My little slugger (6) had to spend the night in the hospital with his asthma acting up early Monday. We stayed in the ER for almost seven hours before they admitted him and sent him up to a pediatric room. In, addition to the long ER visit they kept him for 24 hour observation with an IV, steroids and breathing treatments. I am so tired who ever gets any rest when you have to stay overnight in a hospital. The patient does I guess, but not too often does the parent. No matter how comfortable they try to make your visit.
He ended up coming down with a virus that rapidly triggered his asthma and the breathing treatments I gave him at home just didn’t cut it for him, plus the virus made him run a high fever. At first they thought he had contracted the flu but it turned out that he didn’t, so it was lots of confusion. The peds dr. came down to see him in the ER before he was admitted and told me they initially thought he had the flu but turns out that he didn’t but it was indeed a virus just not the flu.
I stepped out the room after hubby made it up there so I could go eat and sit with the boy’s in the wait room for a little while. Hubby called my cell phone to tell me they were ready to take him up so we all headed to the ER to escort him up to the room before hubby and the boys went home to get ready for school the next morning. I noticed they had put a nose mask over my son and the transporter was wearing one as well, but no one mentioned why? We make it upstairs and the nurse was fully gowned, masked and gloved up still no one managed to offer at least a mask to my other boys so I’m finding all this to be weird. Now, after the nurse got his weight and we enter into the room she tells me my son will be in isolation and can’t leave the room and that they all will be wearing protective gear so that they don’t come in contact with and catch the influenza (flu). Geez, thanks for mentioning that it would probably be best if my other boys at least put on a mask or left the room to protect themselves as well, nobody wants the flu.
I tell the nurse that I thought he didn’t have the flu and she goes he does he has influenza flu A. I tell her the Dr. came down and told me it was confusion less than 15 minute’s ago so I ask her so are you sure? Meanwhile I told my hubby to head on home as it was getting late and that I’d call to update him. By now I’m getting teed off with all the confusion and instead of the nurse saying well let me double check and make sure, no she just arrogantly carried on that he has flu, so I’m thinking well maybe it’s the Dr that’s confused. It’s great to know that they taking precautions and all but this miss-information was killin me. A short while later the same Dr. comes in to check on my son. He confirms to me that my son doesn’t have the flu and that someone read the test wrong and something about the control test results showed positive but not to worry it’s not flu and that he would make sure everyone is clear. He mentioned how my son didn’t even have any flu symptoms and that he would have been surprised if he did have flu because he hasn’t had any flu cases this year.
Anyways he is doing better now and will be staying home from school for the week, of course.