We’ve been in Seattle since Monday (I’m a few days behind in the way of posts) and Wednesday turned out to be the kind of day we least expected.
First of all, I’d like to thank Lecia and Alexi for their incredible hospitality. We are staying with them this week and they couldn’t be more gracious and helpful, especially today.
We had plans to wake up early and ride the ferry to Bainbridge Island and drive to the Dungeness Spit. We made it on to the ferry and Alexi, who happens to be a doctor, suggested we stop by the medical clinic in town as soon as we got off the ferry to get Mia’s swollen knee checked out. I had noticed that her knee had been warm to the touch, and the warmth, redness and swelling seemed to have spread even during the time we were on the ferry. After an exam, we were advised to head straight back to the ferry and check Mia into the ER at the Seattle Children’s Hospital.
I suppose there’s a moment in every parent’s lives when your child is hurt or sick and you have to take them to the ER or hospital. I guess we’ve been lucky so far. This was our first visit with either kid. Mia wasn’t happy that she got stuck at the hospital while the other kids played. She wasn’t happy that she wasn’t allowed to eat or drink the entire 6 hrs we were there. She wasn’t happy with the needles and IV. She got to watch lots of TV though as we waited around to get blood drawn, lab tests and her knee x-rayed. There was a period where I was starting to really worry. There were all kinds of talks about septic arthritis, infection in the joints and possibly down in her bone, admittance to the hospital for a few days, and possibly missing our plane ride home next Tuesday if prolonged anti-biotic treatment through an IV was required.
In the end, the doctors consulted and decided that she had enough white blood cells to send her home and fight it with an oral antibiotic and a close watch on the knee. We have to go back on Monday for a followup to make sure the antibiotics are doing their job.
On the other side of town, Mark was dealing with a sudden flat tire that was discovered in the morning and a dead car battery that was discovered later that day as he was trying to make his way up to the hospital. It was real nutty.
When they gave Mia the green light to eat, she chose to have apples, gold fish, and a half size can of lemon lime soda. She was pretty happy to see Claudine when she got discharged. We drove to Mark’s sisters place for dinner and came back to Lecia’s with just 1 kid. Claudine wanted to have a sleepover with her aunt, but Mia wanted to stay with us because she was worried about her knee. As we left Claudine there and drove away, I realized that we had never been away from her before. The girls have never slept apart. Mia said she was going to miss her. Another first in a day of firsts.