Another Stay at Hotel Hospital

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on March 7, 2011

Zach is not in pain – he’s been given morphine. But, he is hungry. And frustrated.

He’s right here next to me, lying in a hospital bed in a hospital gown, for the second time in the last seven days.


My mommy instincts went on red alert this morning when Zach woke up and immediately began vomiting. He didn’t have a fever, but he was crying out in pain and his whole body shook in fear.

I called the advice nurse … Could this be related to his appendectomy? Should I be worried? “No,” she assured me, “it sounds like the flu.” I wanted it to be the flu, but I just had this feeling that it wasn’t.

I called the hospital, where Zach spent three days last week. The surgeon on call immediately told me to bring Zach in for evaluation. He wouldn’t tell me why, exactly – he wanted to see him first – but, I suspected that my son may have developed an infection.

After two hours of non-stop vomiting, we arrived at the hospital. Blood tests came back showing that Zach’s white blood cell count was extremely high, and a CT scan was taken. It was then determined that a mass had developed in the exact place where Zach’s appendix had been just last Monday. An infection, of sorts.

So, here we sit … Zach is bored out of his mind, and frustrated that he has an IV in his right arm, because his left arm is still sore from the first time. And, he’s pissed, because they won’t let him eat.

But, he’s not in pain. And, that makes his mama’s heart very glad.

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Gena Morris March 8, 2011 at 12:47 am

I’m so sorry you are going through this right now. :( Praying for both of you!
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@ColoradoMom March 8, 2011 at 12:49 am

BIG Hugs to you guys!!!! I hope he recovers quick.
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Liz March 8, 2011 at 12:52 am

Oh…BLECH! So glad he’s being taking care of and, please, remember to do the same for yourself. Feel better, both of you, real soon!
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Stacey @ Tree, Root, and Twig March 8, 2011 at 12:53 am

Good for you for trusting your instincts! I’m SO sorry your son is going through all this aftermath – I truly hope this is the final hurdle and you can bid good riddance to the hospital for a good, long time.
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Joyce March 8, 2011 at 2:53 am

=( I’m glad you called the hospital. Hope he gets well soon.

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Lauren March 8, 2011 at 4:00 am

So sorry you guys are going through that, Thank God for Mommy instincts! We are praying for a short hospital stay and quick recovery.

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Judgebrix March 8, 2011 at 6:05 am

Sorry you guys are going through this. I just spent 3 days with my son in hospital, and the hospital chairs are not the most comfortable to spend more than 12 minutes in.
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Andrea March 8, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Seriously what is with all this bad medical advice?! I am so over it. SO glad you listened to your instincts and got him in there. Hang in there mama!

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Dena March 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Oh how scary. Thank God for those Mom instincts. Seems like there is always something to worry about as a mommy. I have 6 children myself. In the past month we’ve had 3 ER visits. I hope he continues to improve and is out of the hospital very soon.

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