Thursday, October 16, 2008
nope. I don't mean "like totally rad man". I mean Restrictive airway disease. That's what they told me yesterday Ethan has. This is going to require a few weeks of nebulizer treatments. He was wheezing yesterday morning, so I called the ped's back and they told up to come right in. As soon as we went into the room, the nurse asked a few questions, asked me to remove his shirt, had a look stated "he needs to be seen NOW!" and left the room. a swarm of Dr.'s came in to have a look. stethoscopes were flying, watches being checked... and me sitting in the thick of it all, with my heart in m,y feet wondering what was wrong and why was no one saying anything. As soon as some of the commotion calmed down, they spoke to me. (finally). The average little kid takes 30 breaths per minute. he was at 76. his pulse ox was 92. (I inadvertently told dh is was 62...oops) and it needed to be 98. the veins in his neck were bulging out each time he took a breath. so they told me we were moving into another room, and they would give him a breathing treatment. They did that, and he started to breathe easier, and he relaxed against me, on my lap. We took tha machine home and all them meds. (albuterol, pulmocort and steroids) to be able to do this every 3 1/2 hrs. (except when he is sleeping, unless he wakes up) Each time we have a breathing treatment, he sits in my lap, and when I turn the machine on, he puts his face in the mask and sits still until it is done. (no bribing necessary) Of coarse, pig needs a hit too.
he will be fine, and his breathing is easier today, not quite so labored. We go back to the ped's tomorrow, to see if they will start to ween him off. He is still coughing pretty good.-he has laryngitis and fluid on both his ears..., so I hope to see a big improvement today or tomorrow.. Poor little guy!!