Annika is home--on probation. We had to go have labs drawn today to make sure that her electrolytes were still improving, even without the I.V. supplementation. Anni had been on lab draws every 4 hours at one point in the hospital, and these were not pleasant blood draws. They were great believers in the use of numbing cream, but they used a different brand than we usually use, and they didn't use as much of it. The net result was that the draws were painful, especially as her veins were all shot from so much poking, and when the nurse came to put on the cream, she simply freaked out and had a whole 45 minutes to contemplate that something painful was about to happen. Not pretty when you're 4 and have an imagination on overdrive anyway.
This hospital is also the only one we've ever been in that leaves blood draw duty to the nurses, which I think is a terrible practice. The nurses at this particular hospital already seem to be way overbooked (judging from the response lag time when the call button is hit). Now add doing blood draws on all their patients on to that, and the result is not good. The phlebotomists and lab techs just do a much better at finding the veins on the first poke (and you can quote me, Angela Marie).
So I was expecting a bit of a fight today when I told Annika we needed to go for a blood draw. I was quick to assure her that we were going to see our friends at our usual lab before she could register any protest, and, amazingly, she came along quite happily. The familiar is definitely reassuring.
On the downside, Frankie now has the Rota curse. She woke up this morning in a pool of puke and poo with a raging fever and little cry designed to break your heart. Sweet little baby that she is, though, she managed (somehow) to only get the aforementioned puke and poo on herself and her crib sheet--completely missing the hard-to-clean items in the crib with her, such as the blanket and assorted small, stuffed, night cuddlies. Wow. I'm telling you, she even knows how to get sick in the easiest, most agreeable manner.