It was supposed to be a short trip over Labor Day to visit my sister and her family. Husband, Daughter & I left Thursday afternoon and were supposed to drive back today (Sunday). My niece (6 1/2) had, what we thought was a spider bite, on her leg. Long story short, she was admitted to the hospital today with what we think is MRSA - a staph infection.
I stayed with my sister and niece all day. Had to help Sister hold Niece down any time doctors or nurses came near her. Even to take her temperature. Being held down is awful for me, so I'm not too keen on doing it to anyone else. Especially my own niece who is crying and wailing. But, knowing the procedure is necessary (and having fully cross-examined the doctors and nurses about what they were doing and why), I assisted. I got to hold her legs sometimes and her arms other times. I have to hand it to my niece. She's feisty. And strong. I love her spirit. In the end, the treatment was rendered, and after M&Ms, a balloon from the gift shop and a "webkins" (some new stuffed animal that is all the rage), Niece was back (mostly) to herself.
My Sister, Niece and I hung out in the hospital today. One advantage to an infection is that you get a private room -- albeit one with a bright red "quarantine" sign on it.
This ordeal is resurrecting my own memories of surgery when I was 7. I had an abscess on my neck which required draining because of an infection (similar to Niece's illness now). I was admitted to the hospital for 3-4 days. My mom did not stay. She dropped me off and left. I remember sharing a room with a boy a bit older than me. Not having brothers, that spooked me. It was a teaching hospital and there were people in and out all the time. Nighttime was really scary.
Seeing my Niece there, I can't imagine how my mother did that. My sister and I didn't leave Niece alone at all. One, if not both, of us were with her at all times. And there was absolutely no question but that my Sister would stay the night with her.
Please pray for my Niece. And Sister and I as we deal with all this emotional/family baggage.