal, we said no, save them for the other kids, but then we changed our minds. We decided our little girl was not exempt from the comfort the animal would give, so they brought her out a teddy bear. We were glad they did too. She had to have blood drawn and an in and out cath to get a urine sample. After everything was tested, she was given a shot to stop the vomiting and we were sent home to force fluids. We are keeping our fingers crossed that this will do the trick and we can avoid an IV (the doctor on duty doesn't like doing IVs on little ones). She seems to be doing better today, no vomiting yet, and she has finally started drinking.

Elly has kept a hold of that teddy bear she received all morning too. We are very appreciative of the work of everyone that has helped with the Foundation for bringing some comfort to our little girl.


  1. Poor, Elly. It doesn't look like she will be giving that bear up anytime soon. And is good that you chose to let her have a bear, Abby would've wanted that:) We hope that she gets better soon.
    -The Daniels

  2. Great idea, I think you did the right thing to let her just be normal and get the comfort from this special foundation you have created, no matter how close it is to you. Hope all is well.