Indy Bound, One Down, Part 1

Sitting here in a pediatric hospital room with my middle child, Bug. It’s no fun, especially when I’m unable to sleep. It’s definitely because there is a nurse coming in once an hour to check her vitals, or make sure Bug’s getting the meds she needs. I can’t believe that just 12 hours ago, I was in Indianapolis with Jface on a field trip, only to turn around right out the door to take Bug to the emergency room for high fever & malaise.

I feel horrible because I let her go to school & baton yesterday when I knew she didn’t feel well, all in the name of a stupid trophy at the end of the year for perfect attendance in baton. She wants it soooo badly. Today she stayed home, sick all day, resting in my bed watching TV. My husband, Sarge, was able to work from home, thankfully, to make sure Bug was getting fluids and children’s fever reducer. But even with acetaminophen and ibuprofen, the fever was not going down, hence the trip to the ER.

Sarge stayed home with Jface and Owl, I kept him updated as often as I could. The ER doctor admitted Bug overnight. After 4 hours of waiting in the ER. I was starving because I hadn’t eaten since lunch, and it was a sack lunch because of the field trip. Plus, I always seem to get hungry when I walk through the emergency room doors. What’s that about anyways??

On the plus side of Bug being admitted was the ability to order food from her room. The downside of that, obviously, was she is in a room. It’s never somewhere a parent wants their child to be, a hospital room, as the patient. But here we are.

I guess we’re staying a while…

Just about 30 minutes after she was admitted and settled into her room, and given a new blanket lovingly made by volunteers, a nurse came in saying Bug had a pretty severe kidney infection & she might need to be taken to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indy. In the back of my head I thought, Dear goodness, please no. I don’t want to be there & I don’t want to make another trip to Indy in less than 24 hours’ time.

Indy isn’t terrible. I actually like it a lot.  The children’s museum enjoyable to visit with Jface and his classmates. The statehouse was really neat to tour, too. But I love Indy because of the culture down there. Much more diverse than our smaller city. I also love the many food and shopping options. (Yes, I’m human. And I happen to be female, hence why the shopping is a highlight.) Our beloved Indianapolis Colts most definitely needs mentioned, too. Ok, we also have the Indiana Pacers there, too. But, I digress…

Like I said, it’s not that I don’t like Indy. I just don’t want to be there for medical reasons, especially since it’s my own child. We shall see what tomorrow morning bring, I guess. A Venti Skinny Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks would be a nice bonus.

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