Monday, August 29, 2005

MAX GETS SICK

Today was a yucky, yucky day. Max cried for five hours straight today...and that is VERY unlike him. He is typically a very mild mannered baby (except when he is gassy!). So after nearly every nurse in the unit tried to help me comfort him (including a volunteer who played the guitar and sang for Max - the volunteers here are amazing!), we realized it was something more. He had a temp of 102 and his heart rate was over 200 continously.

So they did a spinal tap (for meningitis), a catheter up his little wee wee and blood tests to determine what was causing the fever. We are still not sure. Fortunately the tests so far show nothing "growing" but we are just in the wait and see period. The doctors said we should have a good idea tomorrow if anything is seriously wrong. Fortunately Max seems much more comfortable than earlier and appears to be ready for a good night's sleep. It was excruciatingly painful to see him in such discomfort and absolutely nothing made him feel better.

I was determined to not leave his side for all the tests...if he could endure the tests so could I. (But yikes, quite a long needle going in his back...and then again up his wee wee....it was a little intense!) It took three different people to eventually get the catheter up his small wee wee and three different tries with his veins (pretty fragile) for the IV. It was two solid hours of tests and procedures, yet Max was amazing...he is absolutely one incredible lil' guy!

I'll keep you posted...I am ready for bed big time. We were up VERY early and it's been a long day of rocking, shushing, and stressing out! HOPEFULLY we are going to have an uneventful day tomorrow...hopefully.

5 comments:

kate said...

I am so sorry to hear that Max is not feeling well and had to go through all of that testing. It is a horrible thing to see your child completely miserable, yet there is nothing you can do to make them feel better. Stay strong, and know that you have so many people praying for both of you! So happy to hear you were able to have the baptism service for him!
Love and hugs to you both, Kate

Suzanne Holman said...

Max, I'm so sorry you had such a miserable day. You are quite a trooper to go through all the many tests and procedures you've had in your life.....more than most everyone goes through in a lifetime. I love you so much and you are in my prayers constantly.
Love from your Grammy

Meredith said...

I am sorry to hear that little Max isn't feeling well and had to endure all those tests. Poor guy! How difficult it must have been for you to watch him go through that. David, Davey and I are praying for you both and sending lots of love.

Meredith

Meredith said...

I am sorry to hear that little Max isn't feeling well and had to endure all those tests. Poor guy! How difficult it must have been for you to watch him go through that. David, Davey and I are praying for you both and sending lots of love.

Meredith

Mary Karr said...

So glad to hear from you and Max. Sorry he had a bad day. Hope today is much improved.

Amy, you are an amazing person and an excellent Mother. Give yourself a pat on the back from me.

Wonderful that you were able to have the baptism service. I'm anxious to see the pictures. I look at the pictures of you and Max together often.

Much love and many prayers,

Mary