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Jun 19, 2010

Abby Update - Parade of Poop

From Brent

And just like that it all turns around... Abby's been poopin' her brains out for several hours and now they are sending her home. X-rays of her intestines are clear.

Abby's immunity is WAY LOW and Michelle wants them to do a blood culture before she leaves. Why? Because if Abby spikes a predictable fever, Michelle will be right back in ER sitting around for 6 hours (and she's already exhausted as it is). But a new resident on the oncology floor doesn't see it that way. FYI Abby's temp was 100.8 when they made that decision (101 is the cut off for cultures).

We don't make waves with the docs because you want them on your side but new (or less experienced with oncology) doctors would do well to seriously consider the experience of parents who have been doing this process for months on end (especially R.N.'s like Michelle). Such is life...

So they are packing them up and sending them home some time tonight. I'll be up at 4am to leave on my trip, and we'll all be praying Abby doesn't get sick.

Sound good?

20 comments:

Meredith said...

First - yay for coming home!! praying Abby's immune system improves enough for her to go out and about!

Second - she's gonna kill you when she's old enough to look back at all this and realize you told the blog world she's having a parade of poop!

Ann Brown said...

Okay, so you got an immediate laugh out of me when I saw the heading! So glad the pipes are flowing better now! Abby will feel so much more comfortable. And I think Michelle's request was eminently reasonable. Unfortunately, I'm betting insurance issues, along with the resident's inexperience, played a role.

Safe travels for you, Brent, and some rest for Michelle!

Ann (and Elke)

TheSooner7 said...

Thank God for poop, Literally! Hope you all get some much needed rest and down time! Praying for you!

Mama D.'s Dozen said...

Sounds good!

Now, you go off on your trip and know that your family is COVERED in prayers by all who love you guys.

Laurel

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Praying, praying and more prayers will be lifted for your family as you leave for your trip!

PRAISING GOD as I go off to bed that Abby has been "going!" NICE!

Love and blessings,
Jill

Jules said...

That's good news. Abby is always in my prayers...

Becky said...

Oh guys, what a roller coaster. We've been praying and will continue to do so as always. We love you, Abby!

Kris said...

You have to leave on Father's Day? That's poopy, particularly since Abby gets to come home from the hospital. Praying that Abby does not spike that fever, her immunity increases, Michelle gets some rest, and you get what you need taken care of done on your trip.

Kimberlie said...

Praying for Abby! We were at Children's yesterday and today with our daughter (she had a cleft revision). I know we had talked about getting together while we were there but with everything going on with Abby this past week, I couldn't bear to distract you for a moment. We had a great experience. It was our first visit there and I was impressed (having done the hospital thing with my two boys at two other children's hospitals).

I will continue to keep Abby in my prayers and pray that there will be a good (and non-surgical) resolution to her intracranial pressure and that rookie oncologists will listen to veteran moms.

Safe travels!

Holly said...

Praise the Lord for the good news part! We will pray for the scary part...

Anonymous said...

Glad to get the poopage report. Praying that Abby stays well while you are gone.

Dene
TN

Debi said...

Glad to hear things are working again for Amazing Abby. Now praying for safety and great success for Brent and rest and wisdom and peace for Michelle and for strength and divine immunity for Abby. Also praying for the humility needed for the residents to listen to wise and experienced parents.
Love and hugs and prayers,
Debi

The Gotch 5 said...

Never thought that I would be checking in to see if someone elses child is pooping but I was thrilled to read the title!!! Way to go Abby!!:o) Safe travels.

Kelli said...

Life is such a roller coaster! So happy to hear that Abby is doing better and going home...I have been praying like crazy and will continue to lift her up to the Father.

Have a safe trip, Mr. B!

Anonymous said...

Hooray for Abby.

I agree about doctors. We have a good cardiologist and ped who are very good at listening to us. It was a newbie intern who told us our son would not be here by the age of 1. (he is 5 and a HALF, now). the cardio and ped are nearing retirement. Experience is not something you can teach, I'm afraid.

Jan

Susan Sene said...

Glad she is able to come home. Sending prayers your way!

James 1:27 Family said...

I know your frustrations with medical professionals who are not willing to listen to parents. It seems that the older more seasoned doctors and nurses will listen and the young ones won't. Funny how that works. Sorry they didn't listen to you. It just stinks.

So happy that Abby is feeling better.

Hope your trip goes well.

In Jesus,
Amy

Nora S. said...

Glad to hear things got moving for Abby. I know drs. can be so frustrating especially when you know you know what's for the best.

Continuing to keep you in prayer.

Wendi Taylor said...

Ugh. I can understand not wanting to make waves but that is insanity. :-(

Anonymous said...

Have you tried taking her off of gluten (and temporarily dairy)? This is harder to do properly than you might think (it's in odd glue items like envelopes, tape, glue) but there is NO HARM that could result and only POTENTIAL BENEFIT. Most western doctors have no training (and only inaccurate testing) for this issue which takes an average of 9 years to diagnose. If she is from Guatemala, as my children are, there bodies are not made to handle wheat as their traditional diet is based on beans, corn, rice etc. There is no pill/prescription for this so there is no money pumped into its research but people are realizing this is a cause of many immune-related issues and more and more restaurants, etc. are catering to gluten intolerance (which to some degree affects up to 40 percent of the population -- first sign is often dairy intolerance). Eczema, irritability, tiredness, tooth decay and arthritis can be symptoms.