Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A trip to the hospital....

So, I mentioned in the last post that Harper Kate hadn't been feeling well and that it would take a week to figure out what was going on. Harper Kate had been getting random fevers that would spike up to 103. We couldn't really figure out what was going on, but what we did find was that her white blood cell count was incredibly high which meant that there was an infection somewhere. Dr Jackson did a chest X-ray which didn't show pneumonia, did a urine test and no infection there. We did more bloodwork which revealed no blood infection and the other option was meningitis, but since her fever hadn't been constant, that wasn't assumed either. HK is ALWAYS a mystery and difficult. :). She got two shots of (a strong antibiotic) in the middle of the week, and by Friday her count was still high. Dr Jackson had no other ideas, so he sent us to the children's hospital to see if they had any ideas. We spent a few hours in the ER, and after a much more detailed chest X-ray, they found a small amount of pneumonia. The ER dr knew exactly what to look for and his picture was much clearer, so he was glad Dr. Jackson had sent us there. We were immediately admitted and began an antibiotic through an Iv. That week had been pretty frightening because when her white count was so high, the nurse called me and told me Dr Jackson wanted me to come immediately because her count was so high! I panicked, cried the entire way to the office, thinking the worst and then had Jarod meet me there. Therefore,when we finally found out it was pneumonia you can imagine I was relieved!!
Unfortunately for me, Harper Kate was admitted on a Thursday night. For Christmas my sisters and I had given my mom a cooking class at the Viking Cooking School in Greenwood, MS. My dad paid for all of my sisters to go with my mom. Of course, Harper Kate would get sick on the weekend I was supposed to go! So, while i was sitting in the hospital waiting to be discharged, my sisters, mom and aunt (who took my spot) learned how to make fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, greens and biscuits. Uhhh.....why me?!?! Anyway, hopefully I will get to go sometime soon! My child is such drama sometimes, but still I wouldn't trade her for anything in the world!! At least we had some fun while we were at the hospital. Harper Kate loves being there! She gets pampered and has to do no therapy. :). Here are some pictures from our stay.
We got home late Friday night from the hospital and headed to bed. I was so upset from missing the cooking class, that when we woke up Saturday morning, Jarod asked me if I wanted to go to Birmingham to see my precious new niece that had been born that week! Well, I still hated missing the cooking class, but visiting Jarod's family and Harper Kate meeting her first girl cousin made it a lot better. My husband knows me so well! Seeing my family always makes everything better!!


  1. I can't believe you actually posted!

  2. I'm so sorry Harper Kate was so sick! I remember crying a lot on the way to the hospital when I was told things were more than wrong…of course, not to this extent but when Miller was diagnosed with Meckles Diverticulum I BAWLED all the way to hospital! and then he was there for a week on the cancer floor because there wasn't room anywhere else in Children's! WOW!! that was an eye-opener! Thanks for your honest comments about missing the cooking class! I would've been so upset! I'm so sorry you had to miss it! I love you and admire you and learn from you all of the time!