This site is dedicated to my ever loving bratty children, my tolerant husband and well to my friends who support me in so many ways even when we don't speak for years. Cheers - to the beautiful and not so beautiful passings in our lives. In other words - those moments when life is painful and all you can do is laugh until you cry (or pee)!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

I almost lost my baby...

For those of you that do not know - we almost lost Mallory the other night. She has been in the hospital all weekend after taking 11,000mg of tylenol. She didn't tell us she did it until about 8 hours after at which time she was gray weak and her skin was pasty... she was on her way to leaving us... It took many attempts to find out what was wrong with her and then when she told us - our world collapsed...

We got her to Swedish hospital at which time her pulse was averaging 40-48 beats per minute and her blood pressure was 80/40... again...... she was on her way... She had lost so much fluid that they were going to attempt an IV in her foot, but then got one into her arm. Unfortunately they had to run 2 IV lines at the same time - so in all she got 7 attempts and IV's this weekend.

She was transferred today to a psychiatric hospital in Louisville. She is on an involuntary hold - which means even as her parents - we can't bring her home.

We will be having her liver tested a lot in the next few weeks as her levels of enzymes are not right - they should be about 35 and hers are 90 (climbing from what they were yesterday - which is BAD). The bad news - if her liver continues to degenerate - there is nothing they can do... Which is the saddest part of all.

One of the saddest aspects of this is that she text-messaged 2 of her friends before taking the pills to say "good-bye, I love you and I am sorry, I am gonna die" - Both friends replied with "K"... Unbelievable! They came to see her at the hospital and I gave them an earful.

We are hoping for the best, but reality is reminding us to expect the worst.

I love you all so much - thank you for your support right now. I hope that we can help her live long enough to get through her teenage years.


ellen said...

Holy shit, Coni!!! I can't believe it! That had to have been one of the most terrifying experiences of your life. I am so sorry. I hope Mallory will realize how much she is loved and how much she needs to be here with all of us. Give her a big hug from us and get one for yourself too. Call me when you can. I love you.

Scylla said...

We love you. Please let me know what we can do. I will ship you meals and groceries, or if you really need it, I will ship you me!!

Please tell Mallory to hang on. We love her. She may not feel like it, but there are a ton of people on this earth who would really miss her if she left it.

Please call me when you can.

Traveler said...

Your text message just about stopped my heart. I wish I had known. I wish I could pay attention to the whole world at once.

I wish I knew what to say to your daughter to make it all better.

I'm beyond pleased that she is going to be ok.

Cindy said...

Please tell Mallory how much she is loved by me and Tiffany. I hope that Tyler is being a big help with Amber and responsible. Wow, what a learning lesson for all of us to pay attention to teenagers words and not take it for granted. If you need me for anything, please let me know. Do you need me to have Tyler for a couple of days? Love Always Cindy

Laura said...

What a heart renching experence. Just reading it makes my heart hurt and she is not even my child. I am sorry that it happened. Hopefully everything will be OK with her liver and she will see that many people are thinking of her and do not want her to leave. If you need anything give me a call.

Coni Nelson said...


Tyler has been an irreplaceable asset to our household. He has proven to be helpful, responsible and loving during our time of need. He is forever and always loved and appreciated in our home. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to have him be such a big part of our life.

Woman with a Hatchet said...

Coni, I'm so sorry. I'm glad to hear she's on the mend.