On Thursday I took Evan to the doctor for a cold. I assumed it would be the run of the mill visit which would go someting like this: "Give him Tylenol for the fever, keep him hydrated and use a humidifier..."
I was shocked when instead the words I heard were: ambulance, low oxygen level, emergency room..."
Not what I was expecting. So we were taken by ambulance into the Childrens Hospital Emergency Room. After several hours of observation it was determined that he needed to be admitted, except that the hospital was full and there were no beds for him. It breaks my heart to know that a childrens hospital is full. That should never have to happen at a place like this. So we spent the night in an observation room. Early this morning I heard rumblings in the hallway outside our room discussing the ICU. They couldn't be talking about Evan, could they? The doctor finally came in and said they felt that the level of care that Evan needed would be best suited in the Intensive Care Unit.
We have been in the hospital our share of times, but never in Intensive Care. It's a whole new experience. I felt like we were hospital pro's, but now we have entered something new. More rules, more doctors, more tests, more wires, more intense...
All the rooms here have huge sliding glass front doors so that it is easy for the nurses to see the kids. Our room happens to be right up front where everyone comes and goes. I have spent the day watching families come together. To hug, to pray, to cry. One of the hardest rules is that no food is allowed in the room, which proves difficult when I am alone with Evan. As I was eating dinner in the family waiting room I overhead two girls apologize to each other and regret the last two years that they had been at odds. This place changes people. Brings them together, or perhaps breaks them apart.
Evan is starting to improve and we may be able to move to a regular room today. Back to the confines of a room with privacy and calm. I know that this will not be our last hospital stay, but I will come into future visits with a different perspective.