The Littles and I took a turn for the better this morning and we needed to pick up a few groceries from the store. The Twins still weren’t 100%, but everyone was feeling well enough that I didn’t feel like I was a walking biohazard spreading germs gallore taking them out. Everyone ate and kept down breakfast, the Twins drank a glass of water before we all bundled up and headed out. I didn’t think too much of it honestly.
While we were out, we walked though the Christmas aisle. It’s been a tradition for the House of Hale to purchase a new ornaments for the tree every year. We don’t have our actual tree this year since it’s stashed away in storage, but we went a head and bought some anyway hanging them on our make shift tree.
Little chose the pink one (obviously lol) and I picked up the E’s for all the kids. Yes… Hubs and I share the same first initial K, and our kids have E names. Little and B2 often go by their nicknames, but all of their formal names are E’s. I’m weird about things like that lol.
I also found this AMAZING knit decorative pillow. It’s a sweater campfire!! If I love one thing more than names that begin with the same initials, it’s sweaters and all things knit. I kind of had to have it.
We finished getting our things from the store, and headed home. The kids were all tired, but not interested in lunch, Little included so I gave them all a big glass/sippy cups of pedialyte and put them down for naps. Pretty much business as usual until I went to check on the Twins. It about gave me a heart attack, and if he hadn’t shuffled around when I opened the door I would have thought B1 was in serious trouble. His feet were blue.
I scooped him up, and he just sort of flopped his head onto my shoulder, alert enough but not quite all there. Totally out of character for my B1, so I called our pediatrician who obviously suggested he be seen immediately. Well being about an hour away from the office, we didn’t really have the option to be seen by our pediatrician. I found a sitter for Little, shuffled her off and took both boys with me to the local ER.
There is a children’s hospital close enough to our apartment I could practically throw a rock and hit it, but it didn’t have emergency services nor did the urgent care/walk in service start until after 6pm. Makes sense when most people have local pediatricians with office hours before then. For me, who hasn’t had a need to find a local pediatrician until TODAY, it was pretty inconvenient. So off to the General ER we went.
B2 didn’t turn blue like B1 had, but on the off chance that what we were dealing with wasn’t a normal stomach virus I wanted both of them with me to receive immediate care. Little was mending much better than the Twins and could be seen later if absolutely necessary. Thankfully, one giant hospital bill later, it was just mild dehydration. We lounged around a hospital room while B1 drank measured amounts of juice for two hours and everything was good to go.
I thought I had been keeping up with his fluid intake pretty well, but being sick myself I guess we all got a little bit dried out. My kids and their weird symptoms. Is there anywhere online that says: “limbs may discolor” during infant dehydration?? NO. I looked waiting to hear back from my pediatrician. Kind of like vomiting blood isn’t really listed as a classic sign of pyloric stenosis, my kid turns blue when he’s slightly dehydrated instead of getting a dry mouth, or saggy skin. *sigh* He skips right over the classic symptoms and goes straight for OMG WTF SCARY symptoms lol.
He’s going to keep me on my toes that little B1. But hey, at least I’m feeling pretty much better now so as long as I can keep up with everyone’s fluids we shouldn’t have any more issues and get back to enjoying our holiday traditions.