Gwendolyn In Hospital But On The Mend

June 13, 2011 by Bill Strong
UPDATE: We are now home and Gwendolyn is doing well. She's still tired and we are still keeping a close eye on her, but she's rehydrated and glad to be in her own bed.


Don't panic, but we're in the hospital. It looks like Gwendolyn has the stomach flu. We didn't blog much last week because Victoria and I were really sick with what we thought was food poisoning (a Happy Anniversary gift from some oysters... or so we thought). Fortunately, the worst of it was a 24-hour thing because a) we were at a hotel in San Francisco and needed to get home (we actually had to extend our stay in SF to get better before driving), b) it was nasty, awful, yuck, and c) we are hoping this means it will also pass quickly for G.

Saturday she woke up a bit off -- lethargic, not quite herself, but normal breathing, etc. But Sunday we could tell she was sick and she told us her tummy hurt and throughout the day she had several looser than usual diapers. She then started breathing rapidly and making strange sounds, which made us start getting really worried -- but then she'd look okay again and her oxygen saturation and heartrate were normal the whole time. We talked to some other SMA parents who gave some great help and we gave her Pedialyte (Gatorade for kids) at home to replenish her electrolytes. But then Gwendolyn had a sudden crash -- while on bipap and we haven't seen that since her lung collapsed three years ago. She stabilized but not because of anything we did -- she just came back up. We called her doctors who sent us to the ER right away. They were most worried about dehydration and things getting worse... very fast.

So the short story is we are now in the PICU. Gwendolyn is looking much better after some help getting hydrated and a good night of rest. And we are pretty sure we will be going home later today.

On the plus side -- we got to see our fabulous PICU nurses and RT friends who all came by to say hi, give us hugs, and see how huge Gwendolyn is now smile. And our experience through the ER and PICU has been incredible. It's been over three years since Gwendolyn has been hospitalized -- knocking on wood -- but the bear hug we've received during our stay reminds us how fortunate we are to live in such a compassionate community.


Talk About It

Sending healing thoughts Gwendolyn's way. Some things just shouldn't be shared in families. smile Take good care all of you.
Posted by Margaret on 2011-06-13 09:59:00
Oh you guys, I'm so glad that it's nothing too serious. Still not fun to be feeling yucky!! Wishing you get to go home fast and all will be well. Thinking of you!!! Lindsey
Posted by Lindsey on 2011-06-13 10:00:49
Praying for Miss G! How scary but how incredible that you found compassionate and loving staff to see you through. Stinky about the Anniversary trip............ pooey! big hugs! Penny
Posted by Penny on 2011-06-13 10:02:01
So glad she's rehydrated and looking better! Hugs and prayers!
Posted by Sarah Turnbull on 2011-06-13 10:06:03
I am so glad to hear it's nothing major that landed her in the hospital. Hope you all are feeling better abd that she will get to go home soon!
Posted by Jessica on 2011-06-13 10:10:57
Praying for a fast recovery and that y'all are homeward bound soon!
Posted by Tammy Duke on 2011-06-13 10:18:03
Sending big hugs and healing thoughts to all the Strongs! Get better soon, sweet Gwendolyn!
Posted by Legally Fabulous on 2011-06-13 10:18:29
Oh man! I'm trying not to panick......I just hate it when our kids catch something. Hoping you can get out of there fast (so not to be exposed to anything else). Sending healing thoughts and big love your way! Get better G!
Posted by Jennifer Calafiore on 2011-06-13 10:25:02
Oh, man. I just had a heart attack reading that headline! I am so, so happy to hear that she is doing better. Pool little thing! Saying prayers for you guys that Gwendolyn has a quick recovery and that you are home soon, safe and sound.
Posted by Samantha blair on 2011-06-13 10:48:24
Prayers ascending.
Posted by Peter A. on 2011-06-13 11:00:43
Thinking of Gwendolyn, Mama and Papa. Glad to hear she is on the mend. xoxo - Kristen
Posted by Kristen Kearns on 2011-06-13 11:02:04
So glad to hear things are okay. We are thinking of Gwendolyn and sending good thoughts.
Posted by Debby St Onge on 2011-06-13 11:33:05
What a little fighter! Sending good thoughts your way.
Posted by bridget on 2011-06-13 11:53:20
I'm so relieved to hear that she is on the mend. Take care of her and each other! ((((HUGS)))) and healing thoughts.
Posted by Kristen on 2011-06-13 12:32:38
Get well soon Gwendolyn! So glad to hear that things are looking up, keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers!
Posted by Lisa Moffat on 2011-06-13 13:00:28
Oh poor Miss G! Kisses and Hugs Sweetie! Hope you feel better soon....
Posted by Misty on 2011-06-13 14:04:15
Hoping for home later today and sending lots of love and healing prayers sweet G's way!
Posted by Zoey's mom on 2011-06-13 14:16:35
So glad to hear she is on the mend! Hope everyone feels better soon.
Posted by Holly on 2011-06-13 16:22:32
Glad to hear G is home and doing well!
Posted by Maia's mommy on 2011-06-13 21:27:02
Sending you prayers. I am so sorry you have all been so sick. Hoping G continues to recover and is back to her charming. happy, fun filled self in no time. I haven't been online much in the last few months. I spend a lot of time at the hospital with mom and even with wifi, it's hard to connect there for some reason and I stopped trying. Instead I have been playing the paino for mom, which she loves, as do the other Alzheimer's patients--music touches a place for them. I've taken 11 years of classical piano lessons/training and for the very first time I am loving playing and my heart is in it. This is where I have disappeared to, but I do keep you G, and you both in my prayer book. I am so glad I happened to get home early and checked in my favorite blogs. --Mari
Posted by Mari on 2011-06-13 21:49:54
it was so helpful to read the update first!! thank you! I know these times are hardest on the two of you, but you surround Gwendolyn with such strength and encouragement, and she fights through it all. I send so much love and positive thoughts and wishes for all of you to feel strong and healthy soon.
Posted by Sheri on 2011-06-13 23:38:23
Adding my love, prayers, hugs.... and kisses for Gwendolyn.
Posted by Kelly Gillespie on 2011-06-14 06:20:21
Sending healing energy to Gwendolyn
Posted by MT Grandma on 2011-06-14 09:23:48
Praying for a fast recovery and no more sickies.
Posted by Lisa on 2011-06-14 09:53:23
Bill, You and your family are amazing. Glad to hear Gwendolyn is doing better. Sending all our best wishes from our families to yours and wishing her a fast recovery. P
Posted by Paul Mabray on 2011-06-14 15:52:22
Praying that you feel better quickly Gwendolyn!!!! (((((BILL and Victoria)))))))) XO Kelly D < smile
Posted by Kelly DeBardelaben on 2011-06-14 16:45:41
so glad to hear you're all home and Gwendolyn is feeling better - hugs to all of you!
Posted by Rebecca Young on 2011-06-14 20:58:30

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