Things started off well last week. We had a great time at Alexa's Spring Concert. She looked beautiful and all the kids were the cutest sight and sound to behold. We were so proud and happy for this moment we got to share and we all went out for pizza afterwards to celebrate!
The next day things took an unexpected turn. I was trying to get my ‘head in the game’ sort of speak for surgery, preparing myself mentally and emotionally to stay strong and positive for the surgery and for my family. The day started off well going to Alexa's school for an art walk to enjoy some of the children's creations. When we returned home around lunch time, Lexi and Luke were happily playing when suddenly Luke my 3 year old had this super scary episode. He became pale, started grabbing his head saying it hurt really bad, looked suddenly weak, like he was going to pass out and said he couldn’t breathe. Now I am a not a new kid on the block when it comes to kids illnesses, being a mommy of 4 I’ve seen many things come and go, yet I’d never seen this. I felt weak at my knees and rushed him to the children’s ER as he threw up several times. I tried talking to him on the way there to keep him alert. When we finally arrived as I opened the door and tried to get him out, he told me “mommy don’t carry me” and I asked “why not?’ he said “I don’t want to get you dirty”. It broke my heart that he was even thinking that and he was being so thoughtful in this situation. But I said “please don’t worry about that, I love you and I don’t care to get dirty”. Long story he puked tons, first food, then phlegm, then something that looked like green Kool-Aid (maybe bile) and finally nothing although he was still nauseous. Docs x-rayed his tummy and noticed his liver was “a little full” so then they ordered an ultrasound which revealed his liver was enlarged. As I was sitting there I became so broken, worrying about what this meant and how I would deal with him being sick and Alexa’s upcoming surgery. As I sat around waiting for results, getting him hydrated and watching Toy Story, I smiled at him through my tears and prayed. Having to hold him down for IV placement and being wheel chaired from here to there for tests I was quickly thrust into the realities of the hospital world. In the midst of all this, I was also worried about my car which I had hurriedly parked in the fire lane as we arrived many hours ago and to top things off I had lost my keys. I was sure by this point my car was either ticketed, towed or stolen. Thankfully my sweet brother stopped on his way out of work and was able to find my keys and car. The ER Physician came back to tell me not to worry too much as his labs looked good but they still referred us to see hepatologist soon, before Alexa’s surgery, to find out more of what is going on.