Wednesday, July 22, 2015

We Didn't Know We Had So Much to Learn

Hey everyone,
It’s been a while. Ive had so many ideas lately what things I want to share but haven’t had the time to actually sit down and write.

I want to tell you about our trip earlier this year. We were invited to a friends wedding in Florida. We took this opportunity to visit family and turn our wedding invitation into a mini vacation. Like any other mother I wanted to make sure my girls would have everything that they would need. Because of Jasmine’s condition, I always pack her medical supplies bag first. That way my head is clear unlike when I get to my own bag I’m throwing whatever comes out of the drawers and stuffing god knows what right in because by that point I’m exhausted and I want to sleep before we leave at the crack of dawn. I don’t know about you but this is ALWAYS how it happens at our house.

Anyways, the medical bag goes first. For days and sometimes weeks before we leave for a trip I call all of her suppliers and make sure that we will have what we need delivered before we leave. Sounds straight forward, but sometimes it turns into a lot of calls before hand. Of course I always over pack her supplies because you never know what could happen and when your traveling you cannot just stop into the local gas station and buy g-tube extensions or specialty medication that gets overnighted from California.

Other than the medical bag the rest of the packing is just as it is with any normal family. I pack the girls a bag with a million diapers and socks and as many outfits as I can find. I move on to washing all of my dirty clothes last minute because everything is always last minute when we are getting ready to leave.

There is something that we didn’t know we needed to prepare for.

Day one of our trip and Jasmine is in great spirits playing with family and running around. I made sure to give her extra fluids and make sure she didn’t over exert herself. The next morning Jasmine woke up and I gave her the regular medications and formula that she gets everyday through her tube. Minutes later she starts vomiting wildly. Everything came back up and her poor body kept heaving. Seconds later (its been 5 minutes total) Jasmine goes dark. Yes, it happens that quick. She’s completely unconscious and completely unresponsive. At this point I calmly clean her up and start packing as I call her specialists in DC (remember we are in Florida on vacation)!!! We let her doctors know we will be heading to the ER and need to know where they recommend to go (NOT WELL PLANNED, see my post on why you should always carry an emergency letter). The whole time my mother is watching, completely HORRIFIED. I didn’t realize she had never seen Jasmine have an ammonia crisis.

I’ve been explaining this process to my family and friends for the last year. I’ve been trying to tell them what happens and how scary it is, but apparently its one of those things you have to see for yourself. We went to the nearest capable children’s hospital and learned very quickly that Jasmines condition is in fact very rare. The nurses were “googling” her condition before entering our room. It was the biggest eye opener. We didn’t know what kind of serious preparation needed to go into traveling with a chronically ill child. This trip turned into a learning experience not only for us but as a truly eye opening experience for my mom. Not that she didn’t understand when I told her Jasmine’s condition can be serious but finally she had witnessed the very terrifying experience of seeing it first hand. I think we all take things a little more seriously now.

Jasmine showing off her cool bracelet
Rare sight- Jasmine eating after getting fluids

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