I figured I should update about this. Because I know this has been a topic for a LONG time.
As some of you know, Sam had this problem the night before the run. However, I think I should give the long version of the events and how you as a parent will really know when this is a true problem. Because I started praying for any answer and post that would tell me we did NOT need surgery, only because it was her big 16th birthday party.
So, this is how Sam’s Strangulated Hernia went….
Wednesday Night…. She started throwing up, No Fever just vomiting. I figured it was just nerves for her big birthday party. So I snuggled up with her and we went to bed.
Thursday Morning she was still sick and complaining that her “Tummy” was sore…. I checked and her hernia was rock hard and warm. I tried everything possible that I read on the forum to get it back in. I tried putting her upside down…. Warm packs …. Everything I could read about or think of to do… I tried it!!! I did feel gas pass thru the hernia at one point so I just kept praying that she could hold out until after her party. Jenny flew in and even if she was still vomiting and not eating, she was feeling better to have Jenny with her.
Friday Morning….. I knew we were done. She was pale white and had been vomiting since 5am. Her hernia was larger, hot, and rock hard. All she wanted to do was sleep. I gave her two choices. Go get her hair done for the party or go to the hospital. She wanted a third choice. Sleep until it was time for the party. I knew we were off to the ER but I told her to try to get her hair done. I Prayed that if she could make it through the hair appt then she might make it to the party. Well sadly, she spent most of the time at the salon vomiting in the bathroom. Terri took the girls down so I could get the last minute things done for the run. You know that gut feeling that your child needs you NOW!!!! Well… so do I all too well, and I had to drive to the salon right that second. I walked in and Sam just looked at me and said it was time to go to the hospital. I took her home, accessed her port and took her to the nearest ER.
It was very funny. Donny met us there and the ER doctor asked what was wrong. I really was not paying much attention to him. Just giving the facts and telling him, she needed surgery. After the doctor left, Donny started laughing and said “Damn Tami! You are not suppose to tell them the diagnosis…. He went to medical school, He wants to tell you!!! LOLOL. After the CT scan the doctor walks in and says “Your right she has a strangulated hernia!” I told Donny I was praying he would walk in and say, “See Mom, you’re not so smart! It is just gas!!!” Hey one can hope!!!!! So they transferred her to the nearest Ped Trauma Center and they had the OR ready for her.
The bottom line is……… You WILL KNOW if a hernia is strangulated or not!!! It is like the worst flu you have ever seen…. With NO Fever…… And a rock hard hernia!!!!!! Your child will be very very sick and there will be no doubt in your mind that the hernia is strangulated!!!!!!!!!