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Our terrifying night

Tessa got her tonsils out last Thursday--8 days ago.  The recovery was much more drawn out and difficult than I expected, but we managed. The discharge instructions told us all of the things we needed to do to prevent bleeding and we were following them strictly. No rough play, all soft foods, plenty of liquids, rest, etc.

T was just starting to turn a corner Monday and Tuesday and we were relieved as it had been an exhausting weekend of pushing nasty tasting meds and fluids on her.  Unfortunately, everyone in the household had icky colds with icky coughs, Tess included.

So Tuesday night at about 12:30, Hattie came into our room and said Tessa was coughing so much it was keeping her awake. (They are now sleeping in the same bed because they're inseparable.) Shortly after Tessa came in, too, so we were all cuddled up in the our bed. Tessa kept coughing, so Dave took H downstairs so they could get some sleep. T kept coughing, which made me nervous because I knew it wasn't good for her throat. A few coughs later, she whimpered and got out of bed and walked out into the living room. I'll have to admit I was annoyed because I was so tired and just wanted to sleep. I followed her out and found her leaning over a pool of blood on the floor. Fear. That was all I felt. I screamed for Dave downstairs: "She's bleeding!" And she kept bleeding. It was pouring out of her mouth. I got a bucket for her. It was bright red and every once in a while a blood clot would come out. T was making these awful retching noises, and in between the noises, this growling noise. I can't describe it, but I'll never forget it.
Unfortunately, Hattie was awake and came upstairs with Dave. Dave and I were extremely scared and not hiding it well, so obviously Hattie was scared too. I am so proud of her, though, because when I yelled at her to get her shoes and put them on she did it with lightning speed and did everything I asked her to very quickly.
She didn't get a good look at what was going on with Tessa until we all piled into our van. When she did, Tessa had blood and blood clots pouring down her chin. Hattie saw that and gave out a scared yelp/scream. But she got into her car seat and we took off, with Dave standing over T's seat, holding the bucket, and trying to comfort her and Hattie.  It was storming and raining pretty hard and I can guarantee you I didn't stop at a single stop sign. It's about a 7 minute drive to the hospital, but it felt like it took FOREVER.

We pulled up to the ER doors and hopped out. I ended up with T and the bucket of blood and I went inside while Dave got Hattie out. I will never forget the looks on the people's faces who were in the ER waiting room. I stood there, with what I'm sure was a frenzied, dazed look on my face. There was a couple sitting at the registration desk, getting registered and when they looked behind them at me, who was covered in blood, and Tessa, who was covered in more blood, and the bloody bucket I was holding, they jumped out of their chairs and made room for me to sit. I didn't, of course, just quickly gave the clerk my name and phone number and was ushered into a room by a nurse. By this time the bleeding had mostly stopped on its own, so after being shown to our room it was very calm. Tessa cuddled in my lap and after a while Hattie entertained us by singing and dancing to Somewhere Over the Rainbow, her new favorite song.

The ENT doc on call came in, took a look, and said the best he could tell the bleeding had stopped on its own, but he wanted to put her under, knock off the scabs and cauterize the sites to be on the safe side. So they did. 
We needed to get Hattie home but only had one car, so Dave called his work and the watch commander gave Hattie and I a ride home. She and I were in bed by 2:45. Dave spent the night with Tess at the hospital. The next morning I took Hattie to daycare because they were practicing their preschool graduation and she didn't want to miss it then went to the hospital.  T got discharged shortly after. I had stuff scheduled at work throughout the day, so I went back and forth from work to home several times.

The bleeding didn't set T back as much as we thought it would, although she's nowhere near 100%. Mostly she's tired and she's not eating or drinking much. I think her throat is feeling better every day, though.

I took pictures of the bloody bucket. I see a fair amount of blood at work every once in a while and it's no big deal. But holy shit, when it's coming out of your own child it is TERRIFYING. I compared the scene Tuesday night to a horror movie. We had blood on our floor, she had actually started bleeding a little on our comforter, her jammies were covered, my shirt, Dave's shorts.

Dave and I both work well under pressure. That's part of our job. But that all goes out the window when something is happening to your child. I've sat and critiqued everything I did--thought about what I could have done better, faster, etc. I'm just so very happy T is okay. And I don't know how parents of very sick children do it. This last week has exhausted me.

