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Sylvia’s Sleeping Patterns
June 27, 2007, 8:00 am
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For the last two nights, Sylvia’s sleeping patterns have been fabulous! I don’t want to get too excited yet, but she is going longer without eating. Last night, we put her to bed around 11 pm. She woke up at 2:30 am, and not again until 5:30. Both times, she woke up, ate, and went right back to sleep. For awhile, she was keeping us awake for about an hour and a half at each feeding. Do the math and you’d figure out that that is most of the night. Hopefully, she’ll take this new skill home with her.


Check back for Updates from the Doctors.
June 25, 2007, 2:26 pm
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I will update later tonight if the Doctors tell us anything.


Children’s Mercy Hospital
June 25, 2007, 2:24 pm
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Under the Weather
June 25, 2007, 2:16 pm
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Ok, the doctors just came around and said that they didn’t need to do another (#4) spinal tap (they had told me this morning that they were going to do another one today). They did do more bloodwork, but she is all calmed down from that. They said she might have a staff infection in her blood, but she would have got it from them. Everything they said she probably has is curable by antibiotics.

They said right now we just have to ride out the fever and let the antibiotics do their job. Her fever went down, so as long as it goes back to normal by tomorrow, they will let her be and say she’s better.

Worst 24 Hours of My Life
June 25, 2007, 2:16 pm
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From Joanne’s Blog:
The last 24 hours have been the worst of my life. Saturday night around 9 p.m., we discovered Sylvia had a temperature of 102. I called me pediatrician, and she said go straight to the ER. I was so upset because I really hate Heartland Hospital (St. Joe’s hospital). It seems like people go in there and come out worse than they went in. So we decided to go down to Children’s Mercy.
We got there around 10:30. Since they had no idea what was causing the fever, they had to do every kind of test, which included a chest x-ray, blood work, urine tests, and a spinal tap. Obviously, the last is what freaked me out the most. I bawled and bawled when they were doing it (I didn’t stay in the room…I couldn’t have handled it emotionally). They told us after the first one that she was so dehydrated that they couldn’t get any fluid out of her, so they would have to do it again after they put a drip on her for an hour. She had an IV put in her and she ate, and about an hour later, they did it again. I cried and cried again. I have never felt so miserable in my life thinking about my baby going through that much pain.
After the second one, they said they got a little bit. They also said that while they run all the tests they want, we would have to stay in the hospital for two to three days so she could take antibiotics. So we were admitted this morning, and they promised they were done poking her. I was relieved and got some rest. Then they came in and said something about wanting to test for a particular virus that can be found in the spinal fluid (but not spinal meningitis). Guess what, that requires another spinal tap. They just looked at me waiting for an answer, and I just stared at them like Are you serious? I felt like I didn’t have much of a choice, but they could tell I was not happy about it, so after a moment, they said that they could put a numbing cream on her back first and then give her a shot to numb the area before they did it again. Plus they said they would only try two times. That made me really upset because I thought How many times did you try before? Each time they put the needle in hurts like hell. Well they took her away again, and I was sick to my stomach all over again. And it was a waste because they couldn’t get anything and they knocked her IV out and they had to rip the tape off and redo her IV, which also hurts like hell. Needless to say, I’ve been an emotional wreck. They finally promised that they really are done poking, and they have left her alone for a few hours, so I have calmed down. I am still exhausted from being awake all night, so I’m about to take another nap. She still has a temp over 100, but they have her on Tylenol, making her pretty content sleeping. She looks really peaceful laying there. Her color looks much better, and her eyeballs are finally back to normal. They were so red and puffy this morning from crying all night.
Right now, we really have no idea where the bacteria is. We only know that she has bacteria in her body and it could either be an infection, a virus, or spinal meningitis. The last is the very worse case scenerio. We are hoping they can find the source of the bacteria over the next two days so that we can go home as soon as she is all better.

New Photos
June 16, 2007, 9:43 pm
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Ready to Head Out!
June 13, 2007, 9:48 am
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Sorry everyone I have not updated the blog in awhile. I was busy finishing things for work to a point so we could leave on our trip back to Missouri tonight at 8 p.m. I will update once we get to Missouri of our adventures on the road.

Next stop St. Joseph, Mo. 1270 miles away.