Well, after having upper respiratory symptoms for about a week and fevers for 4 days, we thought it might be time for Jonathan’s pediatrician to have a look as well, specially as it had gotten to the point where I had to start giving nebs at home, which I’ve never had to do.
We were only 2 hours away from his pediatrician appointment and things got a little too uncomfortable to stay at home. Jonathan would hold his breath to cough and his lips started turning blue. I also went to change a diaper and he became ruddy in complexion and starting flailing in panic because he couldn’t breathe. Off to the ER we went.
Thankfully, we were taken back fairly quickly. In triage, we were doing pretty well with all of our numbers. Unfortunately, it took over an hour for a nurse to come and assess him in our room and when they did as I suspected with his ruddy lips, his oxygen levels were a little lower than the desired level, 87%. Oops. Quickly though, Jonathan at that point was placed on oxygen.
Our next step was for a Chest X-Ray. I know no one ever likes to give a child radiation, but when trying to determine if you are dealing with pneumonia or not, it’s pretty much the only conclusive way to go. Thankfully he did not have pneumonia, unfortunately though we were pretty sure we were dealing with a viral illness, he needed oxygen for hypoxia. This was not something we were going to be able to manage at home at this point. We don’t have oxygen or the monitoring capability at home. So, we had our first overnight in the hospital since our discharge from the NICU.
Much more comfortable in his room and with an efficient, sweet nurse who helped me, we were able to suction Jonathan to help him breathe better and then this happened!
Oxygen levels of 97% on Room Air (without oxygen)! The bulb suction I have at home just wasn’t going deep enough or strong enough to clear out these super thick secretions to help him breathe better. What a relief! We kept the oxygen tubing on overnight just in case we needed to hook him back up, but for the first time in days, he got some good sleep.
His numbers stayed up and he slept with a minimal incline on the bed.
Fast forward to morning, we found out he tested positive for RSV, which was not a surprise. Thankfully, as he was able to keep his levels normal and did not require oxygen throughout the night, we were all comfortable going home yesterday.
The next morning.
View from his room. Lurie Children’s Hospital.
When you start cleaning the cabinets with your Boogie Wipes, it’s definitely time to go!