The last 24 hours have been a rollercoaster ride, yeah we’ve had lots lately. Our pint sized diva, Gabbi was hospitalized. On Sunday morning she started coughing, sneezing and saying her forehead hurt. Gab is a ball of energy from sun up to sun down and when she says she doesn’t feel good, we take heed. She never complains (about being sick) and rarely cries. Before she went to bed Sunday night I made her obligatory bowl of oatmeal. School the next day was up in the air, but we went through our usual school night routine. Monday morning arrived with her feeling worse than the night before. A sore throat and low grade fever were added to the list. No oatmeal, hotdog or anything. Ms. Gabbi is the ultimate picky eater; what she likes she eats all the time and it’s difficult to get her to try different foods. As I’ve said before desserts aren’t her thing. She will eat chocolate cake, she kinda like the ice-cream I made and she had a small piece of the Classic Yellow Cake that I made, that’s about it.
So no school Monday and as the day wore on she felt worse. This hasn’t been her first bout with flu like symptoms and typically her doctor says give her Motrin and lots of fluids. We tried and it wasn’t working. Same routine Monday night, but Tuesday morning was very different. I got up early to make dough for the fried cakes I’d been dreaming about. The dough had to chill for an hour and then I could fry them. Gabbi was asleep and Chari went to the Y. When Gabbi got up she curled up on the couch next to me and I asked if she would try and eat something. We’d been telling her that she had to eat so she’d feel better but she didn’t feel like it. I finally convinced her to try some oatmeal. The first spoonful went down. I asked her to take another and she didn’t. Then she said, “Nanni by stomach is binging”, I asked her what that meant and she promptly vomited in her bowl. Alrighty then! Clean up the mess and the kid and it’s back to the couch. By this time Chari called to say she was on her way home and asked how the diva was doing.
With almost perfect timing I heard her cough and went to check. She looked very lethargic, not like herself at all. Chari probably broke a couple of speed laws on the way home and by the time she arrived I had Gabbi in a slightly cool bath because her temp was 102.6. Nixing the idea of a late afternoon doctors appointment we went straight to the emergency room. The attending told us that she was severely dehydrated and if she didn’t eat she have to have an IV. She didn’t eat and they started an IV, that procedure was painful for all of us. Gabbi is six years old, not quite 3 ½ feet tall and 39.5 lbs fully dressed. That’s why I refer to her as pint size. For the last 48 hrs she hadn’t eaten or drank anything and pretty much slept most of the time. Watching her lay there with an IV and sleeping was heartbreaking. Blood work, xrays, and medication, and nothing turned up. Talk about feeling helpless. I had to hold it together, for both of them. She hardly knew that her Poppa and I were there. We left and Chari naturally stayed.
When I talked to her this morning she said her temp had gone up to 103, Ok now I panicked big time. What was wrong with our little dynamo? Finally she perked up and asked for chicken tenders, woo-hoo that’s my girl! I’ll tell you I sent out messages to close friends and had them get the prayers started. I went in to see her about ten this morning on my way to work and when I opened the room door she said, “Hi Nanni”, music to my ears. She talked almost nonstop and told me about the baby crying across the hall. Later in the day we brought her home. I asked what she wanted me to bake for her knowing full well that Gabbi could really care less about sweets and she said maybe chocolate cake with white frosting. It will be a done deal by the end of the week. Right now the princess sleeps and we’re watching her like she’s a newborn. Hopefully whatever bug that got into her has departed, never to return again.
I hope to have lots of recipes and pictures to post real soon. And while I’m telling you about my life with the diva. Here’s the link CNN and Thank you so much for indulging me.