Nope… that’s not a typo of interception. Intussusception is a genuine medical term. We had to hear the doctor say it about a dozen times before we knew what he was saying.
Let me backtrack for a minute. On Thursday night, Xander started complaining of bad pain in his abdomen. At first, we suspected it might just gas because he had had an unusually large dinner and followed it up with a snack and dessert. Yay, for growth spurts! 😛 The pain got more and more severe and he was getting really pale. Our fear went from gas to his appendix. We took him to the ER.
Of course, Xander got sick on a night when several traumas came in so we kept getting pushed back. (I found out later that the victims of those traumas included the passenger of a truck that had gone through the ice while ice fishing. Be aware of ice conditions, folks!) The doctors also suspected appendicitis. It was over three hours before they finally got him in for a CT scan. In the meantime, he had to be given pain medication twice and anti-nausea meds three times. It was another hour before we got the results.
I’ll be honest, we were all shocked to find out it wasn’t appendicitis. Even the doctors seemed surprised. After lots of testing and observation, their educated guess was something called Intussusception. This is where part of the intestine telescopes into itself and causes an obstruction. We were told it’s very rare… even more so in children Xander’s age. In most cases, it resolves itself. Fortunately, that was the case for Xander.
He was kept overnight for observation and to manage any pain. He ended up not even needing Tylenol, so whether it was Intussusception or something else, it passed as quickly as it arrived. They kept him from eating overnight but he was allowed to eat the next day. After that, we had to wait… and wait and wait… to see if the pain recurred. He got through two meals with no signs of pain. It was a very long night, but we made it home safe without any of the surgeries we feared.
I have to give a shout out to the amazing staff at the Children’s Hospital. Everyone was so amazing to Xander and took great care of him. They only did tests when absolutely necessary and just let him sleep when he needed to. The doctors worked together and kept us informed. The night doctor even helped to make our bed for the overnight stay. The volunteers made Xander’s night special, too. He went home with a handmade blanket and pillowcase, an adorable stuffed puppy, a Lego kit, and a Star Wars action figure. If they keep treating kids that well, he’ll make excuses to go back! 😉