Yes, this is a book blog, and no, I have not posted a review for my read-a-thon books yet. Allergies have absolutely felled me this week. For most allergy sufferers, they know what to expect. I am not an allergy sufferer, and yet I have never experienced such symptoms as I have this week – sinus pain, congestion, itchy nose, itchy skin, constant sneezing, constant running nose, and now, allergy conjunctivitis. OTC allergy medicine is not working, so I am left with barely enough energy each evening to make it home and collapse on the couch. I cannot wait until the wind stops blowing this evil poison all over the world. I am ready to be able to breathe again and be able to think beyond the constant itching. This truly sucks to high heaven, and I will never scoff at allergy symptoms again.
Thank you to all of those well-wishers for Holly yesterday. She made it through the procedure with flying colors and was back to feeling normal by late afternoon. Granted, we had a scary moment with emergence delirium. We were brought back to the recovery room to discover her flailing around and sobbing uncontrollably. She had no idea where she was, who she was, or even who we were. The nurses could not hold her still to protect her IV, she did not want to come to me, so in the end, Jim held her, and the nurses gave her a narcotic through her IV to help her go back to sleep. They said this often happens and that extra twenty-five minutes of sleep is enough to have them waking up normally. This was definitely the case; she was a completely different person after the second wake-up. Another hour of naps and slowly waking up, and we were home.
I have to give a shout-out to the nurses, nurse practitioners and doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. They were without a doubt some of the friendliest people we have ever found in the medical profession. Jim and I have gone through this procedure three times with Connor, and we never experienced the care, commitment and thoroughness that we saw today. They went out of their way to make Holly comfortable, so much so that she was chatting up the nurses on the way to the OR. Jim and I had no anxiety (well, almost none) because everyone was so open about what to expect, and we were able to be with Holly for all but the procedure itself and shortly thereafter. If you live in the Cincinnati/Dayton area and have children, I would highly recommend seeking out one of the Cincinnati Children’s locations. A good doctor is difficult to find, and an entire hospital filled with them is even more so. Thank you to everyone who helped Holly with her procedure yesterday! Your care made the entire experience bearable!
Don't worry about it, Deb! I know you are still there and that Bella and your garden are keeping you busy!
Thanks, Lisa! I'm hoping the colder weather will subdue some of the symptoms, but I am still limiting my time outside for now.
A positive hospital experience was definitely a welcome one. I wish others could have such experiences more often!
Sorry to hear about your allergies. Glad to hear your baby got through her surgery so well and that you had such a positive experience.
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Thanks, Carrie! We were told it is quite common. It doesn't mean it isn't scary to see it happen to someone you love. Hopefully, this is the last surgery she has to undergo for a long time!
Yay for Cincinnati Children's! I am definitely going to be recommending them to all my friends with children.
Thanks, Diane. If you figure out how to find relief, please let me know. We're supposed to face pollen counts in the 3,000 over the next three days (1,000 is considered dangerously high).
Wooo Hoooo I love Cincinnati Children's Hospital for all the reasons you stated. They have taken great care of my kids whenever we have needed them!!!
That is great that everything went well with your daughter. Hope the allergies get better soon!!!
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I feel your pain Michelle. Allergies are kicking up everywhere here as well, and both the hub and eye have headaches and watery eyes as a result.
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