I t was only a few months ago that Hubs and I got our first experience with taking Dumpling to the ER. We had such a good time, we decided to go back!!! Dumpling's been under the weather since Wednesday, staying home sick on Thursday and Friday. Seemed like just a fever and a nice green runny nose. No complaining, just lack of energy.
Then, at 2 am, she called for Daddy: "Daddy, I all di(r)ty" Dirty? She still wears a diaper, so I wasn't too sure what that could mean, until Hubs called from the other room:"Hon, better come, there is sort of blood... coming out of her... nose I think...." OK, so I'm half asleep, but I'm pretty sure he just said there was blood coming our of her nose.... I'm thinking the skin around her nose was pretty raw last night and maybe she's just cut a little cut or something, until i got there...
Did you know that the combination of a nose bleed and a sneezing kid can cause projectile blood... like, all over the bed, the wall, the pillows and assorted dolls that reside on the bed.... It was like CSI Toddler's Room in there. hubs was dabbing at her nose, but it was positively gushing, spurting even. I managed to get it stopped with pressure (which she hated) and we put her back to bed a bit later with a piece of tissue stuck up her nose and the promise of lots of fun in the morning.
Repeat an hour later: "Daddy, I all di(r)ty again!" more gushing, more pressure, this time, she refused to go back to bed on her own, so in our bed she came, only to toss and turn for an hour and thankfully returned to her own blood-soaked bed for about 45 minutes (I did not change the sheets in the middle of the night: mental note, daybeds with 3 sides are a PAIN to change!) and then be up for goo in the wee hours of the morning with yet another nose bleed. This time, I couldn't get enough pressure to stop it, so we put on our shoes and socks and headed to the ER.
Luckily, the wait was very short and we were promptly seen, only to be told that there is nothing really wrong with her nose, she just burst a little vessel from all the blowing and sneezing, BUT she does have a wicked ear infection and the doctor was quite surprised that she hadn't been complaining at all. After Apples and her secret appendix burst, a secret ear infection is nothing!
So she is napping, hubs is down for the count, sneezing and coughing, and I'm just starting to feel like myself again, but wasn't this fun and exciting?!?! At least we didn't agonize over the impending referral all weekend!