Adding to my frustration is the fact that having to wait until morning meant that Becca didn't get her Friday night feeding, so she went nearly 30 hours with her primary source of nutrition (her formula). (She had some food during the day, but not much. We count on her formula for her nutritional base.) Remember last time she was NPO? And how she had a possible seizure because her blood sugar dropped so low? To 40? I mentioned that to the ER doctors and suggested that she be put on the IV fluids with a higher glucose concentration (the one she ended up on after the seizure) in order to prevent hypoglycemia. They decided not to bump her up and said that they would check her blood sugar throughout the night, but they never put the order in, so her sugars were never checked. When we got home and Becca literally just laid down on the floor, I decided that I needed to check her levels myself. Her blood sugar had dropped to 44, which is dangerously low. I called the pediatrician (and my wonderful pediatrician cousin), bolused her a few ounces of juice, and stuck some cake icing under her tongue, and after 25 minutes, it was back up to 82, which is within normal limits. Needless to say, I'll be more insistent about her tendency towards hypoglycemia when she is made NPO in the future. Oh, and they didn't give her either of the medicines she should have taken Friday night and Saturday morning. Seriously?
There's probably an e-mail to patient affairs in the future. I mean, I'm sure there were much sicker kids in the ER that night, but we had a pretty miserable time, exposed Becca to all kinds of ER germs, missed several doses of medicine, ruined our fun Saturday plans (a birthday party AND a trip to the zoo!), and neglected Becca's nutritional needs to a degree that put her at a very high risk of seizure or other issues...and I still haven't heard a decent reason why we had to wait all night. I'm trying not to make assumptions, but I will be asking some pointed questions.
But, we are home, and after Saturday afternoon naps, Becca and I are our usual chipper selves (meaning, of course, that Becca is chipper and I am at least not mad at the world anymore). And now SuperDad is home from camp, too. (Well, he's still at church right now, but he's in town.) So all is well enough.
p.s. By the end of the stay, I was helping myself at the sticker station in the ER. Thank God for Sesame Street stickers!