We had to take Drew to the ER yesterday because he's had a high fever for two days. At one point it got up to 103.1, which is very high for him. Because it was the weekend we had to take him to the ER. As far as ER visits go, it was the best one ever. There was no line for triage and we got taken back into the Peds ER immediately. Although the triage nurse did say "he's got some weird syndrome I've never heard of." Luckily we found her insensitive comment humorous and not offensive. Another quote of the evening from Drew was "Daddy, is the clock moving slower?" No, but it sure does seem like that!
The med student we had taking our history and doing the prelimary evaluation was great, better than some residents we've had. I told them immediately that if he required an IV I wanted the pediatric transport team to do it and they honored that request. They did a urine analysis, blood cultures, strep test, and chest x-ray. The transport team was able to get the IV in only two tries, and while it was still very traumatic for Drew it's much better than the 8-10 times it's taken in the past. The x-ray people were great-even x-raying his dog first and showing him the pictures. We got there around 4 and around 8 they decided it looks like an emerging pneumonia and he should be admitted, mostly to keep an eye on him. We hung around the ER until midnight when he was finally transferred to a bed on the pediatric floor. His fever is still coming back when the motrin or tylenol wears off, but in between fevers he's acting pretty normal. His oxygen saturations are still normal for him at around 85 and he doesn't need oxygen. Today the blood cultures will come back and we're hoping for negative results on those. So, that's the update.