My tweets for today

  • 21:04 The project is complete. My fam's fingerprints made into art by my awesome husband. #
  • 21:20 @hidama good point. And if there's an incident and a picture disappears...well, that's what we call a clue. #
  • 07:07 @hidama You need to see what a jerk @toddadamson is in person. #flaminggoattweetup next Mon or Wed at noon? Does either work for both of u? #
  • 07:52 4yo: "My teachers said that paper is made out of trees." The look of disgust on her face at how "stupid" her teachers could be was comical. #
  • 09:04 @hidama @toddadamson do evenings work better for both of you? #
  • 09:41 Geez. These kids showing up for police officer interviews look like they're 12 years old. I can say that now that I'm over 30, right? #
  • 09:49 @bldngnerd For age? Iowa law says 18. Our dept says 21. Maybe they ARE 12 and dyslexic. #
  • 10:01 @bldngnerd I agree. 21 lends just a teensy bit more maturity and life experience. #
  • 10:06 @youlookthesame Heh heh. That put a smile on my face. :) #
  • 10:11 "Hoochie!" "Weasel!" This was the beginning of my phone conversation just now. #
  • 10:43 @jaxkaotik They look like they're wearing daddy's suit! At least they don't have tags sticking out of the sleeve.........BENDER. #
  • 10:45 @hidama You must check out shirt.woot. RIGHT NOW! #
  • 10:49 @Gabesmom We have artificial w/ lights already on it. Setup is a snap, don't have to water. But I miss the evergreen smell in the house. #
  • 12:06 @Kathy_L @liabolicious "Liabolical" That's a great name! #
  • 13:30 "But they inject it into an orifice!" Jesus people, I was talking about the Flu-mist nasal spray. #
  • 13:57 Wow. The nurse that just gave me my flu shot was so awesome at it I barely felt it. Two enthusiastic thumbs up. #
  • 14:12 @toddadamson True story: I had a hard time deciding between Livestock Artificial Inseminator and Nun for career day. #
  • 14:35 @toddadamson I'm giggling. #
  • 14:46 @swirlee MLIA? Stumped. My life is asinine? @ToddPM , do you have any insight? #
  • 14:46 @ICT33 NOW you tell me?!!!!! #
  • 14:52 @swirlee Ah. Thank you. From now on I will look to you for internetz guidance. #
  • 15:01 @ICT33 putting my hands over my ears and yelling "I can't hear you!" If I ignore it it won't happen, right? #
  • 18:10 @toddadamson Ooooh. What's in it? #
  • 18:21 @toddadamson maybe we should have a #flaminggoattweetup there. Does @hidama eat sushi? #
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My tweets for today

  • 21:58 Was not happy with my performance at practice tonight. Felt like I was on the floor more than actually skating. Cue the pity party. :-/ #
  • 13:10 Nothing like exclaiming "Shit!" right in front of Human Resources & a police officer candidate. Meleah's keepin' it classy around here. #
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My tweets for today

  • 11:44 I giggle uncontrollably every time I listen to Ben Folds' ballad cover of Bitches Ain't Shit. That and Rent A Cop. #
  • 13:52 husband gave me a homemade Christmas present last year. He finished it today. I am happy. Pics soon! #
  • 15:57 2yo woke up from her nap, crawled into my lap and promptly fell back asleep. Hopefully sleeping off this weird bug she has. #
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My tweets for today

  • 09:16 My Blackberry tried to spell check the word 'shit' for me. You've got much to learn little fella. #
  • 10:11 @ICT33 Exactly. It will learn in due time. I will corrupt it. #
  • 10:19 Told hubs I had H1N1 so we wouldn't have to have dinner w/ MIL. He said I had H1biotch1. That's probably closer to the truth. #
  • 12:19 At Dr's office with 2yo. After getting one herself, she gave her baby doll a strep test, complete with gagging sound. #
  • 12:36 @miacupcake Chuckita will play with trucks too! Princesses and t-rexes cohabitate happily in our house! #
  • 14:39 I put 2yo down for her nap. I can hear her singing Queen's We Will Rock You from her bed. #
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My tweets for today

  • 09:19 Home with sick kid. Morning has been consumed with rescheduling appts and generally covering my ass at work. #
  • 09:44 Oops. Dear Lt., Happy Boss' Day. I didn't get you dick. Sorry. #
  • 09:45 And by "dick", I mean "anything". Beat you to it, Twitter. #
  • 10:19 I've been trying to vote for the Gameroom Giveaway, but the site is sooooo......slooooooow........ #
  • 11:04 @abiteofsanity I think that's the only kudos I've heard for IC parking. EVER. #
  • 11:11 Gonna be a bad mom and admit my kids are driving me nuts this a.m. About ready to send them out to the batshit crazy balloon in the backyard #
  • 12:47 I seem to have misplaced my morning. Do any of you know where it is? I'm afraid that it went down the tubes. *sigh* #
  • 14:28 @abiteofsanity LMAO! I'll bet it was mine. I'm sure it's long gone now. :) #
  • 17:15 Mental note: when feeding kids red velvet cake, do not be alarmed by the color of their BMs later. Also, 2yo was amused. #
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My tweets for today

  • 22:17 @SDWhite I'm so sorry. My thoughts will be with you and your family. #
  • 22:51 @DriftVelocity OMG. Me too. *sigh* #
  • 23:18 @abiteofsanity That's just mean. #
  • 09:20 @hidama I know! Everyone's RTing them and I thought "Hidama found those a long time ago!" #
  • 09:21 Dammit why doesn't Twitter like my roller derby picture?! It keeps going back to the cow. :( #
  • 09:21 Argh. Never mind. #
  • 09:25 @AMussman Thanks! I may seem tough, but I still tear up at those stupid OnStar radio commercials. Not kidding. #
  • 09:34 @ToddPM Thanks. And now I'm trying to decide whether to take you down using a leg sweep or an arm bar. ;) #
  • 11:06 @AMussman I was told to check with the Visiting Nurses Assn and/or HyVee. #
  • 13:30 RT I have neighbors like that! @mublogger: Amazing neighbors who take my kids for playdates and bring me dinner are awesome. As is beer. #
  • 15:27 @frageelay Apparently not: RT @missprint95: Someone started a Twitter account for #balloonboy! @jiffypopkid #
  • 15:27 @gypsyhomebody Let's HOPE that's the case. #
  • 15:43 @ICT33 That's my hope, too. #
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My tweets for today

