Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dodging bullets. Or not.

Blair got our cold. Brad is feeling better, and after a day or two of feeling funky, I feel fine. Maybe Blair will get over it that fast too, but right now the poor thing is PITIFUL. She sat in my lap all day today sleeping on and off, moaning with every breath. We watched some TV, and she played a little in my lap with my makeup bag that she loves and my camera, but she wouldn't get down on the floor at all. She signs "please," and it just about broke my heart to see her point at that makeup bag on the side table and look at me with those sad eyes signing "please." I would have given her whatever she wanted!

Blair was still away last night, and we were hoping that she wasn't going to get sick. When my mother in law called me at 2:30am to tell me Blair was coughing a lot and to get me to come check on her, I broke into a cold sweat. I was scared. She wasn't as bad as I thought, though so I decided to wait until morning to call. Her nose wasn't stopped up and her oxygen saturation was fine, but she was getting up about every hour coughing. Her respiration rate was slightly elevated, but it wasn't unlike anything I'd seen her do before. I ended up going back home and thankfully got some rest. I was still nervous about being around her too much just in case she didn't have a cold. She coughed all night though, so we took her up to the doctor this morning to see the NP.

I love the NP just as much as the doctor, so I don't mind at all seeing her. Blair was in a terrible mood already. She cried when we weighed her, which she never does. Then she cried when the NP tried to listen to her chest, which she never does. We had to giver her a lolly, and of course she cried when we took it. Chocolate fixed that though. Blair didn't mind showing off though. On request, she showed the NP her ear, she coughed (the NP just about died laughing!), and she said "ah" with her mouth wide open! Not too sick to perform, I guess!

Blair tested negative for RSV, so we dodged that bullet, but the NP said that she thinks Blair has a cold. I was scared. I was sure she was going to say we needed to put Blair in the hospital. That's still an option, but we're going to do the best we can at home. Since it's a holiday weekend, the NP gave us an emergency prescription for an oral steroid. If Blair seems to be in distress and breathing treatments aren't working, I can call the NP or the doctor, and I'll already have the steroid if they think Blair needs it. The NP also recommended some pediatric nasal decongestant drops. A trip to Target has hopefully loaded us up on most of the other stuff we might need. I didn't have a humidifier, and the NP said it wouldn't hurt, so I picked up one of those, some saline nose drops, pedialyte, and some vicks plugins. The NP said the doctor laughs at her for using them at her house, but she said it wouldn't hurt to try it. I'm game for anything that might keep us home and out of the Children's Hospital. I adore the Ronald McDonald House, but I'd rather not be a guest there again!

So here we are! Right now, Blair's been sleeping well for about three hours. I think that's an improvement over last night already. She's still breathing through her nose, so that's good. She would be miserable if she couldn't have her paci. She's only been up once coughing.
The breathing treatments every four hours help, and that's good too. I've had to turn the oxygen way up to keep the monitor from going off, but I cleaned out her nose real good when she got up, turned the oxygen back down, and she seems to be ok, so her nose must have been stopped up just enough to mess with the oxygen flow from the nasal cannula.

All this for a little cold. But I'll be honest. I'm still scared. She could get worse before she gets better. Sometimes we forget how fragile Blair is, because she's so lively, going 90 to nothing every minute that she's awake. But when she's like this, it makes me not want to go anywhere. We really don't take her places, but it makes me want to stay home too so I want give her something!

I just keep praying that God will protect her and make her healthy again. Please pray for her too! We appreciate each and every one of you.


Julia said...

Bless your heart! I will definitely keep you guys in my prayers. I know how hard you work to keep everything germ free and you have done an amazing job. I hate that she is pitiful and I hope she feels better soon. Keep me posted!!!

Unknown said...

I've said a little prayer for y'all & I really hope she gets over this quickly.

SarahHub said...

Oh, I'm praying for you all. I hope Blair is better soon...