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Sick baby

December 10th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

I haven’t been able to post to the Y-Factor for a few days now. I was visiting family in Columbus last Thursday through Sunday. Then, as soon as we got back, Ria got sick. Actually, our guess is that she picked something up on Saturday, and didn’t start showing symptoms until Sunday. We (and the doctors) think it’s some kind of viral infection.

Ria didn’t eat much during our drive back on Sunday. Then, during the night, she threw up several times. Poor thing was petrified since throwing up is not the most pleasant of human experiences. Throughout the day Monday she didn’t eat anything (anything we give her was instantly thrown up such that she got no nutrition for over 24 hours) and also had diarrhea. By early Tuesday morning she was very lethargic – unresponsive to play, conversation, or anything. She just lay there, barely able to open her eyes. Needless to say, we rushed to the E.R. at about 6:30 am on Tuesday.

It’s heartbreaking as a parent to see your child go through this (those of you with kids know very well what I’m talking about). Just a couple of days ago she was full of energy and was playful. Her answer to any question involving the word “who” was an enthusiastic Daddin’! (She can’t quite say Daddy yet, which is fine by me since Daddin’ is about the cutest thing you’ll ever hear). Now she doesn’t respond at all – “who’s that?”, “whose baby is Ria?”, “who loves Ria?” – nothing… Not a single Daddin’…

After some blood tests in the E.R. the doctors concluded that she had some kind of viral infection and as a result was severely dehydrated, had severe diarrhea, and very low blood sugar (hence the lethargic behavior). They’ve had her on a saline drip with sugar for the last 36 hours or so to rehydrate her and bring her blood sugar back up. She’s progressing well. I stopped by to see her on my way to work this morning (Bhairavi stayed overnight) – she was in a much better mood. She was actually eating (without throwing up), and was responsive. It was nice to hear “Daddin’” again…

I’ll post more soon - I’ve been reading a bit about auction rate securities (which I was completely oblivious to until today), and have some thoughts on the auto industry bailout. I also need to organize Y-Factor a little better, which I hope to be able to do soon…

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