Maddie wouldn't stop throwing up... and then she stopped drinking. She would grit her teeth and turn her head away, or just let it run out of her mouth, so my sister and I took her to the ER because her last wet diaper was at 10 the previous night (it was about 5pm when we left) and she had only had 4 ounces all day - which she threw up.
The nurse there was a BITCH. "Why didn't you go the clinic?" "It's closed." "Well, I'm going to tell Medicaid this wasn't an emergency, so they won't cover it. You need to go to the clinic when something happens." "It's CLOSED!!!" She rolled her eyes and left, without even ASKING what was wrong or seeing Maddie. WTF? How could she know it was an emergency or not?
So she came back like half an hour later - by then Maddie wasn't doing anything at all. Just laying there, very unresponsive. The nurse wouldn't believe that she wouldn't take anything, and made me do it in front of her. Yup, she wouldn't take formula, water or 3 different flavors of pedialyte. When the nurse realized that I was right, she called Dr. Curtis - who owns the ENTIRE hospital.
He was worried about how unresponsive she was, so they admitted us, and put an IV in her. About 10 minutes after the IV, she REALLY perked up. She started drinking on her own again, so they let us go home, but left the IV in her arm in case we had to go back. The bitchy nurse was all apologetic, but I am still angry. Maddie fussed for a little bit, and then her motrin kicked in. She cooed in her crib for awhile, and then fell asleep. Today, she woke up laughing. I had to take her back and Dr. Curtis saw her again and gave me something that's like baby bismol, and antibiotics. She's been a little fussy, but MUCH better, and wolfing down her food.
That was the SCARIEST moment of my life. I had to turn away when they gave her the IV. Ugh... it was just horrible.