Sunday, February 13, 2011

Catching up

It must have been week before last that I first noticed little changes in Emily. She wanted oxygen on more, was a little more short of breath than usual, and just not quite herself. Then on Monday of last week, I noticed little wheezes, which were treated with Albuterol and went away. Monday night, she had a pretty fair bit of trouble while she was sleeping, and I had to turn her oxygen up to keep her oxygen levels in the mid 90's. The extra oxygen helped a lot, and she settled right down. Tuesday, Emily returned to school, and as the bus driver dropped her off that afternoon, she told mom that Emily had been breathing very hard at school and had to use her inhaler. Mom called to tell me this but said she seemed okay to her. When I got home Tuesday night, Emily was coughing her head off and wasn't feeling well at all. As the evening went on, Emily's sats dipped lower and lower, and by bedtime, her sats were 90 on her normal amount of oxygen, and she was not moving much air at all on the left. When she did get air through, it would sound like a very long low-pitched moan, but most breaths, there was no sound at all, not even air moving. And her work of breathing was awful. Very scary!

I've seen this before, and it almost always affects that left side moreso than the right. Not sure why the left. It also responds very well to steroids. I immediately turned her oxygen up, gave her albuterol, and ran downstairs to get her some steroids. I had to dig through the medicine cabinet and combined the remains of 5 bottles to get a teaspoonful, which is what I gave. Within a short time, she was breathing much easier.

She stayed home from school on Wednesday and went to her pediatrician, where they determined that Emily had likely been exposed to the flu, which had set her off. They put her on prednisone and Tamiflu, and she is much better already. Still coughing a lot, and now suffering from steroid side effects (tearfullness, moodiness, anger, flushed face, hunger, stomach upset, hyperness, elevated pulse, etc.). She is miserable from steroids, but she is doing a lot better. We definitely have a steroid love/hate relationship. Love what they do for her, but hate what they do to her.

Yesterday was Braylon's third birthday, and also Denny and my 12th wedding anniversary. We celebrated last night with a little party for the Bray-man. Mom and my sister Michelle came over, and we all had pizza and cake. Braylon got a big wheel and a few little trucks, and he was soooo happy. He played with his toys while the rest of us played Wii. Had a great time!

Then, of course, Braylon didn't wake up on his own this morning. Fearing he might be ill, I woke him up at noon, and sure enough, he was wheezing, coughing, had a fever, and then as time went by, ended up throwing up. So I fully medicated him, and he is feeling much better now.

Pulmonology appointments for Emily and Braylon are scheduled for a week from tomorrow. Fingers crossed that everyone gets back to normal soon. We're so ready for warmer weather!!!

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