Monday, October 20, 2008


Saturday was a nightmare! Actually, it all started Friday evening when I watched as Maddie's breathing became worse and worse and her breathing more labored and rapid. I started to Neb her, but it wasn't helping. I called the dr. in the middle of the night and debated taking her to the ER, but figured I could just take her to the pediatrician in a few hours. So, I waited, all the while freaking out (mostly in my head) about Maddie's breathing and the fact that she could barely take in air. We went to the pediatrician at 9am and by the time they'd tried 3 different breathing treatments and a course of oral steroids, they sent us to the hospital. They said she could be better monitored there and could get a chest x-ray. So, Gabe stayed with Grace at home and I took Maddie to the pediatric ER in Fairfax. There they gave her several breathing treatments, monitored her oxygen levels, tested her for the virus RSV (which it turns out is what she has) and did a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia. After 6 hours, we were allowed to go home and she had started breathing much better, but not normal in any way. She was seen again yesterday to make sure she was on the mend, and she is, but she can only talk a little before she starts coughing horribly and we are still doing Neb treatments every 4 hours for the next 2 days. It was a long, tough weekend, but we are doing better. Grace seems to be stuffed up now and not sleeping as comfortably as she has been, but hopefully her lungs will stay strong and not be affected how Maddie's were. Today we are laying low and trying to just get better. Hope your weekend was less eventful :)


Siobhan said...

Oh my goodness Sarah how horrible for all of you. I'm very happy to hear that Maddie is doing better now though. How strange is that, that we were only talking about RSV last week before you went for your flu shot. Poor baby! Take care of yourselves. xxx

SARAH said...

Thanks Siobhan! We are doing so much better and the RSV coincidence is really strange. Maddie made it to school today and seems to be perfectly normal again. Have an awesome trip home and email me or post a comment when you get there so I know you are there safe :) We will MISS you girls. I'll download Skype this week and we can figure out how to webcam at some point. Take care :)