I will spare you the details, because I don't want to gross you out and I don't want to embarrass Piper.
It all started on Tuesday June 22, when we woke up she was complaining of a stomach ache. Seriously, not a big deal, Piper has always had tummy aches...always. I told her to get up, get going and to eat something and she would probably feel better.
As we were driving up to Theatre School I kept asking her how she was feeling, her answer was always the same..."My tummy still hurts really badly."
We were on our way to Theatre School! If it were an ordinary school day, I wouldn't think much of it, but this is Piper's livelyhood! We got to the West Institute and I walked the kidlets in - something I NEVER do - and a couple of Piper's teachers asked her if she was okay, because she didn't look too good! I knew we had a problem. I thought that I would just go to the U of U clinic in case it wasn't a big deal, then I could just drop her back off to Theatre School (I know what you are thinking, but honestly, this is Theatre School we are talking about), unfortunately, they didn't take our insurance, so I headed down to the IHC InstaCare on 2100 S and 900 E. They got us right in. The doctor came and pushed on Piper's tummy and legs and said that he thought it was an appendicitis! So, they took pee and blood and ordered an Ultrasound at the Salt Lake Clinic.
And, we were off...
Then, a major barf-o-rama took place in my car. She told me that she felt like she was going to throw-up, so I pulled over to the side of the road and she opened her door...
She barfed all over...IN MY CAR!
We quickly went to the car wash (she said that her tummy felt better), right when I was finishing up, she told me that it hurt really badly again.
We made it to the clinic right in time. They did an ultrasound on her tummy and the conclusion was...gastrointestinal, luckily...no appendicitis!
However, she had to do a clear liquid diet for two days!
After talking to her, we decided to go to the last part of Theatre School and I would go with, just in case, however, she needed some shoes.
SHE BARFED ALL OVER THE ONES SHE HAD ON.
So we ran to Smith's Market Place, and this is when we determined no Theatre School at all that day, she could barely walk.
SHE WAS SO BUMMED.
I took her to my mom's while I got Teague and explained what was going on to YTU staff...
She went to Theatre School on Wednesday, with all of her liquids.
She went to Theatre School on Thursday, with all of her liquids.
She went to Theatre School on Friday, but...
Right when I got home her teacher called me to tell me that Piper was not doing so well.
We played it by ear for an hour, then I went up and got her.
This time I decided to take her to Primary Children's ER. I figured, even if we were there all day, at least we would leave knowing what the hell was wrong with her little tummy!
We were there all day.
The doctor felt her tummy, and did some x-rays.
We did leave knowing what was wrong with her little tummy.
It was heart wrenching watching her go through what she had to go through to take care of it. Piper said to me, "Momma, it hurts so bad!" (she hasn't called me Momma in a very long time) I cried. Hard. Then she said to me, "Momma, why are YOU crying?" I explained to her that it hurt me to see her hurt so much. We both cried through it together.
We left. Piper felt 100% better, we even went to a party that night.
Piper missed TWO days of Theatre School because of her damn tummy! Piper will probably always have tummy issues. We just need to make sure she eats properly and reports her poops.
1. Piper's Strength
(perfect part in Everyman)
2. Primary Children's