I fed her her morning bottle and almost immediately she vomited the entire bottle back up and then was hungry again so I fed her some more which she kept down. She then went back to sleep and slept a few hours until her Daddy got home for our afternoon photo shoot. Little did I know what lay in store for us in the next couple of days.
Our precious little peanut was placid and sleepy and we got some really great shots of her curled up in baskets, snuggled in a sling and my all time favourite, stretched out on Daddy's arm. Exhausted from her afternoon of fame she ate and slept well again in the afternoon.
I has just finished making dinner and Steve fed Jaidyn a bottle and once again she vomited the entire contents back up. It was this time that we noticed her breathing seemed a little "off" to us. We counted and timed her breaths which seemed normal and then I proceeded to call Telehealth to seek some expert advice. After running through the symptoms and Jaidyn's behaviour with us the nurse suggested we go to emerg, and her words were "sooner than later". With dinner left on the counter and rushed attempt at packing the diaper bag we headed out to the hospital in Orangeville.
We arrived and Jaidyn was assessed by the triage nurse and when we took her
clothes off to weigh her the nurse noticed a deep indraw under Jaidyn's rib cage when she was taking a breath in and it sparked enough concern that they decided to admit her. We spent the night with Jaidyn in her room as she received oxygen from a machine whose alarm sounded all night and drove us a little loopy. lol. The next day the pediatrician arrived in the morning to assess the situation and started running various tests to see what was causing the laboured breathing. Chest Xray, upper GI Xray, blood tests, all were clear. It was a bit of a mystery but Jaidyn otherwise seemed fine. She was eating and she didn't have a fever, her saturation levels were good, her only symptom was some listlessness and the deep indraw under her rib cage. The investigation and treatments at this point were pretty calm and relaxed and everyone was pretty calm and relaxed, although perplexed lol.
Dr. Murphy decided we would try a Ventolin treatment through a mask in case there was some constriction in her airway, hopefully this would open things up. Her first treatment went well but her condition didn't change. During the second Ventolin treatment things took an entirely different turn and it was the beginning of a nightmare that had us heartbroken and helpless in the hallways of Orangeville Hospital.
I sat snuggling my precious little monkey with an IV in her scalp in her hospital room administering the Ventolin treatment prescribed by the doctor and as she lay in my arms the monitor that she was hooked up to measuring her oxygen levels and heartrate suddenly alarmed. I looked to the machine which had been alarming falsely all night and her oxygen levels took a dive and her heartrate plummeted. I yelled for Steve to hit the nurses button and get a nurse right away. Dr. Murphy was out in the hallway and him and a team of nurses rushed in, got Jaidyn on the bed and at this time the panic and urgency of the situation set in. We left the room and sat outside watching people rush to and from her room for what seemed like hours. Dr. Murphy rushed in and out and for the first time he wouldn't make eye contact with us, he wasn't his usual calm and placid nature, he was worried. After what seemed like an eternity Dr. Murphy came out to us and said "you have a very sick baby". Although he still didn't know what was wrong, he had consulted with Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and had arranged for an emergency transport team to come and get our sweet little angel to try and figure out what was wrong.
When we walked back into Jaidyn's room our hearts sank as we saw her with a tube down her throat lying there helpless. She was a feisty little thing even at that age as she continuously tried to pull at her breathing tube. We stroked her and snuggled her and waited for the transport team to arrive.
Here we thought things couldn't get any worse at this point. Just before the team from Sick Kids arrived Dr. Murphy noticed the monitor was picking up a rapid heart rate. He immediately listened with his stethoscope and then sent a nurse for some ice. He placed a baggy of ice on Jaidyn's tiny little head and once again, it seemed things were getting suddenly more critical. The team from Sick Kids arrived and when they walked in Dr. Murphy immediately explained that there was a bigger issue that needed to be dealt with because Jaidyn was in Tachycardia. They hooked up additional monitors to her and we watched in horror as the doctor took the baggy of ice and smashed it into our precious little babies face while saying to us (this isn't going to be pleasant but it is necessary). We couldn't watch any more and we quickly left the room and sat outside her door once again listening to urgent phone calls and watching nurses rush in and out of her room getting meds and running tests. The entire situation felt surreal. Why was this happening to our baby girl? I made pleas to my daddy, her guardian angel, to take care of her and keep her safe. Our hearts sank as we heard them call "all clear" several times and we knew that they were defibrillating our tiny little peanut. Once they had her stabilised and ready for transport we were able to go in and see her.
Our tiny, precious little baby who we fought so hard to bring into this world, lay there lifeless in an isolette, hooked up to more machines than I could count with a breathing tube, iv's and an empty stare. We kissed her and said we'll see you soon (no goodbyes) and watched them wheel her away from us to the awaiting ambulance to be rushed to the greatest hospital on earth.
At the blink of an eye our lives were changed. We were living a parents worst nightmare with a critically ill baby and no answers in sight. We were numb and terrified and thanks to the Mario Andretti driving skills of my sister, arrived downtown Toronto in record time, actually beating the ambulance there. We were panicked to know how Jaidyn was doing after being away from her for an hour and thankfully we bumped into the transport paramedics in the hallway who informed us that Jaidyn was still stable and she had no further episodes during the drive down.
The next few hours while we waited in the waiting room to see our sick little girl seemed to take a lifetime...