Monday, January 13, 2014

Toddler's First ER Visit

First things first.  I'm going to stop apologizing when it's been awhile since my last post.  It is what it is.  I LOVE blogging, but life gets in the way, so sometimes I blog often and sometimes I don't.  I'm making peace with that, but had to say it 'out loud.'  So, no more "sorry!" when I haven't popped on...

If I WERE going to apologize this week, I'd have a super good excuse.

As you may have read on my fb page (which I post on every day!), my little guy, Jameson, was in the ER last Tuesday-Wednesday.  It was a scary ordeal, but he is a-okay and back to school today.  It just took a few more years off of my life and added a few more greys (even though I just got my hair done!).

It started like this...

Monday, Jameson was super snotty but we sent him to school because, well, it's that time of year and kids are snotty galore.  Tuesday, he woke up with a nasty cough, so we kept him home.  I stayed with him in the morning and the husband stayed with him in the afternoon.  The cough was yucky, but it was what it was... he ate, he had normal diapers, he napped, etc.

When we were eating dinner Tuesday evening, I just did *not* like how his breathing sounded.  It was rapid, shallow, and had a "wheezing" quality to it.  The husband tends to think I'm alarmist and a hypochondriac (which are both true), but in this case, I trusted my mommy instinct and decided I needed to at least call the doc to check in.

Before I could do that, though, the power went out.
As it turns out, a tree branch fell on a powder cord and our neighbor's yard was on fire.
Audrey thought it was the coolest.  No one was hurt and the authorities handled it quickly, but still, we were without power for awhile.  So, I was trying to soothe a sad, sick, not breathing well baby while trying to locate my phone to call the pedi.

Luckily, our lovely pediatrician is open until 8pm on Tuesdays (winning!!!) so we went in that night for an appt.  Little man's blood oxygen was at 90 (should be closer to 100) and his breathing was wheezy.  After 2 nebulizer treatments of abuterol, his blood oxygen was up to 94, but the doc could still hear "wheezing and rattling" in his chest so he advised we head to the ER.

I should note first that Jameson was CRYING through the first neb treatment.  He thought it was absolute torture.  But then, during the second, he SANG.  I think the kid was just so damn happy he could BREATHE again!!

It's totally weird that I'm smiling but at this point he was feeling better and singing through his treatment!

We are very fortunate to have a pediatric ER close by.  Our doc called ahead and a tech met us at registration.  No waiting at all!!

The techs, nurses, and doctor were all really wonderful.

After doing a chest x-ray to confirm there was no pneumonia, the pediatrician on call told me that my little guy likely has asthma.  This was not a huge shock, as the term has been tossed around before.  Little man has various food allergies and eczema, so we knew he was at risk.

The doctor ordered another nebulizer treatment, this time of stronger steroids, and gave him an oral steroid as well.

The pediatric ER gave 'puppy' a hospital bracelet too - so sweet

After he got this round of meds, the plan was to wait.  The doc said he needed to be observed for at least 4 hours to be sure he wouldn't need another treatment.  She said if needed a breathing tx in that time, it would mean a hospital admission.

 I couldn't sleep during our wait, because I just had to watch my little guy and watch his chest rise and fall slowly and evenly as it should.  He got settled in quickly, on the other hand, and took a nice long snooze!

Fortunately, he was good to go after observation and we got to go home! Unfortunately... it was almost 2 in the morning.  YAWN!

Everything has been pretty good since we got home.  We brought home our own nebulizer machine from the hospital as well as abuterol and 4 days of an oral streoid.  A follow-up pediatrician visit uncovered an ear infection, so that is being treated as well.  His regular pediatrician said that asthma can often flare up when kids have other infections, so although I'm usually against over use of antibiotics, it was warranted in this case.

Little man is feeling much better and is now down to 1 or fewer breathing treatments a day.  He didn't have any yesterday!

When he does need one, though, he takes it like a champ.

Keep my little buddy in your thoughts!  The good news is that Jameson saw his allergist/asthma specialist doc on Thursday, who said his case is "pretty mild" and suspects he will outgrow it before adolescence/adulthood.  I sure hope he's right!

- Amber


Colleen said...

poor little man! I hope it does clear. My husband has it and it's not fun.

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam, and Dylan Too! said...

Poor little man!!! I hope he's back to his normal self soon!

Carrie said...

Poor little guy! Both of my kids have asthma and my son has the scary kind to where we need to keep the inhaler with us at all times. I hope his doesn't give him too much trouble in the future!! You were wise to follow your Mommy instinct!

Kenzie S said...

Poor little guy! That's not fun at all. So glad he is okay though, it's always best to follow your gut :)

Nicole Obregon said...

His photos are so adorable! He's the cutest patient I've ever seen! I can't imagine how scary it must have been to hear your baby labor to breathe! That certainly warranted a trip to the ER! Much love, mama!

Tiffanie A said...

Definitely in my thoughts momma! It can be totally scary when their breathing goes south. I've been there. I'm glad he is doing better now and I hope he is back to his normal self very soon!

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