Warning: do not read if you are leaving town without your kids anytime soon.
So DH and I took our first getaway without kids this past weekend. We were in Vegas, about a 5.5 hour drive from home. Friday was great.
Saturday morning my friend let me know that B seemed to be getting a cold. Wasn't interested in eating, was congested and very sleepy. I felt bad that I had now left my sick kiddo and she might infect my friend's whole family. But kids get sick sometimes, no big deal in the scheme of things.
Later that afternoon she called to let me know that she was vomiting and lethargic. Called my pedi emergency line who said not to panic but to bring her to ER because of the lethargy. At this point everyone is thinking probably a bad stomach virus and she needs some IV fluids but will be ok.
The news kept getting worse. DH and I start driving back and and getting updated that the fluids have done nothing to perk her up and she had an allergic reaction to the antibiotic they started because they assumed she had bacterial infection (possibly meningitits) and did not want to wait any longer for lab work to come back. Worst.moment.of.my.life.
After her blood work came back normal, they did abdominal ultrasound and discovered a blockage in her intestine called intussusception. They tried a non surgical intervention, which failed and she had emergency surgery at 4am Sunday morning. The surgery was successful. She is recovering well and we came home yesterday. This condition, we now know, is not uncommon in kids her age and should not cause any long term problems.
We made it back in time for the procedures and my friend who was with her until then was amazing. Giving verbal consent over the phone for surgery to be done on your 1 year old is not an experience I would wish on anyone.
I don't think I'll be more than a 1-2 hour drive away from my kids anytime soon.