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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Battling Dehydration

As Nathan was getting over the pneumonia, our hopes were still high that the ETV was still working.  Severe vomiting was usually one of signs that Nathan was having neurological issues.  But we chalked up the problems this time to the pneumonia. 

But as he started to get over the pneumonia, the vomiting didn't get any better.  In fact, it started to get worse.  So we took him in to the pediatrician who recommended we take him to get a CT to check what was going on in his head.

The CT didn't show any major changes from his last CT following the ETV, so they sent us back home after scheduling a follow-up appointment with Dr. Riva-Cambrin the next week.

But that night, Nathan was still throwing up everything we tried to give him.  Since he really hadn't been able to keep anything down all day, we started to get worried that he was dehydrated.  So we headed off to the local ER. 

There they inserted an IV an got some fluids going to get his hydration level up.  They ran some labs that came back showing that Nathan was partially dehydrated, but nothing too severe.  So after a few hours they sent us back home.

To help us make it through the night, I went out and bought some pedialyte (pediatric electrolyte drink) so that we could give it to Nathan through his feeding pump and try to keep him as hydrated as best we could through the night.  Eventually, we got a system worked out and the vomiting stopped.

By morning, he was doing considerably better and we were able to transition him from pedialyte to formula the next morning.  We kept him on a slow, continuous feed throughout the day, which was a pain, but it was considerably better than having him throw up constantly.


  1. I'm so sorry that you guys had to go through all of this alone. I know the Lord was with you, but I wish I had been more in tune to know that you needed help, or at least support. You are amazing and Nathan is so blessed to be in your loving care. He couldn't have received two better parents.

  2. I feel the same way as this kind friend above. Nathan is a VERY special boy, and I feel awed to know such powerhouse parents.