A single moment in life can change everything. Although the outcome is positive, we can only reflect on what could have happened and how our precious little Remi gave us the signs to save her life.
On Carl’s Birthday morning (8/30) the office server failed, so he left early in the morning for the office. On his way home Matt and Kate were dropped off by Cindy to celebrate Carl’s birthday. About 10 minutes after they arrived Remi came in the hallway with pink powdery makeup all over her face and lips. I looked into Kate’s room and found no open makeup, and then I asked Remi… she said “Daddy’s room.” I followed her around the bend and panic started, she took me to his sink and there I saw pink stuff on the floor mostly mushed up and then a pill. I grabbed his pill bottles, and the top popped right off one of them. I called Carl and then grabbed all four kids, tossing them into the car and called 911. They put poison control on the phone as well as our emergency room which is about 4 miles away.
The medics met us outside and rushed Remi in. They immediately started taking blood from her and running IV’s in both her hands and feet. Then they with a lot of forcefulness was able to get her to drink activated charcoal mixed with Chocolate milk. Matt, Kate, and Zane were right behind the curtain in the room is very good. Carl got to the hospital, and the Doctor prepared us and told us that they would need to transfer her to children’s hospital. They wanted Carl to run home and check the pill containers and try to count what’s left while they were preparing her to leave. Carl called and determined that up to 10 lisinopril (slows the heart rate) were missing. The doctor called children’s hospital and then she came in and said they want to transport Remi in the life flight helicopter. Carl went with her and Traci picked me up (thanks so much Traci). She got to children’s fast and they monitored her and took her off all of the meds for the 6 hours which is the prime period she could have had a severe reaction to the medication. I do believe it was the longest 6 hours of our lives. Every thought you can imagine ran through our heads as we watched the monitors in desperation that her heart rate didn’t start dropping. She never reacted but the doctors did believe she ingested some of the pills but the active charcoal absorbed them before they could affect her.
My sister Lauren and her mom Janet met Traci and brought our car down and then stayed with us at the hospital. Cindy was wonderful and took Matt Kate and Zane the entire day. She took great care of Zane and we never once worried that he wasn’t in good hands. He had a very good time at his brother and sisters other house. We were discharged that evening and Remi although very bruised, sore and lots of black charcoal on her went fast asleep.
On our way home Jan and Lauren joked with Carl and said we planned this whole thing. A surprise birthday party with a helicopter ride. We had to make a joke after such a horrible day for our sweet, beautiful little girl. Carl won’t forget this birthday.