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Sunday Morning in the ER

{All photos were taken on my iPhone…I didn’t actually haul my camera to the ER with us.}

Sunday morning Kalina (11) woke up complaining of a stomach ache. I didn’t think too much of it…these things happen. She didn’t want to eat breakfast and about 9 o’clock she started saying she was having a hard time breathing. Chuck and I watched her for a while and decided she needed to be seen by a doctor. I called the after hours number of our doctor’s office and, low and behold, our doctor was on call that day! After asking a few questions, he told us to take her to the ER.

Kalina was in so much pain by this time (and pale, clammy and shaky) that they took us straight from triage to a room. We had a very short stay before the ER doc came in and ordered some IV pain killers, x-rays, blood work and an ultrasound. Everything (including the blood work) was pointing to appendicitis. They came to take Kalina back for x-rays about five minutes after giving her the pain killers.

It was a good thing too. There is no way she would have been able to lay still for x-rays or an ultrasound without them. They couldn’t get a good look at her appendix with the ultrasound so the doctor ordered a CT scan.

The CT scan clearly showed a healthy appendix! But it also showed enlarged lymph nodes, specifically called: mesenteric lymphadenitis.  The doctor said she had a viral infection in her lymph nodes. When I took Kalina into our doctor yesterday for a follow-up, he confirmed that. Since it’s viral, nothing is to be done but wait it out.

At any rate, Kalina is still a bit under the weather, but feeling much better and just taking the occasional Tylenol.



  1. Mary

    So sorry So sorry to see what Kalina has been through. I will keep her in prayer for a speedy recovery. I’m glad that she didn’t need surgery. I’ll keep you and Chuck in prayer too.

  2. kris

    Poor kiddo. I’m glad they took the time to really see what was going on. And yay for a healthy appendix. You all surely do not need any more hospital stays.

  3. Tasha

    I think your family has seen enough of the hospital! Sigh. I will be praying for your family to be healthy. Thank God for a clear diagnosis with Kalina!

  4. Jo

    Goodness you guys have had a lot of hospital time! So glad that she is ok, and while appendicitis can be fixed of course it is nice that she didnt have to have surgery. Hope she feels completely better soon!

  5. Sara Maria

    Oh I hope she feels better!!! I had the exact same thing happen to me. We thought it was appendicitis but it was my lymph nodes. Not fun at all!

  6. Elizabeth

    Yikes! I’m glad it wasn’t her appendix so that they didn’t need to do emergency surgery. Hope she heals well. Life keeps you on your toes!

  7. robyn

    Oh my! So glad all is better now. And how good that they were able to get a diagnosis without surgery.

    I hope your week since then has been much less dramatic!

  8. Melissa

    We had a nearly identical experience a few years ago with our oldest. Those lymph nodes can be incredibly painful. Unfortunately, she hurt for quite a while before she felt better. Poor Kalina. I hope she feels better soon.

    Melissa 🙂

  9. Delia

    I’m so glad you responded to her distress so quickly. When I was 14 my appendix ruptured (after many symptoms of distress that my parents thought was a bad flu) & I was literally at death’s door when I finally got into an emergency appendectomy – the surgeons said afterwards that even anothe 15 minutes could have meant the difference between life & death for me. I was in the hospital for a week. I hope your super sweet, fair-haired, blue-eyed girl is feeling better soon!

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