Saturday, March 15, 2008

A picture is worth 1.000 words OR...

$2,000, if it's taken in the emergency room! Here is Jack during his latest trip to the ER.

I took him in last week because his breathing seemed rapid and shallow. So at 2:00 a.m. off we went to Overlake. The new ER is beautiful, and the rooms are much larger. We were seen right away by a triage nurse, who asked if he had a fever. He did feel warm, but his medication makes him flushed, so I didn't think anything of it. Oops!! He did have a fever, which I guess caused the rapid, shallow breathing. The nurse said she heard "something" while listening to his lungs, but gave us a minute to look at the fish before heading off to our room where we sat...and sat...and sat. A whole 2 hours before someone even came to check on us! Tylenol, a breathing treatment, a check for RSV and the flu, and some chest X-rays (with a very friendly technician - I guess it gets lonely in the ER at 4:00 am) and the diagnosis was a virus.
Then today we received the bill - no wonder they were able to build a new facility!!
Every cloud has it's silver lining, however, and once Jack's fever had come down and he fell asleep, I was able to watch a few Saved by the Bell episodes while waiting for the discharge papers, AND there was no line at the drive thru Starbucks at 6:00 am on my way home.
We picked my mom up a few hours later and she stayed home with Jack while he recovered and I was able to get out and do errands.
A week later, he is FINALLY better, and I finally convinced my pediatrician to put him on some asthma medicine (he gets more and more like me everyday). Now I must clean the mud off the walls from all their playing outside today.

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