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Another Visit to the Alberta Children’s Hospital

Posted by Rachel R. Vanderveen on Thursday, March 1st, 2012 at 3:50pm.

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a minute to sit down and blog. A lot of things have been going on here at Vanderveen Team HQ. First of all, we gave birth to our fifth Vanderveen child! Trinity Linda Vanderveen was born on January 26th, 2012! What a lovely girl she was and is! Clint and I make a point to not find out the sex of our children during the length of the pregnancy. We were both sure that this one was a boy, but to our surprise it was a lovely, precious girl! We are and were thrilled!

But then…

After having Her Royal Sweetness home with us for two weeks, we noticed she was a little fussier than normal, and when I brandished my handy-dandy thermometer our little peanut was measuring 38.1! I called HealthLink, even though I know they always tell you to take your kids to a doc no matter how big or small the problem. The nurse on the other end seemed to be a bit of a newbie and wasn’t too sure what to do. Eventually she decided that the best course was to take the baby in to a family doc as soon as possible. I’ve been through my share of sicknesses, with 5 kids around here, so I hung up and decided that it probably wasn’t that bad, we could likely make it through it, and there was no sense in bugging a doctor for a low grade fever. Thank goodness the HealthLink nurse phoned me back 20 minutes later and said, “Actually I just talked to my superior, and she said you need to take little Trinity to emergency right away!” That sounded a little more serious to me, so I obediently packed up the troops and headed over to the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

In a room full of people waiting, the triage nurse ushered me and Trinity instantly back to a room and had a doc in to see us in short order. It was nice to get in so quickly, but also troubling to jump the queue that far. It always means something is really wrong! Poor little Trin had to have a catheter for urine testing, pokes for bloodwork, and worst of all, our little two-week old baby had to have a lumbar puncture! To this, Clint commented that it wasn’t very usual that one of his two-week old children had an experience that he had never had to date!

Turns out little Trin had late onset group B strep. Worst. The treatment was IV antibiotics and a FIFTEEN DAY hospital stay! Ugggh. So they fitted Trinity with a central line, and we began another extended stay at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

I did spend a lot of time in there wondering why this was happening to us again, and no answers came immediately, but our daughter is out of the hospital now and healthy as can be. That alone is reason to be grateful, even though it’s sad that we had to fritter away those precious newborn days with our baby hooked up to tubes and monitors.

Once again, we’re so grateful to the staff at ACH including Dr. Lindsay Long, Nurse Lisa Spies, Nurse Kelsey, Nurse Steph, Nurse Fatma, and a host of other wonderful doctors and nurses who took such wonderful care of us while we stayed there once again. It’s always an awkward goodbye when we all say, “I hope I never see you again!”

But starting today, the Vanderveen Team has reopened the office, and is firing on all cylinders. It feels good to sit beside each other in the office again, working away at our computers and selling Calgary Real Estate. We have a blessed life, and I pray every day we never forget that!

Rachel Vanderveen

The Vanderveen Team
Maxwell South Star Realty
Phone: 403.253.5678 Fax: 403.592.6736

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