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Recent hospital trip for cyclic vomiting

Walking around the lobby I saw a shadow of myself and it perfectly conveyed how I felt and looked.

Ellis got sick Saturday night with unexplained nausea and vomiting. The number of times her little body retched was frightening and all the while worried about the impact it’s having on her heart. There was nothing more I could do with home remedies and in the early morning we decided to go to the ER. I knew it was the right decision when I told her we should go and she didn’t hesitate: quickly grabbed her blankie and waited for me by the bedroom door while I packed some last minute things into our hospital bag.

Doctors and nurses tried various medications and ran multiple tests to ensure that her heart was safe, but the last anti-nausea medicine tried on Monday evening did the trick. She fell fast asleep without any discomfort and it seemed I could step out for a few minutes without her waking up. Things were starting to look up and the next day would be focused on holding down food and getting her system back to normal. Taking a deep breath, I sat outside the quiet hospital looking at the lights and breathing in the warm night’s air.

I’ll soon write more about our recent stay at the hospital. I’m still processing in the midst of getting back into our regular homeschooling routine and scheduling follow-up appointments. I’ll share more later.

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Esther and I'm so happy you are here. I'm an avid nature photographer and a daydreaming thinker. My posts revolve around photos of nature's beauty, homeschooling adventures with my 2 kids, sporadic reflections on my child's heart condition, Bible reading reflections, gardening feats, and other mish mash things. Hopefully you'll leave encouraged, pensive, or smiling at the simple things of life. Thank you for stopping by and hope you'll find some interesting posts to read!

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    1. So glad and grateful for the various types of medicine available. God is faithful and I felt His hand upon us in there. When Ellis didn’t want to eat for 2 days and she said no to food after a bite, I prayed that God would bless that morsel and didn’t know what else to do. Happy to be home! Thanks for your prayers and thoughts Yvette.

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  1. So very sorry for what that sweet face had to go through. It is so hard watching out children be sick, especially when there is an underlying problem. My prayers go out to all of you as she continues to heal. Be safe and God bless.


    1. I hear you Anita. Never easy seeing your kid hurting and as a parent to feel helpless. These experiences are not only physical issues but the whole body, mind, and soul go for a wild ride. Thank goodness Jesus walks with us in those times. Thanks for your prayers! Hope you are doing well and staying safe.

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  2. It’s so scary when our kids (or grandkids) get so sick they have to be in the hospital. I’m glad she got the treatment to help, and is back home. Continued good recovery. ❤


  3. I’m glad to see the smile on Ellis’ face in the last row, but the “Monday afternoon” photo, she likes so tiny in the big bed. Thank goodness for those doctors and nurses, your “miracle workers” for sure. Hope all is well and stays well Esther!


    1. Thank you Linda! It was a nerve-wracking emergency and her being older made it more difficult. It’s harder to distract her when she’s aware of what’s going on and connecting memories. She wouldn’t let me out of her sight. Dark clouds for 3 days and feeling hopeful once she calmed down after the last anti-nausea medication.
      This hospital is such a blessing, as well as the doctors and nurses.


      1. That happened last time too as I recall as Ellis clearly knows what’s up. The suddeness of the non-stop nauseousness is very scary and I’m sorry both of you have to deal with this – there is enough already. I think it takes a special type of person to work in pediatrics.


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