Luckily my friends had taken charge of all of the birthday festivities. Someone made her a birthday sign that a few neighbors came and helped me hang. We had several visitors all day with cute outfits and books and balloons and cupcakes, a cute birthday hat the list goes on and on. Truly we didn't need to do a thing.
Toward the evening I went and grabbed us some food. When I got home we realized that they had forgot half of our order! I drove all the way back and picked up the rest of our order.
Later that night I was checking on little Tate's and I noticed that her tube site was leaking and that her tummy felt a little bloated. I wasn't sure what to do. I knew that her GI doctor was on call and so I decided to call him and see what he thought. Talking to him, he didn't seem alarmed and so I told him that I would probably watch her through the night and see if there were any changes by morning. Then I called my nursing lifeline (my good friend in provo that is a pediatric nurse). She wasn't sure about going up to Primary children's was necessary either. We just weren't sure what they would do at this point.
Tatum slept from probably 9pm until 1:30ish. Then she was awake until about 5. It was a weird night, but not totally unusual for her. The morning was pretty normal. We had turned down her feedings through the night to see if it would help with the leaking and it seemed to help a little. Her feet and tummy still seemed swollen in the morning but not any worse. I got her up and ready for the day and then she went back to sleep.
While she slept I ran around like crazy to get some flowers planted that we bought the day before and painted two new planter pots for our front porch. It is always nice to be able to do a few normal things among our currently abnormal life.
When I went in around 1:00 I checked on her again and I just felt like things weren't getting better. Her tummy felt tights still and she still had a little bit of leakage. I called and left another message for our GI doctor.
One of my friends stopped by and brought me lunch. While she was there Tatum was awake and so we were talking to her and I took a few pictures of her while she was awake. Her energy level is decreasing day by day and so I know that I have to seize opportunities when she is awake.
I hurried and got showered because I had a feeling that we needed to go to the hospital. I called Lance and told him to try and come home a little early so we could head up. I packed Tatum's things like Jammie's and such, but nothing for myself. I didn't want to jinx myself. I was sure we would get there and they would have a simple solution and we could go home. Wrong!
Since we came to the ER things have gone from bad to worse. They finally got us up to a room in the PICU. Her labs are whacked and she is just really bloated. They are running tests and keeping her stable. Right now she is holding her own. We won't know any more until morning.
I think we will bring the kids up to see her tomorrow. We need to start really preparing them and ourselves for the possibility that lies ahead.
I do not want to, but I must. It is really hard to watch her be so sick. She is such a little fighter.
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