June 22, 2011

Our tough little man.

For those of you who might have noticed a lack of posting over the last few days the above image says it all. Our poor little love bug got sick Friday after his first pediatrician's appointment. He had a temperature of 102.1 and we had to take him to the emergency room at midnight that night. It was one of the scariest things I've ever experienced. He broke out in a rash right when we got there and they immediately began x-rays and tests.

We spent the next two and a half days in the hospital where poor Zachary was put through so much. There were 16 failed attempts (stabs) to get an IV in him. It literally became a contest to see what nurse could finally do it and a social worker even got involved. Then there were three failed lumbar punctures. That's 9 needles into his spine for no reason. He's one tough little man though. One doctor asked if we were sure he wasn't from the planet Krypton.

Needless to say the last few days have been very difficult. No one should have to go through that with a 2 week old. Thankfully (and I truly mean that) we are home now with a healthy boy and that is all that matters.

We were in the hospital on Sunday for my birthday and his daddy's first Father's Day. Here is a little camera phone portrait of me and my baby boy on my (not-so-happy) 26th birthday:

He's the best present in the whole world!!

Now I'd love to try to find a way to not be at Kaiser every other day. Fingers crossed for smoother sailing from here on out.


Erin Dawn said...

Oh wow, that is insanely stressful! I hope he's doing ok. What a trooper! <3 And adorable too :D

Lady said...

One tough little man.
One tough incredible new Mommy.
One really supportive, sweet-but-tough-when-he-needed-to-be (with Kaiser personnel) new Daddy.
It will be a weekend / birthday / Father's Day to remember, if not fondly.

Ysabel said...

I'm glad to hear that your family is finally home. I hope your baby is doing better!
Belated Happy Birthday/Fathers' Day :)

Sara said...

Poor things(all of you)! That is such a scary situation but I'm glad everything turned out okay for you all. Happy Belated Birthday!

Deana said...

I'm so so sorry you all went through this. It is the hardest thing in the world. My little guy went through something very similar and the good news is that he has no idea. So even though it will be something you remember forever, it won't be anything he does. He just showed you what a tough guy he is. Big hugs!

Rachael said...

Ooooh nooo! That's the worst thing ever! It broke my heart to hear about such a tiny thing getting LUMBAR punctures!
I'm so glad that he's doing alright now and here's to less bumps!

The Keeper of the Keys said...

Awww...Happy 26th!!
Glad Zachary is ok!
I have a needle phobia, they have to keep poking me with them till they find an artery or whatever it is they look for... horrible stuff

triciamolina said...

which kaiser were you at? if it was santa clara, two of my best girl friends (and bridesmaids) work there...L&D and NICU.

hoping the little man is feeling better! *HUGS*

Holly said...

:( I'm sorry to hear that he (and you guys) had such a terrible weekend, but glad that he is ok!! Happy belated birthday, and happy first Father's day to Daddy.

Flower Haired Girl said...

I've been thinking about you guys - and noticed another lack of posting - hope everything is okay! Sending thoughts and prayers your way.

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