Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Black Widow Spider PART 2

PART 2

We get to ER and the lobby is empty. I give the lady at the desk Elizabeth's name, and tell her poison control has already called ahead for us. She looks up and says have a seat...Ugh! I'm thinking WHY? are you busy...NOT! I walk over to Elizabeth who in pacing and tell her it will be a few minutes. Then the lady looks up and says again "just have a seat" I take a deep breath and reply " she can't she's in to much pain!" A few minutes later the nurse from triage comes out and calls Elizabeth's name. We go back and he weighs her and ask her what's her reason for the visit....I could feel my neck tense up. This guy was soooooo SSSLLLOOOWWW it wasn't funny. He is wanting Elizabeth to tell him what happened and she can't because of the pain, so I start to tell him. At the same time I'm talking he puts the blood pressure cuff on. He turns and says "don't tell me to much until I'm sitting at the computer, so I don't forget"....Elizabeth shoots me a look :( I wait til he gets seated to give any really important information. He takes her blood pressure 3 times and said "I just don't see how that can be right." It was right but it was VERY high for a girl her age and size 159 over 96, this is one of the side affects. Now, the time is 12 midnight and these are the symptoms she was having high blood pressure, racing heart, nauseous, sweats, head ache, cramping in her abdomen and lower back, and the site of the bite hurt. Speedy the nurse( oops! that wasn't nice of me) finally gets all her information and we head to a room. He puts us in a dirty room, he tells us to have a seat and he'll call someone to clean the bed. The guy that came in to clean well, I believe he was related to the triage nurse. He was slow as Christmas! He wiped down the bed then pulled the paper across it wet and said "wait til it drys before you get on it"...Really!? The bed and paper were wet..yuck, but it didn't matter Elizabeth was still up and pacing. All the other rooms were full so we waited 30 minutes for the doctor to come, I watched Elizabeth pace and cry the whole time...I couldn't help her and that's hard as a Momma! The Resident comes in and ask her to lay down and he begins to ask her the story, I tell it again. He questions if they really saw it and I told him YES, my husband killed it. He wanted to know if we brought it with us, no we didn't. Live and learn, seems like Elizabeth is always our guinea pig. (If you ever have anything like this happen, bring the bug even if you smash it) The doctor looks Elizabeth over and says he is going to get the head doctor. Elizabeth says they have to hurry I can't take it any more...20 minutes pass. While waiting the insurance clerk comes in for her information, she takes one look at Elizabeth and says "are they helping you?" I tell her that the Resident went to get the head doctor, but that was 20 minutes ago. She tells us insurance can wait I'm finding her a doctor, nobody should lay in a hospital in that much pain. By this time Elizabeth had started having severe buttocks, arms and legs cramps with spasms. Within 2 or 3 minutes of the clerk leaving the room the Resident and doctor appear. The doctor says he has heard our story and just can't believe it's a BW?! He tells us they have many people come in each year and say they "think" they were bitten by a BW. He said these people seem to only have one symptom and they never saw what bit them. I'm thinking... WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH MY DAUGHTER? He then says to Elizabeth "honey we are going to get you some relief" at this point I'm wanting to yell..."FINALLY!"(During this whole time I was praying for Elizabeth and that I remain calm, and Christ like...God was truly with us both!) He tells us they are going to come and do some blood work and put an IV in. Once the IV is in they will give her some fluids, morphine, and calcium gluconate(for the cramps,this is a heart medicine) It takes another 45 minutes to get to the meds...Ugh! Once the morphine was in she was able to lay down, the first time in hours. She was also put on a heart monitor because of the calcium gluconate, it can cause the heart to stop, this was a little scary. The Resident comes in and says they will watch her for awhile before they decide if they should admit her. Around 3:45 the doctor comes back in to check on her and see how her pain is. Even with all the meds her pain level was around a 8. Elizabeth's muscles were hard, tight, and she was still having spasms. The doctor said he just needed to admit her, and keep her on the IV meds and try to get her some rest/relief. Before he leaves the room he tells us this is the first TC Thompson's Children's Hospital had ever seen of this. He also shares that most BW bites only have a severe affect on the elderly or small children. Then he says there is an anti venom, but it's for people under 16 ...Elizabeth was 2 months to old :( sigh... that's our life. As, the Resident and doctor are leaving the room the doctor turns and say "she is a text book case for the BW bite, she has every symptom" Looking back if I had a dollar for every Resident, doctor, or medical staff that told us this over the next 2 days, Elizabeth's stay in the hospital could have been FREE! LOL Finally at 5:45 Elizabeth is settled in a room and left to rest.........

6 comments:

Jennifer said...

Wow! Poor thing! That sounds awful. I, too, have experienced the lovely ER's lack of any sense of urgency. Ummm... there's a reason they call it emergency! I'm glad that's over!

rigman0221 said...

Girl, in reading this, you have no idea how much alike you and I are. I'm glad she's better, that's horrible to have to go through all that....for her and for you as her mom.

Tammy

Beth said...

OH MY!!! Poor Elizabeth!!!

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

Ugh this whole story is just making me ill! I think I would have let Elizabeth scream at the doctors. Seriously? 2 months too old? They couldn't have just tried it anyway?! *sigh*

Sunny said...

What a story. I'm so glad Elizabeth is doing better. What a crazy, painful thing to have to go through.

Theresa said...

Christ like behavior to say the least! I would have to say you have to be Christ himself not to lose it.

I am glad that they finally got their acts together.

My mom had a similar situation in the ER. You just want to cry for them.

Thinking of you, love Theresa