She decided to "hold it" and not pee.
I went to change her diaper in the middle of the night Sunday, and it was dry. Not usual for Annabelle. In the morning, still dry. Before nap, STILL dry.
Now, let me explain. It is very important to make sure Annabelle has sufficient urine output. (my attempt at sounding professional about the TMI subject...) If she is not peeing it usually means a.) she is retaining fluid or b.) she is dehydrated.
And retaining fluid could point to congestive heart failure which could point to rejection. And dehydration is yucky in its own way.
For the most part, Annabelle was acting normal. I did have to go up on her oxygen a little, and she'd been gagging even more than normal on her feeds, so everything together made this Momma VERY nervous.
We'd gone to the ER on Memorial day. I really did NOT want a holiday repeat!
Talked to the doctor, we tried a few things including giving her pedialite, and she finally peed a little, and then she started to perk up and be REALLY happy (was even laughing for Grandma Phillips) so we all felt okay staying put.
The next day, she was peeing like a champ again. So the thinking is that my normally fluid overloaded little girl was actually dehydrated for once!
Went to clinic yesterday. Her labs were wonderful!!! And the echo and EKG looked "is looking better every time" to quote the doctor.
Those words are better than all the chocolate in the world!!!
I was also relieved to see her O2 SAT. It was 97% on 1/8th of a liter of oxygen. When I plugged our O2 sensor in from home (I'd taken it to clinic so I could compare), it read 91.
Our biggest hurdle right now is still FOOD. Both by mouth and Gtube. She's still gagging and throwing up at about 50% of her feedings, if not more. She only vomits a little bit because of her Nissen (the surgery she had to prevent her from throwing up/having reflux) but it is still frustrating, and it scares her every time.
We were scheduled to try new formula, but it never came. Come to find out, our medical supplier was refusing to supply us this new kind because of cost. So the insurance people found us another supplier, and we should have it tomorrow. PLEASE pray this gives my little girl some relief! If it does, we will be able to get her on a much more normal feeding schedule (no night-time feeds.) And that will be good for ALL involved, including Momma who would LOVE a whole nights sleep!
*** Other stuff ***
It's turning cold. Well, colder. I am SO SO SO thankful for the relief from the heat (as will be my poor electric bill!) However, the September weather means we are nearing the time for....
I really do hate the switching of the clothes (aka SOC). It wasn't so bad when I just had Karalynn. And I could handle it when Lacy came along. But it began to be a real chore once Gabby showed up. And now that there are four of them?
Oh my. I go out to the garage and see the billion tubs of old clothes and I scratch my head and scrunch up my nose and think, "Wow, I wish I were rich... it would be SO much funner to go shopping instead of lugging these stupid things inside!" Although, I then remind myself of my uber cheap nature. Even if we were filthy rich, I'd still be hauling out the hand-me-downs. Might have my maid do the sorting though, HA HA HA HA HA!!!
Hand-me-downs are so nice, don't get me wrong. And they save a TON of money. But going through, one by one, and inspecting them for holes/stains/size is a pain the bootwa. Even more so now that my children are getting to the age of being VERY picky about their clothes. That, and given waist differences, height differences, etc. not all the hand-me-downs fit the next child. But... they might fit the one after that, so back in a bin they go.
My head is whirling just thinking about it!!!
And then there is the "putting away" of the summer clothes. Every year, I swear I will be organized. I will go through and sort out "unwearable" clothes. I will sort by size per bin. Yet, every year, when I get to that point, I'm so utterly tired of the whole flippin' process I end up shoving it all into the stupid bins and yelling at my husband to get the idiot things back to the garage so I don't have to see them again.
I've decided though, given the cooler weather (and the fact that my kids wore shorts to school the other day when it barely hit 60, of which I am very ashamed) I have designated tomorrow as the switching of the clothes day. Not sure it will all get done in one day. Which means my house will be a disaster for at LEAST the next two days.
A bright light this year though:
I can do this on a weekday. In years past, this dreaded chore was relegated to a whole Saturday (and quite possibly into Sunday) since I worked during the day. Which means I had kids there to want to destroy everything (er, I mean, help me...) This year, I fully plan on doing this while they are safely in school!!
Final Note for the day: We're up to 86 votes in the "Best Blog Awards" by parents.com!!! Only 20 away from tying the #1 spot! You all ROCK! I'd bribe you to vote... but then, well, then I'd seem more desperate than competitive. HA HA HA! If you haven't voted and want to, here is the link. Your prize for voting is the knowledge that you made me smile a little when I checked it and saw the # inch a little higher, how about that!
Question(s) of the day: What is your FAVORITE thing about fall? And what is your LEAST favorite thing? Or, what household task do YOU dread the most? Anyone else a SOC hater too???