Thursday, April 26, 2007

What Happened to the Big Boat?

You've probably figured out that we're back from our trip. We had a little snag with our cruise plans but we had a wonderfully fun time anyway.

So what happened was that when we got off the plane in Florida, I had a little fever. That's not a good thing since I've had a little condition called "neutropenia" for some time now. Hopefully it will go away in a couple of years but until then, it means that my body isn't as good at fighting off some kinds of infections. When I get a fever, mommy and daddy say I have to go get checked out. I haven't had a fever since we've known about my condition, but I figured I might as well get one before we got on the boat...

Anyway, so off we went to the children's hospital in Fort Lauderdale. It was my first time in an "Emergency Room" and I didn't really mind too much. There was no one waiting so we went right to the back and a nice nurse put in an "IV" and took some of my blood away for some tests. It didn't hurt at all! I was really interested in the IV, but then she put a sock over it so I couldn't see it. A little while later she came back and connected some medicine to the IV, which didn't feel like anything going in.

I hung out and read books and watched the "Continuous Ambient Relaxation Experience" channel on TV, which had lots of waves and ducks on it. That was a treat since I don't usually get to watch TV at home. After a little while, I got sleepy and took a nap with daddy on the little bed. I needed all the space so I pushed daddy off to the side while I snoozed.

Finally the nice nurse came and said we could go home for now. Aunty Lana came and picked us up and brought us yummy Cuban food and took us to a hotel for the night.

The next day we went back to the Emergency Room. This time they didn't put in any IV. Instead, mommy cuddled me while a mean nurse bit me on the leg really hard. Daddy said it was an "injection" of more medicine. Whatever it was, I didn't like that nurse nearly as much.

My fever went away after the first day. Daddy said it must have just been a bug in my stomach since my poop was like water for a couple of days. In the end, my tests were okay, but we missed out on our cruise. That's okay though because we had tons of fun with Aunty Lana, Uncle Tony, and Great Aunt Ann the whole weekend. Plus, that means we have to go back again for more fun in Florida! I'm going to write up what we did in Florida as soon as I get a chance so stay tuned...


Jennifer said...

oh wow... i didn't realize that you had neutropenia owen! i'm sorry you didn't get to go on the cruise, but it looks and sounds like you had a fun time anyways... even in the ER! OK the first time at least :)

Alana Kim Dunn said...

OH wow Owen, we are so glad you are feeling better. I'm so sorry about your hospital experience, and you are always in our thoughts. Take care of yourself.