Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for April, 2013

It’s been a little over a month since Eliza got out of the hospital and I feel like a lot has happened in that time. It’s funny how the time that we were in the hospital seems like a blur now but then random memories come back to me now and then at certain times. For example, a song came on the radio two weeks ago that totally took me back to the drive to the emergency room. It was Anna Nalik’s song Breathe (some of you may know it better as the song heard on one of the first seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. Here’s a link to hear the song I am talking about http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP5mFTq6vv0).

Anyway, I can’t believe I forgot this but I kid you not, as we were driving our wheezing baby to the hospital that song came on the radio. Andy and I found it both humorous and ironic and we couldn’t help but laugh, despite the gravity of the situation. I remember thinking that this was something that I should post on Facebook (imagine that!) but I was driving so I couldn’t and then I just forgot about it.

Another thing that I recently remembered just the other day was the moment that the on-call pediatrician told me that she was thinking about moving Eliza to Oakland Children’s Hospital. I remember asking her why and I know that it was really upsetting when she told me that Eliza might get tired of trying to breathe and she wanted us to be at a hospital with a good ICU in case it was needed. I don’t remember everything I said after she told me that but I do remember saying “Oh my god are you serious?” and crying and rocking back and forth while holding Eliza. I also remember thinking “that is not an option” and trying to keep all sorts of horrible scenarios from running through my head.

In the midst of my crying and being upset, the stupid bitch doctor had the nerve to react to me with an attitude “Well, you asked.” SERIOUSLY? What kind of bedside manner is that? I could not believe that she said that to me. She had just told me that my baby might stop breathing. How in the HELL did she expect me to react? Of course I asked. I wanted to know was going on. And it was perfectly normal for me to react the way that I did. It’s not something that I dwell on but if I think about it, it really makes me angry.

I don’t remember exactly what I said to her but I do remember that I snapped back at her for making that comment. The respiratory therapist happened to be in there when I heard the news and I remember him being so compassionate and helping me feel better and trying to comfort me when I started to get agitated with the doctor. Andy wasn’t there at the time because he was going to try to go into work (that’s another story, and he came back soon after we heard the news) so it was nice to have someone there who wasn’t being rude to me.

But then there were positive things that happened. We had family and friends and my co-workers stop by to visit and that was nice because it broke up the day. Some friends brought us breakfast, lunch and snacks and my company brought us dinner a couple of nights. It was really nice to have the support and we appreciated everyone’s thoughts and well wishes. We still haven’t written thank you notes and I hope we will get to them sometime soon! I’m just glad it’s over and I hope we’ll never have to experience that again.

Read Full Post »

We held Eliza’s first birthday party on her actual birthday, March 24, since it was on a Sunday. We invited some friends and family and the best thing we did for the party was to have it catered! It was so nice not have to scramble to get food ready and all we really had to do was clean the house and enjoy the day. Considering the fact that she had gotten out of the hospital just 5 days before her birthday, I’m really surprised we were able to pull this off at all!

It was a fun day hanging out with friends and family and Eliza had a good time. She sat on the floor and played most of the party. She did good with her cake too. We got her a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free chocolate cake and it was surprisingly delicious! Even people who could eat gluten wanted to have some.

One funny thing that happened was that when Andy went to go pick up the food (it was Mexican food), the refried beans that were in a container on the floor spilled and he had a ton of beans ALL OVER the car floor. This happened about 15 minutes before the party started so as soon as it was over he had to go get his car detailed. Poor Andy! At least they were able to get it all out.

Here’s a video of her eating her cake:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A85xUmMiOXI

And here are some pictures of the day:

Cake for the birthday girl: gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free

Cake for the birthday girl: gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free

Birthday decorations

Birthday decorations

cake for the guests

cake for the guests

 

Yum, this is good

Yum, this is good

Starting to eat her cake

Starting to eat her cake

Birthday girl riding her car

Birthday girl riding her car

 

Mommy, daddy, baby pic!

Mommy, daddy, baby pic!

 

 

Read Full Post »