Emergency Room Visit

Wow! Things have been insane around here! 80+ hours per week at work, traveling to and from for the holidays, Ace being sick, Momma being sick, me being sick, and Ace’s Emergency Room visit…that’s right Ace’s Emergency Room visit!!!

Emergency RoomOK, calm down. Everything is fine, but I just had to write about another one of his firsts…

Ace was suffering from diarrhea and vomiting off and on for about 3 days. After the fourth day, Ace’s doctor asked us to take him to the ER. Holy crap! A visit to the Emergency Room must mean that Ace’s current condition is an emergency!

Ace didn’t seem deathly ill to me. He seemed sick, but I guess that a baby/toddler can be dehydrated very easily and become really sick…really fast.

So into the truck and off to the hospital we go. We both stayed pretty calm, but there was a sense of urgency to get to the ER. After all, the doctor told us to go to the emergency room!

Putting the words emergency and Ace in the same sentence makes me feel a little dizzy. I’ve never heard a happy story about going to the ER. It is always for what is thought to be something bad…an emergency!

We were greeted by some very nice ladies at the Children’s Hospital. We went right back to the nurses station to see just how bad Ace was. After taking his temperature, blood pressure, etc, etc. We were asked to sit back down in the lobby.

I immediately felt a little better, knowing that his situation wasn’t urgent enough to require Ace to go directly back to get a room. At least they thought he would survive long enough to wait for the next available room. 😉

After waiting for only about 5 minutes we were escorted back to a room. A few minutes later a nice doctor came in and diagnosed Ace with a stomach virus. I forget the fancy dancy name, but basically he had a virus that caused diarrhea and vomiting. It would go away on it’s own in time.

A feeling of relief came over us as we were reassured that Ace was fine. We were to keep an eye on his fluid intake and make sure he was staying hydrated.

A week later Ace is doing fine. Back to his happy, joyful, playful self. 🙂


  1. jen says:

    Wow! “80+ hours per week at work”
    dont go over doing it

    Pleased youre all better again

    I had to take my youngest when he was 6 weeks to hospital I felt so bad
    be had silent reflux

    I kinda wonder whether they just take you to the emergency room as a first step I think thats what they do in New Zealand but its still scary

  2. Good to see you back.

    Being told to go to the ER would panic the whatsit out of me anyway.

  3. Tot's Mom says:

    Glad your little one is doing fine now. And don’t work too hard, okay?

  4. Honeybell says:

    This makes me feel so guilty. As I’m a nurse, and my husband is a respiratory therapist, we are so medically negligent of our kids. My 12 year old recently dropped a glass on his foot, the wound was gaping open and obviously needed stitches. Deciding that preventing a scar on his foot wasn’t worth the $100 to walk in the ER door . . . I super glued it shut. Should probably go ahead and start saving for the therapy now huh?

  5. Momo Fali says:

    I’m glad he’s better! We’ve been to Children’s ER more times than I can count (my son has a heart condition and anytime he got as much as a cold when he was little, they’d send us there…even got admitted A LOT back in those days). They have a great staff there.

  6. Stephen says:

    Yes, going to the ER is no fun, especially with the little ones! Glad he’s better now.

  7. Jared says:

    Jen: Better safe than sorry, right? 🙂

    Xbox: Glad to be back! Yup ERs SUCK!

    Tot’s Mom: Thanks! Okie dokie!

    Honeybell: If I knew much about “doctor” stuff and knew what you knew, I wouldn’t have taken Ace to the ER. My gut told me he was OK, but the doctor said to go…

    Momo: Thanks! I agree about Children’s, from what I saw. We were in and out of there with an accurate diagnosis. What else could you ask for? 🙂

    Stephen: Thanks Stephen!

  8. BusyDad says:

    Wow, glad to hear that Ace is doing fine now. Dehydration scares me 2nd most in kids (#1 is head injuries). And that first ER trip can be a scary one. Looks like it was a bigger deal for dad than for Ace, which is a good thing!

  9. Jared says:

    BusyDad: Yup. Ace kept his cool. Dad…well kinda…I just didn’t let it show. 😀

  10. Johnny says:

    I am glad to hear it was only a stomach virus.. We migth as well have our own private room at the E.R. with how often we are there…

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