January 22, 2012

Tummy Trouble

Whooboy!  We're glad that we're heading over to the other side of Hannah's gastroenteritis drama!  

Friday afternoon Hannah had her first session of the Singing Hands (the signing/singing choir with SPARC--see post below).  She. LOVED. It.    She was totally enthralled--lots of friendly, diverse people, getting-to-know-you games, learning new music and signs.  It seemed to be like a high-energy summer camp session.  There weren't just 4 teachers--there were about 10 adults there--some musicians, some theater people, and some ASL interpreters.  Parents were invited into the theater to see what the class did, and it was fun to see all the students (ages 10-18) show off their stuff!  Hannah volunteered to sing the song they had learned, solo, while another student signed it (it was like an echo-song).   Hannah was BEAMING.  She definitely loves the stage.

She couldn't wait until Saturday's dance class.  Alas, 3:00 in the morning found her listless amidst a messy carpet.  Stomach Flu.

A big stomach flu.  I will spare the details other than James did about 10 loads of laundry in 11 hours while Hannah and I lived in the bathroom, dozing on towels.  By the middle of Saturday things had slowed down.  She still couldn't keep a sip of water down, but the interval between episodes was getting longer. An hour later I tried a dropperful of water--she was SO THIRSTY.  But when that triggered her, we decided to head to the ER for some fluids.

The hospital was terrific--they had her hooked up to the IV within a short time.   Once she had some Zofran for nausea and two boluses of fluid she was almost perky.  Or, at least, awake.  We were out within 3 hours--a new record for us!

She's been holding down liquids, but hasn't asked for food yet.  I expect she'll be asking soon enough--she's been well enough to play on the computer and is drawing while watching some TV, so she's definitely on the mend.

She did tell me that when she was at Singing Hands that everyone shared something about themselves.  She told the group that she went to Disney World and got the stomach flu on the first day there and had to go to the hospital (for 3 days...).  Guess that will teach her to brag about the stomach flu!

Stay healthy folks!  There are some mean viruses out and about!


Sabrina Steyling said...

Winter is a lousy time for illnesses. Sorry to hear this. Feel better soon, Hannah!

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Beverly said...

Happy she is feeling better!

Natalie said...

Ugh! Finn had something like this the week before Christmas. Ewwww is all I can say. So glad she is better! Love the nails :)

Jess said...

My daughter threw up at school a few days ago - but it wasn't the flu! She got up in the middle of the night and ate half the bottle of vitamins. Oh well, hopefully she learned from the consequence!

I'm new to your blog and I find it very encouraging. Thanks for sharing your stories with us!