Through Rain, Sleet and Dark of Night…Here Comes Children's Mercy
By Brandi Ward, grateful mother
Keeron had been having stomach pains for many months. His doctor had seen him several times, performed X-rays and placed him on MiraLAX. When things did not improve, we were referred to the Children's Mercy Gastroenterology Clinic and scheduled an appointment for March 2010.
But in February, I came home and found Keeron lying on the couch in the fetal position. His color was yellow-green and he was out of it. His temperature was 103 degrees. We paged his local doctor and he sent us rushing to the emergency room.
When we arrived at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, Mo., with Keeron's temperature at 104, they quickly started an IV and took blood. The ER doctor told us that Keeron's liver and gallbladder enzyme levels were elevated and he was very constipated. He was admitted. His fever bounced around, but it would not stay down. There were concerns he was unable to have a bowel movement despite all the medications. By the fourth night, it was time to transfer him to Children's Mercy in Kansas City.
There was a terrible ice storm that night and it took the transport team from Children's Mercy three hours to travel those 80-some miles to get to us. But, once in Marshall, the crew moved quickly.
The driver was awesome, keeping me calm on the ride to Kansas City, while the nurses in the back worked with Keeron and kept him relaxed.
Once at Children's Mercy, we were taken directly to a general pediatric floor where Keeron was diagnosed with chronic constipation and eosinophilic gastroenteritis—a rare condition characterized by patchy or diffuse eosinophilic infiltration of gastrointestinal tissue that usually affects the stomach.
Today, Keeron is on several daily medications, but is doing OK. I hope he stays that way.
I want to thank all of those at Children's Mercy who have helped take care of Keeron, with special thanks to the Critical Care Transport Team for making our trip safe and stress-free during that terrible ice storm.