Unbelievable. If it didn't actually happen, that's what I would say. Here's the story:


Part of our Make-A-Wish trip included a "passport" we could use at amusement parks across the US that expires one year after our wish trip, which is coming up very soon. One of those parks is our Lagoon park here in Utah. The kids have been sooooo excited to go to "Magoon" (as Brinley calls it) and the day finally arrived (after pulling teeth from the guy in charge of it) for us to go. We woke up with all kinds of excitement from everyone. TODAY'S THE DAY!! MAGOON! MAGOON! FUN, FUN, FUN!! MUUUUUAAAAAHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHAAAAAAA, THAT'S WHAT YOU THINK!

We got Mylee out of bed to find out she had thrown up overnight, and slept in it. Hmmmm, could she be sick? No fever, ah well. We're still going. Next Brinley gets up, tummy hurting. Throws up in our bed. Hmmmm. Today is the only day we can go. What to do.....we decided if we both agree to do something we probably shouldn't do, then it's probably okay to do it. I know, right? Mistake number 1. We decide we are still going to Lagoon anyway. Nothing will stand in our way of FUN. Well, except a fever. From the QUEEN of fevers. Mylee, no, she's fever free. We get to Lagoon to discover Brinley has 102 fever. Only Brinley, because everything comes with a fever with her. I call the on-call to plead for a solution, since we would lose our chance to have a great day! No, you still must come in. All the fun in the world doesn't change that your kid has cancer, and a fever is serious business. I ask if she can hurry along the ER today so we can give her some tylenol and get back to our fun, sick or not. (I know, some of you are tsk'ing me, but it was our one chance this year to go to Lagoon!). David leaves me and the kids at the park and heads to the $250 ER. The same $250 ER we went to last week. We try to make the best of it, so I put Mylee in the back of the double stroller and Taylor and Jade hit some rides. Not long after David leaves, Mylee starts throwing up. Massive amounts of vomit, like the movies where crap just flies straight out of the mouth. The first time, she manages to miss her clothes, but soaks the seat of the stroller. Ok, I discreetly clean it up as best I can. I put her in the front, since wet wipes don't do much in getting the smell out of the stroller seat. A few minutes later, an adult size portion of food comes up again. From the belly of an 18 month old. This time, no such luck on the clothes. They are drenched as if she had bathed in vomit, along with the front seat of the stroller. I get her to the bathroom, wash her clothes out with hand soap, hang them to dry on the stroller. She's sporting a diaper. I smell vomit throughout the rest of the day, in fact I believe it is permanently burned into my nostrils. That's my side....

In the meantime......

David arrives at hospital. They are so very quick to get him in, they knew they were coming, had a room clean and even ordered the antibiotic before they got there. Wow, they were prepared like never before. Muaaaaaaahhhhhhaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhaaaaaa. You really thought they would go against the ER handbook that clearly states NO ONE will be released without doing their fair share of time at the ER? Oh, they made him think they would do it. Always pretending to be hurrying, having the doctor come in right away. Getting the antibiotic started within an hour of them stepping through the doors. So can someone PLEASE tell me why it was FOUR HOURS later that they came back to the park??? Why, oh why, oh why do I let them fool me into thinking it will be fast every single time! Oh, we'll have you out real soon....let me just go find a heparin flush. Oops, we need to order it from the pharmacy. EH? Since when is there not a HEPARIN flush lying around??? And the pharmacy will take about an hour to send it. Here's to hoping your BLOOD DOESN'T CLOT UP THE LINE in the meantime!! Bahhhhhhh! The sick and wrong side of me actually pictures them hehehe'ing outside our door, rubbing their hands together at how they've fooled us again.

Here is my problem. Really? Really? Brinley Torres has dealt with so much CRAP these last two years. We are having a fun freaking day, and I would really appreciate it if you would all just cut the kid some slack and actually TAKE only the 45 minutes to do 45 minutes worth of stuff. Give her some tylenol, get the stupid culture and CBC, give her the antibiotic and send us on our merry way. JUST THIS ONCE!!! For Brinley. I KNOW it is possible. Oh, I love you people dearly. I really do. The nurses and doctors there, I adore you. I am normally so very patient and understanding. We have had dozens of 6 hour ER trips where we have smiled, laughed, joked around, always being patient. But this time, well this time it was not cool. It was just not cool. Okay, my ER rant is over.

So they finally get back to the park at 4:30 or so. Taylor and Jade had a blast together. I missed all the rides I wanted to go on, and I LOVE rides, but I just resigned myself to make sure the girls had fun, which they did. David and I couldn't help but laugh at how NOT surprised we were that things had gone the way they had. And Jade threw up on the way home. The End.


10 comments:

Wife Of A Salesman said...

I don't even know what to say...really what a day...

Susi said...

Oh dear......that.stinks!! But I so love your determination!!! ha ha :) Makes for a great story if nothing else!

Susi said...

Oh dear......that.stinks!! But I so love your determination!!! ha ha :) Makes for a great story if nothing else!

Sole said...

BAAAAAHHHH! is the perfect title to your story!! What a disappointment! I hope you get another chance to have fun!
Love you guys, hope everyone's better soon :)

Adria said...

I think the same thing has been making the rounds at our house. We've had people throwing up for almost two weeks now, but at least it's at home and just one person at a time most days.

I'm sorry! If you brought your own heparin would they have let you use it? I have some leftovers that you are welcome to if you want.

Kat said...

One day your little girls will read this and will say "WOW OUR PARENTS ARE THE MOST AMAZING PEOPLE EVER!!!"

I am so glad you did what you set out to do even though you had some major bumps on the way.

Stacy said...

Wow that totally stinks. I hope everyone is better now and no one else comes down with it!

Nat Lud said...

I am amazed at the humor you were able to portray in this story! You are awesome. I would have been a whiny boob and just thrown in the towel. Oh, the book you should write, my friend!

AmyLL said...

I'm new to your blog, and cousin to Brady C. Just reading today's post makes me cry: my son, Jace, has been fighting A.L.L. Leukemia for a year. Those STUPID fevers anyway! We'll add "Sweet Brin Brin" to our prayers and positive thoughts. Hugs from Idaho.
Amy Leatham

Ali said...

That is how I feel about Lagoon every time I go and I don't have a child with cancer so I think next time you can have my tickets (gladly) as long as you take my sullen 13 year old with you.

-Or- I'll start searching for deals now because that stinking place kills me we with the cost (and then our rotten luck) every time we go and I'll figure out how we can all go together for next to nothing and turn our luck around and have a great, great time.

So, until next summer....