Yesterday started out really well. Cordelia got to wear pajamas to preschool (a genuis way to avoid dealing with dozens of costumes). She chose her pink skeleton pajamas and requested a pink hair extension. I obliged the girl. She put on her motorcycle boots and jean jacket on. Too cool. She was sooo excited for the day ahead. Later we planned to get together with her BFF Sadie for a little festive fun.
When I picked her up from preschool I was informed that she had quite suddenly been stricken with a tummy ache. I saw my sweet little lady sitting in her teacher's lap. She looked miserable, but I hoped that all of the attention was just escalating the situation. We left, but she really wasn't her normal self. She pointed to the lower right side when asked where it hurt. I became a bit concerned about the possibility of appendicitis, but hoped that it was just painful gas. I was pretty sure that was the case. I did talk to the doctor and they said to take her to the ER if things escalated.
The thing about a sick kid at that age it that it is so difficult to tell just how serious the situation is. One minute she'd be fine and then the next she was doubled over in pain. Late afternoon my mother, the nurse, stopped by to check on things. We hung out for an hour as Cordelia seemed perfectly fine, the situation really seemed to be past. A few minutes before my mother left Cordelia doubled over in pain and puked. Obviously it wasn't gas. So, we had to head to the ER to rule out the possibility of appendicitis (I had appendicitis as a kid and it was nasty). My mother changed into some barf free clothing and we headed to the hospital where we met Eric who had just gotten off of work.
Please excuse the quality of the cell phone pics. Eric and Cordelia in the ER
The ER doc shared our concerns and decided to rule out a few different possibilities. We were there for 3 hours before we got to go home. Cordelia was given a small battery of tests and she was so charming and sweet. The staff doted on her. She was given a stuffed bear (she promptly named it Teddy Ben), stickers, a puppet--she loves the hospital. Ultimately the doctor was able to rule out appendicitis and a bladder infection (she was hospitalized for that last year). There were still a couple of possible causes for her pain from a simple virus to something that would require surgical intervention. We were sent home with instructions to keep a close eye on her and to return if things worsened.
My mother hung out with us the entire time. She is awesome.
We passed Elise around, keeping her entertained as well
Thankfully we made it through the night with no further incident and she is definitely looking much better this morning. Hopefully she is simply on the mend now. I am so thankful
Since she had to miss Halloween we have decided to have Halloween II in a couple of days when we are sure she is back in action. She may be even more excited for Halloween II than she was for Halloween I.