Today was kinda crazy. I can't remember if I told you that I decided to keep Harlie home from school today. Well, that turned out to be the right call.
This morning I had an appointment at the gym at 10. When I left Harlie was in the bathroom. I was a little puzzled because she spent a lot of time in the bathroom the day/night before. We struggle with the right balance of Miralax to keep her comfortable. But, we had it just right and she has been great for weeks - with no issues. She's been going everyday and all is good. So, that's why I didn't understand why the increased time/effort.
I got home right after 11, and she was still in the bathroom! Well, Terri said she took a break, but returned to the bathroom at 10:50. So I go in to check on her and there was a lot of blood in the potty. I know that's gross, but there's no way to tell you what's going on without telling you everything. I, of course, gasped because, well I certainly wasn't expecting that, and who wouldn't gasp when seeing that?
I know what you're probably thinking - maybe she struggled and strained and tore something. Well, that was certainly our hope! I had to take Rooney to his last day of intermediate dog classes (graduation day!) so I had to leave. On my way to class, I called her pediatrician. He said to take her to the ER if it persisted.
When I got home from doggie school and picking up Cooper from Bethany's house, Terri gave me an update. She said she was not comfortable with the amount of blood that she saw. Luckily she took pictures. And this is definitely a time when a picture is worth a thousand words.
I know you don't want to see them, so I won't post them. You're welcome.
Anyway, I then got ready to take her to the ER. By this time, it was around 1:30. I took a quick shower, and ate a quick lunch. Then Murphy got home. And it just so happened that last night we ran out of time while reading Wonder. Murphy wanted to read more (he's really loving it) so I told him that I would read it to him when he got home from school. And he did not forget. He asked me as soon as he finished his homework. But, I had to tell him I couldn't do what I said I would do because I had to take Harlie to the doctor. I feel so bad for him.
Anyway, we got to the ER and I was able to show them the pictures that Terri took. That saved a bunch of time and frustration. The thing that had me the most concerned (other than the amount of blood) was that there were several clots - bright red in color. Harlie is on daily blood thinners, so the fact that there were these clots definitely had me worried. And apparently the docs didn't like them, either.
They examined her and took several X-rays. She got an IV. I think they said they wanted to see her inflammatory numbers and check for anemia.
They were thinking that it might have been an intussusception. So they took her up to radiology and she had an unpleasant study. Oh, she really breaks my heart sometimes. But the test showed no intussusception. Darn it. Because they could have fixed it right then and that would have been it. Bummer.
So, we returned to her room in the ER and they said they were admitting her. The plan is for her GI doc to scope her in the morning. Apparently he has another case first thing, then he's supposed to be in clinic seeing patients. He's going to try to squeeze her in between the two. I don't know what will happen if he can't fit her in. I'm thinking if she doesn't bleed any more he will send us home and we'll have to schedule an appointment to scope. I hope he fits her in though because they won't let me feed her and she hasn't been fed since 1pm. She's probably not hungry anyway. But we're here, so it would be better if we could just get it over with.
Well, I am super sleepy and I need to try to get some sleep.
Thank you so much for thinking of us!