Here’s a switch; I am writing this blog instead of Aliisa. It makes sense, though, when you consider the context. I had an adventure with Baelor, one that I’ll never forget. When Rowen was born on August 30 Baelor had been sick for 4 days. It started out as vomiting and then turned to diarrhea, finally settling on a general malaise and cruddy feeling. He was not eating or playing and he was spending way more time in bed than normal. He would often complain about his tummy hurting. We assumed it was a bug going around that gave you an upset stomach and that his body would fight it off in time. Well, we were wrong. By the Friday after Rowen was born Baelor was still no better and we were getting worried. So I came home from work and took Baelor to the Peacehealth Emergency Department. We were there for 6 hours and the final consensus (after blood draws, stool samples and an ultrasound) was that Baelor had a stomach bug that would resolve in the near future, and it was probably viral so antibiotics would do no good. In fact, at the hospital that night they give Baelor some Ibuprofen and he was back to his normal self. Well, on Sunday when I came home from church at noon, Baelor was still asleep in bed.
Baelor had already had a priesthood blessing for this but a good brother, James Jenson, came over and helped me give Baleor another one. Then it was off to the ER again. This time the doctor on staff feared a potential life threatening condition, a ruptured appendix. The ultrasound didn’t show anything, but the symptoms were similar to a ruptured appendix. So Baelor and I got to take an Ambulance to Randall Children’s Hospital in Portland. By now it was midnight and Baelor was exhausted, I was a wreck and Aliisa was stressed at home with a new baby and the worry over Baelor. I met with the pediatric surgeons who told me that it was likely a ruptured appendix but that the Ultrasounds were inconclusive. They would keep Baelor there and put him on antibiotics, ibuprofen and fluids all done intravenously. In all honesty I think that was Baelor’s least favorite part. The fluids meant he was not dehydrated, but the doctors did not want him eating or drinking in case he needed to be rushed to surgery. My least favorite part, though, was trying to get an IV into such a tiny vein. The first time it was on the back of his hand and they had to splint him right up to his fingertips so that he wouldn’t accidently (or purposefully) pull the tube out. The second time was far worse. They had to go deep into his forearm after blowing through the other usable veins that are closer to the surface. As he lay there being pinned by a nurse and me, another nurse used ultrasound to find the usable vein, another woman sang and stroked Baelor’s hair, Baelor screamed about the “pokeys” in a way that sounded like he just couldn’t believe what was going on, and I broke down and cried on Baelor’s legs as I held them down.
That was the hardest time for me in the hospital. I am tearing up right now remembering this. We ended up staying in the hospital for five days, Sunday afternoon through Friday afternoon. Randall Children’s was great, checking up on Baelor and me, doing Bingo with Baelor getting 4 awesome prizes, and as much ice cream as he could eat , once the food ban was lifted on Wednesday. Some of the pictures show Baelor with a very puffy face due to the intravenous fluids, but, other than that, by Tuesday night he was pretty much back to normal. After all was said and done Baelor had no surgeries. The Antibiotics did the trick. It turns out it was probably a very bad intestinal infection, not a ruptured appendix. We were advised to be vigilant and watchful for any signs of a return of the symptoms. A month and a half later and Baelor is still his normal, happy, active self with no infection in sight. I am so grateful for all the help, prayers and blessings that helped get us all through this trying time for Baelor and all of our family.