Thursday, February 28, 2013

What a Day!

This morning, just after I woke up, Keeghan came into my room and complained that his ear hurt. He felt a little warm and was obviously in pain, so I made plans to get him to our pediatrician after I dropped Kameron and Kennedy off at school.

Kennedy was sleeping in, as usual, so when it got to the last minute, I went to wake her up so she would still have time for breakfast. She opened her eyes and looked at me, scrunched up her face and said, "My tummy hurts." That's not completely unusual because of her GI issues, so I told her to try to go to the bathroom and maybe she would feel better. After she did that, she laid on the floor... and didn't get up. I laid her clothes out for her and told her to get going, we had to move so we could get out of the house on time... she didn't move. I looked at the clock and got a little flustered. "Come ON, Kenn! We have to get going now." She scrunched up her face again so I put her clothes on her and then called our pediatrician's office which had just opened to make Keeghan's appointment.

Kennedy ate a quick breakfast, I pulled her hair into a pony tail and we got into the car... Keeghan was wailing by this time because his ear was bothering him. We got to the school and Kameron hopped out. I turned around to tell Kennedy to get out too and she had completely folded in half in her carseat and was white as a sheet. "Are you ok, Kennedy?" I asked. She shook her head no but didn't sit up. OK then. SO I wished Kameron a good day and drove away with Kennedy still in the car.

I called our ped on the way to his office and asked if I could add Kennedy to Keeghan's appointment. They couldn't see her until an hour after Keeghan's appointment, they said. Nevertheless, I raced to the office as Keeghan cried LOUDLY and Kennedy laid silently.

By the time we got there, I carried Kennedy into the office and asked if they could just take her blood sugar while we were waiting. They looked at her and bumped her appointment up and got us right back. Her blood sugar was low... in the low 60's. The nurse went to get her ped and some apple juice. Kennedy laid on the table in the office... she was awake, but barely coherent.

We got the apple juice down her and checked her blood sugar again... she was in the mid 50's. Her ped decided she better go to the hospital and get some fluids. While he was making phone calls and getting it arranged, they checked her again and she was in the 30's. That made him call an ambulance and all chaos broke out.

I called Frank to meet me at the hospital, the nurses were awesome and offered to drive Keeghan over, thinking he wouldn't be allowed in the ambulance. Once the paramedics got there, they said Keeghan could just go with us. They got an IV into Kennedy (who didn't even fight it or flinch or really even seem to notice) and they loaded her into the ambulance.

In the middle of everything going on, our ped managed to check Keeghan out and determine he does have an ear infection. They put in some numbing drops and gave me a script for antibiotics before we jumped into the ambulance. He was absolutely thrilled to walk out and see the ambulance and a huge firetruck in the parking lot and he talked the paramedics ears off the whole way to the hospital. I think they got a kick out of him. ;)

By the time we got to the hospital, Kennedy was starting to perk up. The paramedics checked her sugar on the way and she was up to 111. Then she dropped back to the 80s at the hospital. They gave her more apple juice and some crackers and checked one more time before they hooked her up to IV sugar... then she was 263! With her having hypoglycemia, she goes low... but she's never gone high before... They drew some labs and also found that she has a lot of key tones in her blood.

Perking up and feeling better

Taking the bear's blood. All is fair in hospitals and blood draws

They finally got her sugar back down to 126 and we were able to go home. I have to check her the rest of the day and if she goes high or low again we have to go back to the ER. We follow up tomorrow with her Ped, and I'm guessing we'll go to endo as they now need to rule out diabetes. We were told many years ago when she was diagnosed with hypoglycemia that it could turn into diabetes at some point... I'm praying hard this is not that point.

She really scared everyone this morning... now she's listening to music on her iPad and asking to go to school like nothing ever happened! SO we're praying for a fluke. A crazy, Kennedy fluke. I'll update again when we know more... Thanks to everyone on FB who prayed for her this morning!


Rachel said...

Long time lurker here. What a day! Glad both a bit better now. Poor Kennedy, I know low sugars feel awful, and also poor you as I'm told they're often more scary for the witnesses. As a diabetic though just wanted to offer you some possible reassurance - it would be really unusual for an unmedicated, undiagnosed diabetic to have the low sugar. Much more likely the 263 was a delayed rebound from the sugar she was given. Likewise low sugars in the morning can cause ketones due to fasting overnight, so could explain that. However I agree that's some wacky numbers, super odd to have the falls despite the sugar, so definitely an endo checking sounds the way forwards. Sounds like it might be something a bit more than krypton hypoglycaemia going on. Praying for protection and answers.

LaForestGump said...

She's so pale! That poor girl. I know how scary that can be. I really hope it's a fluke too. It's a lot of work to take care of diabetes. Fingers crossed!

Notsopc said...

Geez... Glad all ended well.. and Keeghan had to be so excited to take a ride like that.. Prayers for Kennedy that it was just a fluke..

Anne B. said...

Saying prayers for all of you tonight! Double whammy for you today....hope you get a good night's sleep and start refreshed tomorrow. (((HEALING HUGS)))!!!

Cyndi J said...

Prayers for Kennedy
and u also Renee.
I have been diabetic for 25 years now.

rjenks said...

When my now 16 year old was 5, we found out she had type one diabetes. She has passed out twice at school due to lows, and has had to be admitted to the hospital (other than when they diagnosed her (her blood sugar was at 605 when we discovered she had diabetes at age 5). The lowest she has been is 21. Talk about scary!! Sending prayers your way for everyone to get better soon!!

Lynn said...

So thankful that she's okay now! Don't you EVER do that again, Kennedy! You had EVERYONE scared!
Know that you're in my thoughts and prayers!
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Becca said...

I'm catching up on your blog right now...backwards, crying (at work) over your RAD post and your Dylan's birthday post, and so happy to hear that Kennedy's feeling better! I've been a bad, bad blog reader lately. Eh, gives me something to do when I have some free time! :-)