Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sick baby

Our sweet girl has been sick.  She's actually doing much better now but last week she was in pretty bad shape.  It started Wednesday afternoon and came out of no where. Late that afternoon she coughed a couple times and it was that distinctive barky, croupy cough.  I told Keith and commented on how totally random that was because she hadn't shown any signs of being sick or not feeling good.  
I put her to bed around 7 like normal and she was fine.  Around 9 she started whining, which is unusual because she is a great sleeper, rarely waking during the night.  As soon as I walked into her room I knew something was wrong.  I could hear her wheezing.  I scooped her up and hurried out to the garage where Keith was.  I was kinda starting to panic.  We got out the humidifier and stood over it and walked outside but it was pretty warm.  We'd been down this rode with Sawyer and knew that she was having stridor (trouble breathing) which some kids develop with croup. 

I texted my sister to meet me outside and listen to her and she called one of our neighbor/friends who is a pediatric nurse to come listen to her.  She said she was moving air and her lungs sounded okay but the stridor was pretty bad and we should head to the ER.  I'd already called the after hours number for our doctors office and when the nurse called back she advised the same thing.

So, Shan came over and stayed with the boy and Keith and I headed to the ER.  I won't tell you how fast Keith was driving but it was fast!!  I was praying so hard for our girl and also for our protection getting there because we were flying and I was unbuckled hovering over her seat.  

When we got to the ER they took us straight back.  They immediately gave her an epinephrine breathing treatment and told us they would have to monitor us for 2 hours.  They also gave her an oral steroid and took an x-ray of her airways to rule out a foreign object.  Which I was glad because I had partially convinced myself she could also be choking on something.  The meds helped but she was still working hard to breath and couldn't get settled.  About 1.5 hours after the first treatment they decided she needed another one because she was still having the stridor.  The second treatment helped tremendously.  She finally relaxed and could breath easily.  Easily enough that she was finally able to start sucking her beloved thumb again.  Bless it.

But if you get 2 treatments you are automatically admitted for observation.  So, we got to our room around 2am.  We got settled and then Keith headed back home.  He wanted to be at home when the boys woke up and to get them off to school.  It was a long night.  MK still didn't sleep good and wouldn't let me put her down so we just snuggled in the recliner.  Keith got back up there around 9:30 and we just hung out until we got discharged around 3 o'clock.

Some pictures of her first (and hopefully only!) hospital stay.

Seeing my girl sick was heartbreaking and so scary. 
I'm so, so grateful she is getting better and in the grand scheme of things this was minor!


Kathy Jo said...

Just breaks my heart to see her like this!!! She is the happiest baby...ALWAYS!!!!! To see her down is so heartbreaking!!

I'm so glad she is recovering and getting back to smiley, happy MK!!!!!

LOVE HER!!!!!!!!

Allison said...

So glad she is ok. She looks like you in that last pic!