It has been a tough, event filled month for the Rademacher Clan, and we are barely half way through it!
It started off right away on February 1st. Reagan was playing at the playground and fell into a bench, head first. For her efforts, she received a small gouge in her forehead, just below the hairline. Initially it looked like it would be ok and heal up on its own. After a few hours, though, it looked like it was going to need a little help staying closed. By this time it was after normal business hours so we packed up and headed off to the ER. Sure enough, she needed stitches. The doctor prepared us and said that this would probably not be a pleasant procedure (i.e. probably not quiet). After applying a numbing agent to the site, they laid Reagan down on a bed and wrapped her up tightly in a bed sheet from shoulders to feet like a little burrito (so she wouldn’t be able to flail). They had a large orderly whose sole job was to hold her head steady so the doctor could sew. We braced ourselves for the worst… And then it turned out to be the biggest non-event ever. Reagan laid there patiently while the doctor did his work, not so much as flinching. By the time they were done, Reagan had three blue stitches in her forehead. The doctor and orderly were amazed. They said they had done that same procedure on young children hundreds of times, and never had they had such a calm and willing (i.e. not wailing) patient. Reagan fully earned the ice cream treat she got on the way home.
The second event of the month involved another trip to the ER. An unexpected bout of appendicitis. Branden had an abdominal CT scan done at the end of January to aid diagnosing unrelated digestive/abdominal discomfort. About two weeks after the test (February 7), he woke up with a new, stronger abdominal pain than he had been having. Having not heard the results of the CT scan, he called his doctor to ask about them. The doctor mentioned one of the findings were early signs of appendicitis. They recommended that he get a surgical consult. The earliest appointment was the next afternoon. Overnight the pain intensified to the point that he actually left work early. The doctor reviewed the CT scan films and said he didn’t know what the radiologist saw that indicated early signs of appendicitis, but after a quick exam said Branden most certainly had appendicitis, and his appendix needed to come out as soon as possible. They called ahead to the hospital and sent us to the emergency room. Branden went into the operating room less than four hours after the diagnosis was made. Luckily, his appendix had not yet burst so the operation was completed lacroscopically (as opposed to open surgery). This means the recovery is much quicker. The operation was on a Tuesday. He was sent home from the hospital less than 24 hours after the operation. He spent the remainder of the week at home, most of it sleeping on the couch, and returned to work the following Monday. We are counting our blessings, as many things went just right, at just the right time preventing this from being a much worse scenario. (1)The CT scan was ordered, when there were a slew of other tests that could have been ordered to diagnose the digestive issues. (2) The radiologist noticed something that two separate doctors didn’t see, indicating early signs of appendicitis. And (3) Branden called his doctor to ask about the results of the test when he did (though it was odd that they had not called him immediately). Had these things not happened, it is very likely that Branden would not have contacted a doctor about the abdominal pain before the appendix had burst. That is a much more serious medical condition – the procedure is more invasive and the recovery much more drawn out.
Also this month, a cold worked its way through all of us. Luckily, it only affected one of us at a time.
Finally, today Reagan came down with a fever and lost her lunch. Hopefully it turns out to be a 24 hour bug and not the flu…
With 10 days left in the month, we’re wondering what else February will throw at us.