May 27, 2021 Latest post:
Feb 24, 2022
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement . Here is how we got to where we are: On Sunday May 23 Victoria was brought to the ER in Cody for not feeling well from a stomach bug. She was still drinking fluids but was very lethargic. While in the ER they could not get an IV despite 6 or more attempts. It was at that time they decided to try a subcutaneous IV on her back (a needle under her skin on her back). This seemed to do the trick and she was able to get 3 rounds of fluids. Despite the fluids she was still lethargic and weak. Her blood work he some concerns but nothing glaring that would raise a red flag. The doctor stated he tried to get her a room to be admitted but Cody was in divert due to COVID and she was not sick enough to be sent to Billings. So after she finally urinated and she could answer questions the doctor asked (this was my main concern as her speech was severely slurred) she was able to go home. The only catch was that we were to get up with her every two hours to hydrate her with Gatorade and see her primary in the morning. The next morning, Monday May 24 she could sit on the edge of her bed but was still very lethargic. Her speech was also very slurred again. As soon as her primary saw her she agreed to have her admitted to the hospital in Cody. Getting an IV again proved to be a challenge with them having called in 6 different people from different departments. Finally. An IV was started and she began to get fluids. After only 5 hours being in the hospital I noticed she could no longer talk and was extremely week. Thanks to a great nurse who convinced the doctor to come right away the decision was made to send her to Billings for further testing. After a very bumpy ambulance ride we arrived in Billings late Monday night. The admitting doctor addressed her dehydration that continued to linger and stated she would get an MRI the next day. The hope was after getting hydrated all her neurological symptoms would subside. Unfortunately, that was not the case and she got worse. Tuesday, May 25 was a day filled with tests and blood work and we tried to figure out what was going on. During this time she developed what the doctor called “episodes” that progressively got worse. It was at this time the doctor decided an MRI of the head was needed soon. She got in at about 7:45 pm and when we got back to the room and situated her in her bed the doctor came in with an update. It was at this time we were informed that Victoria was having issues due to a stroke. It was decided that we would be flown to Denver Children’s Hospital as soon as possible. We loaded our two bags allowed and off we were via life flight airplane to Denver. Luckily I was able to hold her hand or hold her through every step of this process including the flight. Tuesday, May 26 we found ourselves on the third floor of Denver Children’s Hospital in the Pediatric ICU. Immediately the staff of 6 different nurses worked their magic to help Victoria be as comfortable as possible. This also included figuring out that the “episodes “ she was having were in fact seizures. It was then that a plan began to take place of how we can get to the bottom of what is really going on.