|Naomi before her spinal tap last Tuesday|
|In the ER Wednesday, unable to straighten her back|
When I finally did get home with the anti-nausea med I felt a sigh of relief as she swallowed it with just a sip of water. Now, I thought, she'll be able to settle her stomach and then take some pain meds and we'll be comfortable again. Unfortunately, she only vomited up the anti-nausea medicine fifteen minutes later. As the hours of vomiting and pain passed it was very clear that Naomi had a spinal headache from the spinal fluid continuing to leak out the sight of the spinal tap, and only the hospital could really help her out. Naomi, who by now realized that lying down did help the headache, reluctantly agreed that she needed to go back to the hospital, "but, Mommy," she cried, "how will I get there?" When I offered to let her lay down in the van she objected further, "but how will I get into the ER?"
The neurosurgery office agreed to call ahead to the ER to try to expedite the check-in process. My mother-in-law came over after work and helped me load Naomi in my mini-van lying down, then she stayed with the others while I drove carefully to the hospital. I pulled the van up to the ER doors and informed the registration desk that unless someone brought a gurney out to my minivan Naomi would vomit all over their floor. A technician with a gurney promptly met me at my van and lifted Naomi onto the bed. She was wheeled back to a room where a doctor met us within minutes.
|Resting comfortably last night in her own room|
One of the medications that Naomi was given through IV was a bag of caffeine, which is apparently effective at lessening the pain of spinal headaches. It did lessen her pain, but it also effectively wired her until five in the morning! Multiple doctors also tried to give Naomi NSAIDs like Motrin, Ibuprofen, and Excedrin, and I had to keep informing them that she's not allowed to take these medications because of her kidney disease. Instead we ended up with a little more morphine as needed. We were settled into our room around 8:00pm, had a visit from our pastor and his wife, and then Matt came to join Naomi for the night while I went home to rest.
It was hard to get too much rest while caring for my other children, who were obviously feeling the stress of this week themselves. Hannah, who has never once wet her bed, woke up soaking wet and crying in the middle of the night. Not long after that was cleaned up Toby came screaming into my room and was so happy to find me there he insisted on sleeping beside me for the rest of the night. This morning, when I needed to return to the hospital he told me, "That makes me sad," but he seemed to understand that Naomi needed me to be with her and he didn't fuss when I left.
|Watching "Black Beauty" this morning...and waiting|
My mom is driving out today to help out, but it could be a long haul until we are comfortable at home again. Naomi was just infused with another 500mg of caffeine, so there's not much rest for anyone in the next day's forecast. I'll keep you updated.