Thursday, August 30, 2012

False Alarm

We had a scare today.

Photo Courtesy of Jimby 

More yellowish liquid came out of Bella's NG tube when she started coughing (while being tube fed). I didn't push it all the way through & just flushed it.

An hour later, I noticed that she was sleeping in way too long so I decided to wake her up around 11:30am. I prepared her bath and bathe her. Soon after, she started getting upset. (maybe I would too if someone woke me up from my sleep & put me in a tub of water). Long story short, after bathing her, I breastfed her for 15 minutes and she started crying again. I couldn't console her with either breastfeed or soother. She held her breathe twice and turned blue-ish. I panicked. I called my husband & told him I'm driving her to the hospital.

I asked my boys to change their clothes and get ready. I have NEVER seen them change so quickly (no whining, complaining or having to ask to do it twice). By the time I got Isabella and her things ready, they were already both in the car, all buckled up. I was really impressed.

It was a scary drive. Not only because she had an episode, it's also the first time I'm driving our new car. I should have called an ambulance. By the time I got to the hospital, I was shaking. I was also impressed how quick they took us. That was the quickest intake I have experienced.  Because of Isabella's history & not having her vaccination yet, they didn't want her to get mixed with other sick kids so they took her to the rooms immediately and was monitored and tested.

After couple hours, fortunately, there was nothing alarming to keep us in the hospital so thank God, they sent us home. I wasn't sure how I would handle it again if she needed to stay at the hospital again.

Going back to the tube, we decided to pull out the NG tube and placed a new one on the other nostril. I've read/heard that the yellow fluid is usually a mixture of undigested food, biles etc. Just to be on the safe side, just in case the NG was too low in the stomach.

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