Monday, January 30, 2012

Shutdown the ER

Within minutes my street was filled with emergency vehicles and curious neighbors. My children were taken to a neighbors house and I was put in a police car to be taken to the hospital. The ambulance was to be escorted by another police car. The officer I made eye contact with while begging for help drove me to the hospital and stayed with me until I left.

The drive to the hospital was a priority 1, which to my understanding means he can go as fast as he feels is safe. He was visibly upset, screaming out the window for cars to get out of the way. Once on the highway, he calmly told me to get ready to tell the ER doctor Aiden's medical history. So I tried to remember all of the health issues he had at birth which necessitated a 5 week stay in the NICU although he was full term.

We arrived at the ER and were greeted by the ER doctor, physician assistants, nurses and a social worker. I am still surprised how well I communicated his health issues to the Dr. Pulmonary stenosis, aortic coarctation, persistent pulmonary hypertensive disorder, hypoglycemia, tachycardia, jaundice, subcutaneous hematoma and surgery to repair a tongue tie 2 weeks earlier. When I was done listing all the problems he had at birth, the Dr turned to the nurse and told her to shutdown the ER.