  • 07:02 @ycopfiles Thanks for the congrats on my weight! Heh heh. #
  • 09:10 Trix, Froot Loops, Fruity Pebbles. Which came first? They all taste the same. This is the shit that goes through my head in the morning. #
  • 09:47 @ToddPM Looks like you picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue. #
  • 09:56 @heatherrast Alright missy. Tried to find "tough" looking pics. I have few. Wanna help me decide? #
  • 10:12 Still moving back into my office. Desk drawer is empty save a few bullets. Feel like Norville Barnes in Hudsucker Proxy. (For you @geolibro) #
  • 10:56 Do not be alarmed by my picture. It's a stand-in until I can make another one suitable. Gotta love the Iowa State Fair! #
  • 10:57 @MommyMishmash I tried 24 hours of non-complaining on Twitter once. It was difficult. #
  • 10:59 @MommyMishmash Tee hee! #
  • 11:11 @Gloomy50 I sorta do too. Might keep it up a little longer than I had planned. #
  • 11:12 @Gloomy50 Been buggin hubs to bring home a patch so I can get them sent off to ya. May just ask his chief directly--will get faster results. #
  • 14:27 @ycopfiles Bwa ha ha! Thanks again. Makin' me blush. :-} #
  • 14:42 @jaxkaotik Girl, WTF is going on? You coming to practice tonight? Let me know if I can do anything to help you out. #
  • 15:23 @CRFDguy Love that you got it too. :) #
  • 15:25 @ycopfiles Would you believe that I used to be, and sometimes still am, SHY?! #
  • 15:50 The adv. of our office being torn apart: People are finding old pictures that are perfect for the Christmas party slideshow. *evil laugh* #
  • 15:58 In jr high, which was at the height of the Hypercolor shirt fad, I had Hypercolor shorts. It was mortifying. Think about it, I'll wait. #
  • 16:11 @Gloomy50 I think I would be more embarrassed by my hair than the shorts if such a picture existed. Which it doesn' my knowledge. #
  • 16:25 @Gloomy50 I'm surprised it hasn't surfaced on Facebook yet.....should it exist. #
  • 17:25 @LisaDeadwards Deadzie!!!!! That is an awesome print!!!!!!! #
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My tweets for today

  • 06:52 @Gabesmom Ha ha ha! Mommy Karen, taking care of the essentials. So cute! #
  • 07:01 Last week sucked. Was optimistic that this week would be better. Not the case. Harumph. #
  • 07:04 @Gabesmom Well, since you said the magic word....'taxpayer', we are at your service. ;) #
  • 08:40 I'm 31 years old and I just stomped my foot at my husband. I'm mature for my age. #
  • 10:37 Accident 380 sb at nine mm #
  • 10:39 One lane open but may be shut down #
  • 10:50 @heatherrast Mine or yours? Can't remember if I told you, but love your hair! #
  • 10:51 @hidama embarrassed I can NEVER remember how many "r"s or "s"s. #
  • 10:53 @heatherrast Ha ha! That might spur a lawsuit. Let me look through my derby pictures. #
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My tweets for today

  • 22:00 Finally practiced after a week hiatus. The scratches on my arms from other girls' pads' velcro was welcome. #
  • 01:01 @quinnelizabeth Sweetie, you had no problem w/ that tonight. Your butt was all up in my stuff damn you! #
  • 09:23 7 new voicemails?! UUUUUUUGH. #
  • 09:58 RT I wholeheartedly agree. @sewzinski: Smashed pumpkins make me sad #
  • 10:23 @MommyMishmash Yaaay! Spreading the taffy apple pizza love! Thank you!!!!!! #
  • 11:13 Oh my. I've had a Blackberry for less than 24 hours and I'm addicted already. And I fully understand why it's called a Crackberry now. #
  • 13:00 @Dweeze That said....where you going for lunch? #
  • 13:07 Derby girls--I need new bearings, but don't have much to spend. Suggestions? #
  • 13:08 Additional--I'm looking on the Sin City Skates site. #
  • 13:37 Turns out our secretary got a new Blackberry too. So ya, we totally messaged each other while sitting next to each other at the lunch table. #
  • 14:26 @AnnieR Jealous! Did your BIL do the truffle shuffle? #
  • 15:07 @bluedogexpress Spinning head and split pea soup?! #
  • 15:53 @youlookthesame I hated Pepsi before. Now I despise them. I'd be happy to tell them where they can shove their app. #
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