I had left my phone in another room as I was trying to sing Alice to sleep, two times I missed calls from Tyler. I later called Tyler back, couldn't reach him. I called to ICS where I assumed Natalie was. They told me she was not there, they didn't know where she was. At this point I was confused. Tyler knows not to go to the ER...what could have happened? They left two hours ago. I felt a little strange and nervous.
My call was transferred to the operator who directed me to the room number where Natalie was. I told the operator that he must be mistaken because that room number seemed like a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit room. There is no way Natalie could be there.
She was, my heart sunk.
The doctors, Tyler and I were all playing phone tag trying to reach each other. Finally I connected with the doctor. I wanted answers. She explained what was happening, it was so difficult to keep from crying during our conversation. The doctor kept asking me if I was alright.
As Tyler was driving to the hospital, Natalie wanted to hold his hand from the back seat. They held hands as they drove the 35 mile ride. Almost eight blocks from the hospital her hand slipped from his grip and he heard some strange gurgling from Natalie. He looked back and discovered she was seizing.
He yelled to her and asked if she could hear him...she said yes. He pressed on the gas, worked his way around traffic, ran a red light...all he could think about was the last few blocks of road to get her to the Emergency Department.
He parked, carried her...running for the doors...yelling for help. Many people gathered around and placed IV's and administered anti seizure medication. She was taken straight to the PICU.
We don't know entirely what is happening, we do know that she has pneumonia...most likely has gone septic. There is a possibility there may be infection in her brain. She does have a positive fungal infection as well. Fungal infections can be very challenging because they create a barrier around the infection which makes it hard to clear.
Natalie had been improving so well from her pneumonia two weeks ago, we did not see this coming. It is likely a combination of the same pneumonia returning plus more. We now know that the delirium she was experiencing two weekends ago was not in fact her low oxygen levels alone, however, most likely seizing as well.
Natalie had a CT scan recently of her lungs and brain. She also had a spinal tap. We will know more information regarding these test tomorrow.
The CT scan was a challenge, she was greatly agitated. Her ventilator came disconnected three times, she vomited and may have aspirated some. It was a big process.
Natalie reached out for Tyler's hand to comfort here. We continued to tell her that she would be okay and that Mom and Dad will stay by your side. She is not completely sedated (fentanyl drip), so she is able to communicate. I asked her if she wanted Jerome by her side, she nodded anxiously.
We love you Natalie...Be Strong!
Dad and Mom are both staying the night with you. We want to make sure everything is good before either one of us leave for any reason.
|Jerome and Natalie|