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My Poor Little Abby

I am quite worried about my Abby.  She hasn't really gotten any better since last week's puke-fest.  She's not throwing up as often, but she's got terrible diarrhea, hasn't really eaten in days, is barely drinking.  She didn't pee all day. 

I took her to the doctor this afternoon - not my favorite doctor in the practice, though not my least favorite, either.  Normally, Abby is thrilled when she's at the doctor all by herself.  She loves to be the singleton.  But she hardly noticed where she was.  Fortunately, once she started getting poked and prodded, she did fight back a little, which is good.  Bad news is she had lost a pound in 7 days.  For a 20 pound baby, that's pretty significant.  She also had a 102.2F degree fever, despite having given her ibuprofen an hour and a half earlier.

Since she wasn't COMPLETELY lethargic, the doctor wasn't too jumpy.  But she IS worried.  Abby hadn't peed all day, is definitely not herself, and isn't taking fluids.  She said to give her pedialyte with a dropper if we have to.  If she hasn't had a wet diaper by morning, I'm to call back to the office.

Seth picked some pedialyte up on the way home, and tried to give her some in a sippy cup, but she was having none of it, so I had him hold her while I gave her little drops of it with a dropper, but she kept spitting it out.  It was close to her bed time, so I paged the doctor to find out how vigilant I needed to be about forcing this into her before bed.  Right after I paged the doctor, Seth suggested trying a pedialyte popsicle, which worked before the doctor called back, thankfully.  She was willing to suck on that. 

The doctor said to do our best to get the whole popsicle into her before bed and then to try to get her to sip on water if she woke up through the night.  And to call her in the morning.

She finished the popsicle, mostly, and we put her to bed.  She went to bed with absolutely no fussing (very unusual for her).  I went into the nursery around 9pm.  Abby opened her eyes and looked at me, but didn't lift her head and didn't make a peep.  This is extremely uncharacteristic for her.  Her typical MO is to scream bloody murder if there is an intruder in her room in the middle of the night who isn't courteous enough to rescue her from her caged prison.  I tried to give her a sippy cup of pedialyte, but she wouldn't take it.  She wouldn't even push it away. 

I'm hoping there will be a change in the morning, but my suspicion is that we will be headed back to the doctor in the morning.


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kalki From: kalki Date: December 31st, 2008 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
oh hon, that does sound scary!!!

*hugs*
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: December 31st, 2008 07:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Refuah sheleimah little Abby! Don't scare your mommy and her friends like that!
hipstamom From: hipstamom Date: December 31st, 2008 07:27 am (UTC) (Link)
that's really scary. Poor baby. I hope she feels better soon.

(((HUGS)))
tigerbright From: tigerbright Date: December 31st, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well... the wonderful thing about living now is that there are many ways to get fluids into a dehydrated baby.

*hugs* and good wishes.
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mindycl From: mindycl Date: December 31st, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Honey - I hope yo wont end up in the hospital, which you probably will if she won't drink.... good luck...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 1st, 2009 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I finally got her to take some sorbet, of all things, and then a bit of a pedialyte popsicle. It was enough to get one wet diaper today, which was enough to keep her out of the hospital for now. We'll see how she's doing tomorrow.
marag From: marag Date: December 31st, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
::hugs:: I hope she gets better quickly. It's so scary when they're lethargic.
ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: December 31st, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear -- I do hope she gets better soon!
ailsaek From: ailsaek Date: December 31st, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh no. That's scary. Refuah sheleimah.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: December 31st, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
i hope she's ok :( i know how scary that is!
mrn613 From: mrn613 Date: December 31st, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Refuah shleima, Abby.
archgirl06 From: archgirl06 Date: December 31st, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw. Poor Abby. I hope she starts drinking soon. If not, she may need to go to the hospital. Poor thing. I hope she gets better soon.
rlitterst From: rlitterst Date: December 31st, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Reading that makes me cry. We're sending healing, energetic, thirsty and hungry thoughts your way!!!!
hopeness From: hopeness Date: December 31st, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor Abby. We'll be thinking of you and praying for a wet diaper and a speedy recovery.
zsero From: zsero Date: December 31st, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Avigayil Nechama bat Ester Chaya, right?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 1st, 2009 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes. thank you so much for thinking of it. I think she turned a bit of a corner today, but she's definitely still sick, so tefilos are still welcome.
skatured From: skatured Date: December 31st, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Abby is in my thoughts!
indigodove From: indigodove Date: December 31st, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Poor baby! I hope she is better quickly -- I will pray for her.
redhotmamainmd From: redhotmamainmd Date: December 31st, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
not sure if you will see this before the am... but when my kids were sick I used to mix unflavored Pedialyte with the "just add water" koolaid mix. I just followed the directions as if the pedialyte was the water.

Anyhow, it was the only way my babies would take it. So if it works and helps then go for it.

I hope all works out and she is better.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: January 1st, 2009 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)
It's not pedialyte specifically she was rejecting - she wouldn't drink anything (she normally gobbles up pedialyte). She wouldn't drink water, pedialyte, powerade, watered down juice, I even tried milk and she wouldn't drink it.

She's doing better now, thank heavens.
debsters1101 From: debsters1101 Date: January 1st, 2009 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
aw poor little thing. and poor mommy. scary for both of you, I know.
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