Ava’s 2nd visit to the ER

Our ER visit last night went remarkably well. (We found blood in her urine last night and, after talking to the doctor on-call, we decided to take her in to be evaluated.)

First of all, we went to a different hospital (in a neighboring city about 20 min. away) instead of the one we went to last time (which is less than 5 min. away), after the doctor on-call that I spoke with last night said if it were her child, she’d make the drive and go there. She said they have a lot of experience treating children. So after knowing that Ava was in for a catheter, I wanted the experience to be a positive as possible and decided it was well worth it to go someplace where they were good with kids.

It was a slow night there so we were able to get right in. Yay! The whole ER experience from start to finish lasted about two hours. Not bad at all. We were home by midnight. Ava didn’t want to go to bed til 1:30, so I’m still pooped, but at least we didn’t have to spend the night in the ER.

The nurses and doctor were SOOOO GOOD. I was really impressed. They were very engaging with Ava and totally took their time to make sure she was comfy with them. The private room they put us in even had toys – some of which Jody and I were enjoying more than Ava. ;) Her catheterization went really well too. She only cried because they were holding her down, but it didn’t seem like it hurt her to insert the cath and it was done within a matter of seconds. I was sooo relieved about that.

The results from her urine test were inconclusive – the dipstick showed blood and white blood cells, the lab couldn’t see either cells (they said that might be because she was so well hydrated – thanks to nursing). So they are doing a culture and in the meantime prescribed antibiotics (which makes sense cuz there definitely was blood in her urine). We get the results from the culture in 48 hrs., and will determine then if we should continue w/ the antibiotics. Then they want us to see our regular doctor on Tuesday to follow up and make sure that she’s getting better and there isn’t a larger issue.

So all-in-all, it was a very positive experience. What a relief.

Thanks for keeping Ava in your thoughts. :)